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    ClevelandRocker

    [1]Feb 25, 2006
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    Funnyman Don Knotts Dead At 81

    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25, 2006
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    Don Knotts died of pulmonary and respiratory complications at the age of 81. (AP (file))



    (AP) Don Knotts, the skinny, lovable nerd who kept generations of television audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show," has died. He was 81.

    Knotts died Friday night of pulmonary and respiratory complications at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, said Paul Ward, a spokesman for the cable network TV Land, which airs "The Andy Griffith Show," and another Knotts hit, "Three's Company."

    Unspecified health problems had forced him to cancel an appearance in his native Morgantown in August 2005.

    The West Virginia-born actor's half-century career included seven TV series and more than 25 films, but it was the Griffith show that brought him TV immortality and five Emmies.

    The show ran from 1960-68, and was in the top 10 of the Nielsen ratings each season, including a No. 1 ranking its final year. It is one of only three series in TV history to bow out at the top: The others are "I Love Lucy" and "Seinfeld." The 249 episodes have appeared frequently in reruns and have spawned a large, active network of fan clubs.

    As the bug-eyed deputy to Griffith, Knotts carried in his shirt pocket the one bullet he was allowed after shooting himself in the foot. The constant fumbling, a recurring sight gag, was typical of his self-deprecating humor.

    Knotts, whose shy, soft-spoken manner was unlike his high-strung characters, once said he was most proud of the Fife character and doesn't mind being remembered that way.

    His favorite episodes, he said, were "The Pickle Story," where Aunt Bea makes pickles no one can eat, and "Barney and the Choir," where no one can stop him from singing.

    "I can't sing. It makes me sad that I can't sing or dance well enough to be in a musical, but I'm just not talented in that way," he lamented. "It's one of my weaknesses."

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    jedimastertahl

    [2]Feb 25, 2006
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    A great loss. Rest in peace, Don.
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    [3]Feb 25, 2006
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    Wow, so sorry to hear that.
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    [4]Feb 25, 2006
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    I just saw it on Netscape. That's a real pity. He was just on some show too.
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    cwbybri

    [5]Feb 26, 2006
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    I just saw this on my local news. This is very sad. I grew up watching Three's Company, and I so loved Mr. Furley.

    Don Knotts was a brilliant comic actor. His karate chop bit when he gets mad is one of the funniest things I've ever seen on TV, and I imitate that to this day.

    What's worse is that his passing only leaves us with the female roommates, and Larry as the surviving cast.

    God bless, Mr. Knotts. And have a wonderful reunion with John Ritter!
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    [6]Feb 27, 2006
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    cwbybri wrote:
    God bless, Mr. Knotts. And have a wonderful reunion with John Ritter!


    And the Ropers...Audra Lindly and Norman Fell
    Edited on 02/27/2006 3:31pm
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    TheDiamondDog

    [7]Feb 27, 2006
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    Did the woman who played Lana die?
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    The_AG

    [8]Feb 27, 2006
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    I don't think so
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    Purplepaws

    [9]Feb 27, 2006
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    Nope, Ann Wedgeworth is still alive at 71. I just saw her in an interview- she looks good for her age!
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    [10]Feb 28, 2006
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    Purplepaws wrote:
    Nope, Ann Wedgeworth is still alive at 71. I just saw her in an interview- she looks good for her age!


    Better than Chrissy and Cindy? They look like hell, and they aren't even old.
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    The_AG

    [11]Feb 28, 2006
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    Didn't Suzanne Sommers have Breast Cancer a few years back? Or am I thinking of someone else

    I agree they don't really even look like themselves anymore...
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    [12]Feb 28, 2006
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    I don't know about cancer- I didn't hear anything about that.

    No, I'd have to say Jenilee Harrison and Suzanne Somers look better than Ann Wedgeworth, but that's only because they're younger.
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    Purplepaws wrote:
    I don't know about cancer- I didn't hear anything about that.

    No, I'd have to say Jenilee Harrison and Suzanne Somers look better than Ann Wedgeworth, but that's only because they're younger.


    Jenilee "Ms. Botox" Harrison looks better? Hard to believe. I can believe Suzanne does cause she still looks pretty good.
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    txgirl75

    [14]Mar 1, 2006
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    The_AG wrote:
    Didn't Suzanne Sommers have Breast Cancer a few years back? Or am I thinking of someone else

    I agree they don't really even look like themselves anymore...


    yes she didn't but but it wasn't bad so they didn't have to do surgery. Didn't even have to take chemo long.
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    Purplepaws

    [15]Mar 1, 2006
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    TheDiamondDog wrote:
    Jenilee "Ms. Botox" Harrison looks better? Hard to believe. I can believe Suzanne does cause she still looks pretty good.


    Lol, I don't know, the images are starting to fade in my mind.
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    Stephen0684

    [16]Mar 1, 2006
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    Anyway Don, thanks for the memories you were a fine actor and your talent will be missed.
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    Stephen0684 wrote:
    Anyway Don, thanks for the memories you were a fine actor and your talent will be missed.

    To Don!
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    Purplepaws

    [18]Mar 1, 2006
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    *holds up glass*
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    The_AG

    [19]Mar 2, 2006
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    *holds up glass* To Don!
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    TheDiamondDog

    [20]Mar 2, 2006
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    *holds up glass* Here Here and guzzles it all down in about 3 seconds
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