Unraveling A Comedy Legend: Facts About Don Knotts That Will Shock You

Don Knotts is best known for playing the iconic character Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, but there’s much more to know about this multi-talented actor and his life behind the scenes. Knotts has one of the most storied careers in Hollywood and was a pioneer in television. The legacy he left behind is one unmatched by his rivals. Of course, his life and career wasn’t all happiness and sunshine all the time. This is the story of Don Knotts, the iconic comedy legend.

His Many Acting Awards

American actors Don Knotts and Frances Bavier
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Don Knotts won five Primetime Emmy awards (in 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, and 1967) for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy for playing Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show.

The show would go on to win many more awards by many other actors during its run on television. It ran for eight seasons and aired 249 episodes. Don Knotts’ number of awards is still impressive by today’s standards.