February 26, 2006
FOXNews.com - Foxlife: Entertainment and Lifestyle News - Actor Don Knotts Dies at 81: "LOS ANGELES � Don Knotts, who won TV immortality and five Emmys for playing the bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on 'The Andy Griffith Show' with self-deprecating humor, was remembered by his friend and co-star as a comedic genius who wrote some of the show's best scenes.
'Don was a small man ... but everything else about him was large: his mind, his expressions,' Griffith told The Associated Press on Saturday. 'Don was special. There's nobody like him.'
Knotts, 81, died Friday of pulmonary and respiratory complications at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, said Sherwin Bash, his friend and manager.
His half-century career included more than 25 films and seven TV series, most notably playing the bug-eyed deputy who 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."