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The Andy Griffith Show

Don Knotts

Barney Fife

This veteran actor and comedian is best known for his high-strung, bug-eyed portrayal of Deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968), a role for which he won five consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Knotts was an accomplished comedian before he hit Mayberry, and had a regular stint on the early comedy classic The Tonight Show with Steve Allen, where he honed his nervous, bumbling persona.

Born in West Virginia, Knotts developed a ventriloquist act as a teen, which he performed in and around his hometown of Morgantown WV. When he enlisted in the Army during WWII, he took the act on the road as part of "Stars and Gripes," a special service unit that entertained the troops. After the war, Knotts enrolled in West Virginia University where he majored in theater.

Upon his arrival in New York, Knotts kept busy working comedy clubs and making radio appearances. He met life-long friend Andy Griffith when the two appeared on Broadway in No Time for Sergeants. When The Tonight Show moved to Hollywood, Knotts met up with Griffith again, who told him about a TV show he was developing. It was Knotts who suggested creating the character of Barney Fife.

Knotts went on to translate his awkward, everyman character into numerous television and film roles, including The Incredible Mr. Limpert (1964), The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), The Shakiest Gun in the West, and two Apple Dumpling Gang (1975 & 1979) flicks with fellow comedian, Tim Conway. Ralph Furley was Knotts' final sitcom role, but he continued to make TV and film appearances almost up until the time of his death in 2006. Twice married, he is survived by a son and daughter.

Character Bio

Simultaneously overconfident and lacking in self-esteem, Barney Fife is a perfect foil to his cousin Andy. Barney is an idea man, though his ideas aren't always on target. He's good at heart, and his advice to "nip it in the bud" always comes from the right place. Barney is a bit flirtatious, as is evidenced by his relationships with local waitress Juanita and his best gal Thelma Lou. A bug-eyed, nervous man, Barney has a tendency to get himself into jams by jumping to conclusions. Fortunately, Andy's always there to help him out and better yet, to make sure Barney never keeps his regulation revolver loaded.

The Andy Griffith Show TV Schedule

Friday
August 22
6:22pm
The Arrest Of The Fun Girls
The fun girls from Mt. Pilot make one final trip to Mayberry. Once again, Andy and Barney soon find themselves in hot water.
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7:00pm
The Luck of Newton Monroe
Barney jails a down-on-his-luck traveling salesman for selling faulty merchandise.
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7:30pm
Opie Flunks Arithmetic
Andy becomes concerned when Opie gets a D in arithmetic and Barney adds more fuel to the fire.
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8:00pm
Opie and the Carnival
Opie is taken in by two shady carnival workers when he attempts to win Andy an electric razor at the shooting gallery.
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8:36pm
Banjo-Playing Deputy
While Barney is away, Aunt Bee persuades Andy to deputize an inept musician friend of hers.
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Monday
August 25
9:00am
Opie's Job
When Opie wrecks his bike, he decides to compete with another boy for a grocery store job.
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9:30am
Andy's Rival
Andy worries that he is losing Helen to another teacher who seems to be an expert at everything.
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6:22pm
The New Housekeeper
Andy and Opie make room in their home (and hearts) for a new housekeeper: Andy's Aunt Bee.
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7:00pm
The Manhunt
The state police ask Andy and Barney to step aside while they search for an escaped convict in Mayberry.
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7:30pm
The Guitar Player
Andy schemes to help a young local guitarist (James Best).
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Tuesday
August 26
9:00am
The Manhunt
The state police ask Andy and Barney to step aside while they search for an escaped convict in Mayberry.
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9:30am
The Guitar Player
Andy schemes to help a young local guitarist (James Best).
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6:00pm
Ellie Comes to Town
Andy schemes to help a young local guitarist (James Best).
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6:30pm
Irresistible Andy
Andy comes to believe that Ellie is a deadly female hunter out to marry him.
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7:00pm
Runaway Kid
Opie befriends an 8-year-old runaway.
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7:30pm
Opie's Charity
Andy becomes upset when Opie contributes a measly three cents to the Underprivileged Children's drive.
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