Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Don Knotts

You may remember Don Knotts as the loveable Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show.  But he did many other gigs.  In the 70s and 80s he made many guest appearances on The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Matlock, and scores of others.

Don's legacy is long and far-reaching.  He has given millions of people laughter and smiles.  Read here how he inspired a teenage boy recovering from a spinal injury.

In this clip, see Don plugging tax preparation services and appearing on that Saturday's episode of Fantasy Island.  Note also second degree, Warren Beaty.  This is a blast from the past, so get your bellbottoms, Tab, and hairspray ready!
Don Knotts appeared on the first season of The Love Boat in the episode, Who killed Maxwell Thorn?  So was Barbi Benton, a lover of fifth degree, Hugh Heffner.  Find full episodes of Love Boat here.

3 Degrees

I was unable to find footage of third degree, Don Knotts on The Love Boat, but here he is in a wonderful clip from The Ghost and Mister Chicken.  
Second degree, Fred Grandy was a core cast member of The Love Boat.  He had a career change later in life to become a member of the United States Congress for four terms, most of them during the presidency of first degree presidents Bill Clinton, H.W. Bush, and W. Bush.  President Clinton is mentioned in the Gabrielle Giffords, Jimmy McMillan, Asia Cottom, and George Stephanopoulos posts. President George W. Bush was mentioned in the King Tut #1 post, the Glenn McDuffie post, and the Beyonce Knowles post.

Fred Grandy is a centrist Republican.  If you care to hear a good interview with him, here it is.  Enjoy.

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