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Three's Company

Don Knotts

Ralph Furley

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

Ralph Furley becomes the roommates' new landlord when the Ropers sell their building to his brother. What's not to love about this aging bachelor? Well, his wardrobe, perhaps, which he thinks is hip and contemporary.In truth, Ralph has something of a Mr. Magoo sensibility when it comes to clothes--fashion forward he isn't.

But you have to give him credit for being confident, and when it comes to women, he's eager to show Larry and Jack (whom he thinks he can "cure") how an old pro goes about wooing the ladies. Yet when sultry Lana Shields moves into the building, Ralph soon finds he'll have to try every trick in his book to win her affection.

Three's Company TV Schedule

Wednesday
September 2
9:00am
Extra, Extra
Janet's dating a reporter who tells her he wants to write a piece about the trio's living situation emphasizing the financial benefits of it.
TV-PG
9:36am
Jack Gets His
In a case of look before you leap, Jack eagerly accepts an offer to be a chef at one of Angelino's restaurants, seeing it as a golden opportunity.
TV-PG
10:12am
Opening Night
A misprint of flyers for the opening of Jack's Bistro leaves the place empty on the big night.
TV-PG
Thursday
September 3
9:00am
Cousin, Cuisine
As a favor to Felipe, the trio take in his beautiful cousin Maria.
TV-PG
9:36am
An Affair to Forget
Trying to play cupid, Janet sets Jack up with an old high school friend who's in town.
TV-PG
10:12am
The Brunch
In order to get his liquor license, Jack needs to convince a local pastor that his restaurant is a respectable place.
TV-PG
Friday
September 4
9:00am
The Impossible Dream
Jack soon finds that business and friendship don't mix when he hires bungling Furley to work as a cook.
TV-PG
9:36am
Breaking Up is Hard to Do
Jack and Janet have fixed Terri up with a guy they both like.
TV-PG
10:12am
Larry's Sister
Jack is the only one Larry trusts to take his teenage sister out while she's in town visiting.
TV-PG