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Don Knotts (1924-2006)

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Don Knotts (1924-2006), television and movie actor, was born in Morgantown, where his parents and relatives were farmers. He was the youngest of four boys in a family he described as "dirt poor." Knotts said, "It was the 1930s, and those were tough times for all of us, but we had such humor in our family -- except for my father. He was pretty sick. He had a nervous breakdown about the time I was born -- maybe I did it -- but all my brothers were very funny, and my mother loved to laugh." Jesse Donald Knotts graduated from Morgantown High School in 1942. The 1942 school yearbook lists him as Donald Jesse Knotts. He attended West Virginia University, where he majored in speech, hoping to become a teacher. A street in Morgantown has been renamed Don Knotts Boulevard. Knotts played the role of Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show. See also the Morgantown chapter of the Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club, which has photos of Don at Morgantown High School.

Don Knotts (1924-2006)


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