Don Knotts (July 21, 1924 — February 24, 2006) was a highly respected comedic actor, best known for his role on The Andy Griffith Show as Barney Fife. Later, he appeared in two episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Movies and on Three's Company as the landlord Ralph Furley. He also did a several movies in a comedy duo with Tim Conway during The '70s such as The Apple Dumpling Gang and The Private Eyes.
Tropes Associated with Don Knotts:
- The Bus Came Back: Barney came back for some guest appearances.
- Clueless Deputy: Barney practically codified this trope.
- Dirty Old Man: Not Don Knotts himself, but how he portrayed Mr. Furley.
- Embarrassing First Name: His full name is Jesse Donald Knotts.
- Ghost Story: The film The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, in which he plays the emponymous Mr. Chicken. It's about a cowardly reporter investigating the local Haunted House.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: A frequent part of Don's comedy acts and as his signature role of Barney Fife. Averted in real life, as he was a talented singer with a fine baritone voice.
- Ink-Suit Actor: In The Incredible Mr. Limpet.
- Put on a Bus: Don Knotts left The Andy Griffith Show and the character of Barney Fife accepted a new job in Charlotte. He did come back for a few guest appearances, and also for the 1986 reunion TV movie Return to Mayberry.
- Slapstick: He was a master of the craft.