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‘The Andy Griffith Show’: Was Barney Fife Actor Don Knotts’ Southern Drawl Real?

During a 1999 interview, The Andy Griffith Show star Don Knotts opened up about Barney Fife’s southern accent on the classic show. As the lovable and goofy Deputy Sheriff of wholesome Mayberry, Fife became one of the most beloved characters in television history. From 1960 to 1968, Knotts starred on The Andy Griffith Show as Sheriff Andy Taylor‘s right-hand man. The pair made quite the duo for five of the eight seasons before Knotts left the sitcom.
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‘The Andy Griffith Show’: Why Don Knotts Had No Ownership Stake in the Series

The Andy Griffith Show was one of the greatest shows to ever air. There were a couple of things that made the show work as well as it did. First and foremost, Andy Griffith had a massive amount of creative control over the series. He also had a great sense of humor. So, he would take the scripts for the show and fix them to his liking. The other major ingredient in the show was Don Knotts. He was hilarious without even trying. So, Barney Fife became the perfect comic relief and foil to Andy’s character.
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‘The Andy Griffith Show’: Jerry Van Dyke Said He ‘Wouldn’t Have Taken’ Role to Fill In for Don Knotts

Jerry Van Dyke had a lengthy and profitable career in Hollywood. Even though his older brother, Dick, was far better known than he was, he made a name for himself. He began acting in the 1940s and carried on doing so until 2015, three years before he passed away. During an interview with Pop Dose in 2013, Jerry Van Dyke talked about a lot of his career.

Who said it: Barney Fife or a different Don Knotts character?

3/10! Man, I would absolutely love if they made a Gomer quiz like this! However, I feel like I'm the one that has to make it for them because there has been people telling me that I should, and I would love too as well. I'd also like to request metv some ideas to do with that show as well. Does anybody agree with me? (Let me know)
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‘The Andy Griffith Show’: Griffith Would Get ‘Booed’ by Audience During Stage Show with Jim Nabors, Don Knotts

Can you imagine walking into a nightclub to watch Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, and Jim Nabors perform, only to end up booing the title actor of “The Andy Griffith Show” off-stage? It sounds unbelievable. The late Andy Griffith is seen as a national treasure these days. But according to him, there was a time when crowds wanted to see one of his co-stars perform so badly that they didn’t hesitate to rush Andy off the stage.

Don Knotts parlayed West Virginia roots into successful Hollywood career

Every weatherman’s worst fear is going live with no forecast. That’s exactly what happened to the character in a late 1950s “Tonight Show” skit commonly known as “Nervous Weatherman,” portrayed with comic precision by Don Knotts. His nervous character tries to stall for time — to uproarious laughter from the...
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‘The Andy Griffith Show’: Don Knotts Said Griffith Didn’t Want Lines That Sounded ‘Like a Joke’ in Show

Few television shows have reached the level of The Andy Griffith Show. Even decades after its original run came to an end, it still holds up. The major factor in the show’s longevity is the brilliant writing that went into each episode. Part of the writing was the subject matter. The storylines weren’t topical. So, they can’t really feel dated. This evergreen storytelling is what makes the show feel fresh today. There was also the humor of the show. It was much like Andy Griffith’s comedy routines. He didn’t tell jokes. Griffith told stories but he told them in a funny way. He wanted to carry that same philosophy on his television show.