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Andy Griffith Tells About Moments Before Don Knotts Died

29 Aug

Andy Griffith on the Today show recounting the last few minutes before Don Knotts died at the age of 81 on February 24, 2006.

He also tells how Don Knotts called him to tell him he needed a deputy for the Andy Griffith Show.


 
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Posted by on August 29, 2010 in Classic TV, Comedy, Nostalgia, Television

 

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28 responses to “Andy Griffith Tells About Moments Before Don Knotts Died

  1. bobbie cawood

    October 31, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    in memories of don knotts we miss u so dearly much

     
  2. Chip Garner

    August 17, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Bar none one of my favorite people ever, Thanks for the memories and laughter Mr.Knotts

     
    • Andrew Godfrey

      August 18, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      Chip, I agree 100 percent. Never get tired of watching Barney on Andy Griffith. He was a comic genius.

       
  3. Doreen

    March 6, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    I Love the show and to this day, I never miss it. Also wish they would put MATLOCK ON the air.
    Thanks all you folks,for great shows of long ago.

     
    • Andrew Godfrey

      March 6, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Doreen, Andy Griffith to me was and is the best television show ever.

       
      • Doreen Partica Paddock

        March 8, 2014 at 8:27 AM

        DITTO…besides my Dad, Andrew also who passed18 years ago, always resembled andy Griffith to date. Especially in his movie, No time for Sergeants and of course the Griffith show. Miss them both and I do watch the ‘re-runs always. Thank You Andrew Godfrey.

         
      • Andrew Godfrey

        March 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        Doreen, Thank you for the kind words. I liked No Time Sergeants so much, that I watched it three times in a row. It was daylight, when we watched the first show, but after the third time it was dark and we had to walk over a dark bridge over the Red River to get home.

         
    • James Bryce

      April 16, 2016 at 8:20 PM

      Still watch the re-runs of Andy and surprise my son when I can know their lines pretty regularly from seeing each episode SO many times – 50 to 100 times, maybe MORE!

       
      • Andrew Godfrey

        April 17, 2016 at 7:12 AM

        I never tire of watching the Andy Griffith reruns. My favorite show is Barney singing in the choir episode.

         
  4. Doreen Paddock

    March 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Andy, I am watching andy Griffith show now on TV Land,till 11am, so it has been wonderful to converse with you. Sometime I will catch up with you again. It has been interesting on what you feel,needless to say. Thanks again,Doreen

     
    • Andrew Godfrey

      March 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      Andy Griffith is one of the few shows I never get tired of. Especially the shows when Barney is featured. My favorite episode was Barney singing in the choir. I liked it when Barney volunteered to find out who was singing off-key, when he was the one singing off-key.

       
  5. doreen

    March 11, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Yes, you’re right,but besides andy and Barney…you can not forget Ernest T.Bass, as he’s known as “the nut”I do get a kick out of him! HE is a nut.,Otis also, but my favorite is Opie’ s Charity! When Andy tries to explain to him about ,there’s 2and a half boys which is a ratio, and Opie Says hooray ratio who… and aunt bee the warden great one. TTYL.

     
    • Andrew Godfrey

      March 11, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Ernest T Bass was hilarious along with Otis. One of my favorite shows was Aunt Bee acting like a warden with Don Rickles being made to work by Aunt Bee.

       
  6. Cary

    June 30, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Don Knotts and Andy Griffith were two of the best actors in the history of television, I’ve met many of my childhood stars but these two passed before I had the chance, if they were in real life half as nice as on the show they were great (and I’m sure they were) im so sad these guys are no longer around the world got a little darker when they were taken away.
    God bless
    It’s me its me its earnest T lol
    Love that show
    Thanks Andrew Godfrey

     
    • Andrew Godfrey

      July 4, 2015 at 9:42 PM

      Cary, Thank you for the kind words. I first saw Don and Andy in No Time For Sergeants in 1958 movie. It was one of the funniest movies ever, and then 2 years later they were on the Andy Griffith Show.

       
  7. Mark Williams

    February 1, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Barney Fife and Andy Griffith was the laurel and Hardy of their day Enuff said

     
  8. W. Michael

    May 25, 2016 at 2:21 AM

    Yes, you’re all correct! But my favorite shows were when Andy and Barney got in hot water with their girl friends, usually Barney’s fault of course. But what an actor, just came naturally. By the way, Helen (Andy’s girl), and Thelma Lou weren’t bad either, nor the whole cast. They just made you feel like you were actually there, Great scripts and producing, unlike anything I know of at least. Even the preacher at my church has the show’s DVDs, claims they pick up his spirits when he’s feeling down sometimes(not often I hope). I just wish there was a way to dub in different scripts using these original videos, don’t you all. Maybe someone like Steve Jobs will find a way! Till then we can still be greatful for the old originals, but wonder if they have any bloopers on record.Anyone know?

     
    • Andrew Godfrey

      May 25, 2016 at 9:25 AM

      This is one blooper from the show:

      Barney’s Physical – S5-E2
      Other mistake: In this episode (aired Sep. ’64) Barney tells Andy that 5 years ago on May 16 (1959) he joined the sheriff’s office, and later they all have a surprise party for Barney. However, in 4×11 “Citizen’s Arrest” (aired Dec. ’63) Andy tells Barney that he found, “The custody receipt for the first revolver I issued you… August, 1953… 10 years ago last month since I swore you in.” Andy even mentions having a party with a cake that has 10 candles on it.

