Don Knotts


Age: 81

comedic actor who kept generations of TV audiences laughing for his portrayal as the bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show and would-be swinger landlord Ralph Furley on Three's Company, who was one of the original cast members of the late-night comedy-variety show The Steve Allen Show that was the precursor to the Tonight Show on NBC from 1956 to 1961 during his early TV career, and who was one of a group of memorable comics backing Allen that included Louis Nye, Tom Poston, and Bill "Jose Jimenez" Dana.

Cause of Death: Lung cancer

Born: July 21, 1924

Died: February 24, 2006

Los Angeles, California