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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

Sunday
August 24
3:54am
The New Landlord
The roomies meet their new landlord, Ralph Furley.
TV-PG
4:27am
Snow Job
Chrissy thinks she's found her calling as an Easy-Time cosmetics saleswoman.
TV-PG
5:00am
Jack the Ripper
Jack decides to take assertiveness training classes after repeatedly giving in.
TV-PG
5:30am
The Lifesaver
Jack's the recent recipient of a new, rent-free apartment.
TV-PG
Sunday
August 31
4:00am
Old Folks at Home
The roommates take pity on a homeless old man and let him stay with them until he can find new housing.
TV-PG
4:30am
A Camping We Will Go
On a camping trip, Jack pretends to be a famous commercial director so that Larry can impress his new girlfriend.
TV-PG
5:00am
Chrissy's Hospitality
Janet and Jack see Chrissy's doctor crying and soon believe her life is in danger.
TV-PG
5:30am
The Loan Shark
When they need money for rent, Chrissy gets it from a loan shark.
TV-PG
2:24pm
The Love Barge
Jack's landed a job on a cruise ship and can invite one person to join him.
TV-PG
3:00pm
Ralph's Rivals
Furley gets Chrissy to pretend to be his young trophy-bride to impress a childhood rival.
TV-PG
3:36pm
A Black Letter Day
Janet and Chrissy suspect each other when they both read a letter written to an advice columnist about a man having an affair with one of his roommates.
TV-PG
4:12pm
The Reverend Steps Out
Reverend Snow is up for a new appointment.
TV-PG