      This link takes readers to even more bloopers:

      http://www.moviemistakes.com/tv4413

       
  9. J. Zolik

    May 30, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Many years go I danced every Saturday night with “Don” at a USO in Chicago. Never knew who he was…no time to talk when dancing! Be it a waltz, rumba, polka, or lindy, he was fantastic. He was always a gentleman and was kind enough to give my friends and I a ride home one rainy night in a fantastic car….He must be really be someone we said!! Years later I realized he was Don Knotts! Thank you Don for letting me be your dance partner….God bless and wherever you are, keep dancing!!!

     
    • Andrew Godfrey

      May 30, 2016 at 7:15 PM

      Thank you for sharing your story about dancing with Don Knotts. He had to be good if he could dance the Lindy.

       
  10. David

    June 1, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    I’m 57 now and I’ve been watching them all my life. The early ones are the best. I hated to see Don Knotts and Jim Neighbors leave. I love the episode where Gomer is deputized, given a rifle or shotgun, and sent to the roof of the courthouse as a lookout. He’d doze off with the gun in his lap and then when awakened he’d drop the gun off the roof. Or when ole Barn got locked into the armored car with a tommy gun and was taken for a wild ride. Gomer had put gas in the armored car by pumping it into the gun port. Goober was okay but nothing will ever compare to the early regulars. Ron Howard’s dad and little brother were on there also, for a few of the episodes.

     
    • Andrew Godfrey

      June 2, 2016 at 6:27 PM

      You mentioned a lot of the best Andy Griffith shows. Don Knotts for some reason thought Andy was going to end the show after 5 years, so Don had other acting jobs lined up. So there was no Barney in the last 3 years of the show. Andy Griffith was funny, but Barney was the one that made the show so funny.

       
  11. Anthony De George

    June 3, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    I like Barney…He ran a tight ship!

     
    • Andrew Godfrey

      June 4, 2016 at 12:26 PM

      Barney ran a tight ship alright. He conducted a lockdown and all the prisoners escaped. I like when Barney was telling the prisoners….”Here at the rock”……

       
  12. Rick Hernandez

    August 27, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    On my 16th birthday I went to work for Safeway grocery stores as a box boy and shortly there after met Ms. Frances Bavier, ( Aunt Bee ) and she was delighted to be recognized by me and the female checker. As I recall she was very sweet to us. Then when I went to the hospital to viisit my mom I got into the elevator with Mr. Howard Morris, ( Earnest T. Bass ) and had a fun little chit chat. Then when I was Director of Security for a huge media company one of the parking lot attendance notified me that one of the characters of the Andy Griffith show was at the Tiffany Theater, (one of the locations that I was responsible for as well). When I asked him if he knew who it was, he said, ” its the guy who played the deputy “. OH MY GOD!!! I couldn’t run fast enough to the theater. When I arrived through the front entrance I spotted Mr. Don Knotts immediately, sitting on a round sofa. I went up to him and said. ” Mr. Knotts, thank you so much for giving me such great childhood memories and that although all the characters on the show were all wonderful to watch, I liked you the best. And that without him in the show it just was never the same “. He smiled and said in a very soft voice as he shook my hand, ” Thank you so much for saying that it means a lot to me “. Whenever I see a rerun of the Andy Griffith show I always thank god that I had the unbelievable privilege of meeting my favorite character of the show…before he left us. God Bless you Mr.Knotts and hope I we meet again. Just one of your millions of fans…Rick Hernandez.

     
    • Andrew Godfrey

      August 28, 2016 at 7:49 AM

      Rick….Thank you very much for posting your memories of meeting Frances Bavier, Howard Morris and Don Knotts. You got to do what most Andy Griffith Show fans only dream of doing, and that is actually meeting and talking with these icons of the Andy Griffith Show. Thank you for taking time to post your memories. It is very much appreciated.

       
  13. Dave B.

    November 20, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Both Don Knotts and Andy Griffith were great men, actors and true friends. I will never get tired of watching “The Andy Griffith Show”, as long as they are episodes that have Don Knotts in them.
    And, Mr. Godfrey, thank you for putting up this website. A church prayer group I belonged to a few years ago used episodes of The Andy Griffith Show to teach everyone that we’re missing the good things in life, like family, friends and honesty.

     
    • Andrew Godfrey

      November 21, 2016 at 11:50 AM

      Dave B., Thanks for the kind words. I too think Don Knotts and Andy Griffith were good men. The show was not as good after Barney left after 5 years. However, the ratings were still good the last 3 years after Barney left, but to me Barney made the show.

      I am impressed that a church prayer group used episodes of the show to teach life lessons, about the right way to live with God being their guidepost in living.

      I will never forget when my wife and daughter surprised me back in 2006, when we were visiting in Mt. Airy, N.C., by booking the boyhood home of Andy Griffith for a night. Hampton Inn was in charge of letting families stay at Andy’s real boyhood home. I assume they are still doing that. It was a special night for me, that I will always remember.

       

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