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Don Knotts

Three's Company

Don Knotts

Ralph Furley

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
April 20
3:00am
Chrissy's Date
Chrissy meets a new, "older" man at the supermarket.
TV-PG
3:30am
Alone Together
Jack and Chrissy spend a night alone in the apartment when Janet stays the night with Mrs. Roper.
TV-PG
4:00am
Roper's Car
Roper sells the trio his broken-down car, but then gets a better offer and tries to get it back.
TV-PG
4:30am
Cyrano de Tripper
Chrissy promises a dinner to her new man, a gourmet critic, but she can't even boil water.
TV-PG
5:00am
Chrissy's Night Out
Chrissy gets a little too friendly to an undercover detective during a girls' night out at the Funky Fox.
TV-PG
5:30am
Stanley Casanova
Helen thinks Stanley's cheating when she sees an attractive woman cozying up to him at the Regal Beagle.
TV-PG
6:00am
Janet's High School Sweetheart
A high school heartthrob from Janet's past shows up.
TV-PG
6:30am
Jack's Uncle
Jack's crafty Uncle Fremont decides to give the trio a hand when the rent comes due.
TV-PG
7:00am
Helen's Job
Helen takes a job at a seedy cafeteria to teach Stanley a lesson.
TV-PG
7:30am
Three's Christmas
The trio has an ethical dilemma when they receive a last-minute invitation to hot Christmas party.
TV-PG
9:00am
The Gift
Chrissy thinks a fancy jacket Jack is holding for Stanley is a birthday gift for her.
TV-PG
9:36am
The Rivals
Janet thinks Chrissy purposefully stole her blind date.
TV-PG
10:12am
The Baby Sitters
Janet enlists her roommates to fill in for her at a babysitting gig.
TV-PG
10:48am
Home Movies
Chrissy gets a super-8 camera and catches the movie bug.
TV-PG
11:24am
Jack in the Flower Shop
Janet hires Jack to help out at the flower shop.
TV-PG
Tuesday
April 22
4:00am
Chrissy's Date
Chrissy meets a new, "older" man at the supermarket.
TV-PG
4:30am
Alone Together
Jack and Chrissy spend a night alone in the apartment when Janet stays the night with Mrs. Roper.
TV-PG
Wednesday
April 23
4:00am
Roper's Car
Roper sells the trio his broken-down car, but then gets a better offer and tries to get it back.
TV-PG
4:30am
Cyrano de Tripper
Chrissy promises a dinner to her new man, a gourmet critic, but she can't even boil water.
TV-PG