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Fast Facts

  • As a teen, worked as a ventriloquist with a doll named Danny.
  • Served with the U.S. Army during World War II as part of Stars and Gripes, a GI variety show.
  • Made his TV debut on the daytime soap Search for Tomorrow.
  • Met Andy Griffith in 1955 when they both appeared on Broadway in the play No Time for Sergeants.
  • Won all five of the Emmys he was nominated for.
  • Last big-screen credit was the voice of Mayor Turkey Lurkey in Disney's 2005 animated movie Chicken Little.
  • A street in his hometown of Morgantown, WV, was renamed Don Knotts Boulevard in his honor.

Awards

  • 1961, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor or Actress in a Series: Winner
  • 1963, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor: Winner
  • 1966, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy: Winner
  • 1962, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor: Winner
  • 1967, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy: Winner

Relationships

  • Elsie Knotts — Mother
  • Kathryn Metz — Ex-wife
  • Lara Lee Szuchna — Ex-wife
  • William Jesse Knotts — Father
  • Francey Yarborough — Wife
  • Karen Knotts — Daughter
  • Thomas Allen Knotts — Son

College

  • Attended University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV (BA in Speech, 1948)

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Details

  • Birth Name: Jesse Donald Knotts
  • Birth Place: Morgantown, WV
  • Birthday: July 21, 1924, Cancer
  • Died: February 24, 2006
  • Profession: Actor
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