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Don Knotts

Born: 1924-07-21 - Died: 2006-02-24
Cause of Death:
Lung Cancer

Death Summary: Don Knotts died at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California from pulmonary and respiratory complications stemming from lung cancer.

He had been undergoing treatment for his disease in recent months.

Life-long friend, and former co-star, Andy Griffith stopped by to see Knotts just hours before he passed. At the time of his passing Knotts wife and daughter were at his side.

Who was Don Knotts : Knotts is best known for being Barney Fife on the 1960's television show The Andy Griffith Show. Knotts won 5 Emmy's for his portrayal of Fife. He also played Ralph Furley on Three's Company (which also featured the late John Ritter).
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  1. RANDY BOWEN Says:

    Don had to die young his small frame held to much talent for to long I will miss him

  2. greg mcneely Says:

    don’t know if anyone ever made me laugh harder. rest in peace Don and thank you for the entertainment

  3. greg mcneely Says:

    Greg McNeely

  4. EDDIE Says:

    The characters he brought to life made us laugh and he will always be remembered. He was my hero disguised as an ordinary man.

  5. DEB Says:


  6. tracey Says:

    i thought u were very funny.r.i.p

  7. Jos Baker Jr. Says:

    A real comedian on TV and also on film.

  8. Anthony Rivera Says:

    Another great, from Andy Griffith to 3’s Company, to all the great movies, you really nipped it in the bud, R.I.P.

  9. liz mathis Says:

    a good man gone

  10. JOSEPH Says:


  11. samuel randrup Says:

    one of a kind!!love you don!!!

  12. tim rusler Says:

    i willmiss him.i loved every one of his shows

  13. De'Ann Veteto Says:

    Bye, Barn. Love ya.

  14. Rich J. Goldovich Says:

    Don, thanks for the many years of making me laugh You were the best. Thanks again

  15. Daniel Van Ness Says:

    We can always remember him as a guest star on ‘The Muppet Show’ of season 2.

  16. Carolyn Barba Says:

    What a wonderful entertainer and comedian. Thankfully his films and apperarances can live on. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. RIP

  17. Sparky Smith Says:

    Mayberry wasn’t the same when Barney left. I own several dvds and still watch every episode I can. I can’t flip past Andy Griffith or Three’s Co. Lets not forget Apple Dumpling gang and how funny he and Tim Conway were… Missed but will never be forgotten…. Sparky in Yakima

  18. Jesse Diaz Says:

    Dear Don [Jesse] Knotts, I am sorry I never met you in person, of all people who ever made me laugh, you are my all time favorite personality, and I alway’s stopped to watch you, no matter what I was doing, I had always wanted to take a picture of you and me, were ever you were, but the oppertunity never was to happen, so I’m writing you though your Gone, and at least in this I can tell you and your Family how much you meant to me and all who Loved you. Bikers don’t cry, but you touched my Heart and I miss you very much. GOD bless you Jesse Donald Knotts, you will be missed forever, How wonderful comedy was while you were in the World, I [we] Love you always…
    guess it’s time to Nip it in the Bud,
    LOVE AND PEACE to you my comical Friend.
    Jesse A Diaz

  19. Lisa Weiner Says:

    To Don Knotts,
    I’ve watched you on the Andy Griffin show and Three’s Company. You really made me laugh. I will miss you making me laugh. God Bless you Don Knotts . Lisa Weiner

  20. Maud Says:

    I bow down humbly in the presence of such grentases.

  21. Pamela Osburn Says:

    Bye Barney.

  22. tammy haga Says:

    you were loved and will always be a part of my life and now my children

  23. butch Says:

    Always made me laugh

  24. Frank R Says:

    A true entertainer that could always bring a smile to your face

  25. Efrain Montalvo Says:

    You were the best, rest in peace Barney.

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  29. Mary Dameron Says:

    My favorite movie in the world is The ghost and Mister Chicken. My youngest daughter and I watch it whenever we want to spend time together having a movie night.

  30. kin Says:

    Thanks for all the laughs and the memories i get to watch over and over again.God bless

  31. Andy Vaughn Says:

    Rest in peace Don.

  32. Jay Says:

    Awwww mr. furley….</3

  33. andrea Says:

    They’re showed two of your movies back to back today. I miss you.

  34. Florence Says:

    Really loved the characters he portrayed. God Bless

  35. william lee Says:

    u will be missed a lot

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