Don Knotts — American Actor born on July 21, 1924, died on February 24, 2006

Jesse Donald "Don" Knotts was an American comedic actor best known as a regular on "The Steve Allen Show," as Jesse W. Haywood in the 1968 film The Shakiest Gun in the West, The Incredible Mr. Limpet, where for the majority of the film he plays a talking fish and as Barney Fife on the 1960s television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, a role in which he earned five Emmy Awards. He also played landlord Ralph Furley on the 1970s and 1980s television sitcom Three's Company... (wikipedia)

Mainly, I thought of Barney as a kid. You can always look into the faces of kids and see what they're thinking, if they're happy or sad. That's what I tried to do with Barney.
I felt like a loser. I was unhappy as a child most of the time. We were terribly poor and I hated my size.
We began to do little things, have little scenes where we just talked about things that had nothing to do with the plot. In fact, in the beginning, they didn't want us to do that. But as time went on, you see that in so many shows. I think we were the first to do that.
My idol was Jack Benny and he was the master of subtlety and timing.
I don't think just funny is enough on Broadway.

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