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  •  It was Don Knotts and yes he did believe he was (3+ / 0-)
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    worthy of spinning off his character. That's why he left Andy Griffith.  He just did it for the movies. Who can forget the Reluctant Astronaut, the Incredible Mr. Limpit or the Shakiest Gun in the West?  He also tried his own variety type TV show called the Don Knotts show which is probably what made him realize that his appeal was as a character in ensemble shows.

    Although the name Don Adams reminds me of another wonderful show from the 60s that more or less gave us a national treasure... Mel Brooks.

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 07:42:34 AM PST

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    •  oops! I meant Don Knotts of course (4+ / 0-)
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      Thanks for the correction.

      I checked the Wiki, and you're right, I thought he was on for the entire run, but I guess he left after being in five of eight years although he returned often for guest appearances. It did mention that originally Andy was supposed to be the funny one and Barney the straight guy but everyone realized after the first episode that the reverse was better.

      I think he was successful outside of the Andy Griffith show, but to me Barney Fife was his real role of a lifetime.

      Get Smart was also a great show. My family often makes jokes about "lowering the cone of silence" even today.

      “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

      by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:10:56 AM PST

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      •  He was one of my favorites too... (2+ / 0-)
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        Always loved the character of Barney and Mr. Furley wasn't bad either. Both he, Andy and Opie (Ron Howard) were good Democrats too, so that's a side benefit.  

        A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

        by dougymi on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:34:13 AM PST

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