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Don Knotts Biography

Birth Name:
Jesse Donald Knotts
Birth Place:
Morgantown, West Virginia, United States

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


  • 1963Emmy-Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor: winner
  • 1962Emmy-Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor: winner
  • 1961Emmy-Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor or Actress in a Series: winner


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