Who would have known Don Knotts

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Who would have known Don Knotts

Post by koimaster » October 18th 2021, 1:46pm

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His mother was 40 years old when Jesse was born. Jesse grew up in a very rough home in Morgantown, West Virginia. Jesse’s father, who was mentally ill, was a violent man and was abusive to Jesse. At 13, his father died leaving his mother to take care of him and his brothers. At the time, things weren’t easy for Jesse and he didn’t think life held much hope for him. While Jesse had his struggles, he had dreams too. He wanted to be a ventriloquist and he found books on ventriloquism.

He practiced with sock puppets and saved his money until he could get a real ventriloquist dummy. When he was old enough, he joined the military. The military recognized his talents and placed him in the entertainment corp. He toured the western Pacific Islands as a comedian as part of a G.I. variety show called "Stars and Gripes.” It was there he was able to share his talents with fellow soldiers. In 1946, he discharged with rank of Technician Grade 5, which was the equivalent then of a Corporal.

During his military service, Jesse was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 4 bronze service stars), Army Good Conduct Medal, Marksman Badge (with an M1 Carbine) and Honorable Service lapel pin. Through his military service, Jesse gained confidence and found that he had a talent for making people laugh. In spite of his early struggles, Jesse became one of the best-loved characters of all time. For it was Jesse,...Jesse Don Knotts who brought us Barney Fife!
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Re: Who would have known Don Knotts

Post by DoctorIvey » October 19th 2021, 8:46am

I actually read a biography on Don Knotts. His mother, like Craig Claiborne’s, took in borders. He did parlay his role in No Time for Sergeants into TAGS. His daughter does a great show, Tied up in Knotts, as an homage. And like many entertainers from his era he served bravely. Some, like James Stewart and Charles Durning seem plausible while Don Knotts, Don Adams, and Don Rickles are more surprising. Apparently Don Knotts was quite the womanizer later in life. He was an immense talent.
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Post by Mark1 » October 19th 2021, 8:38pm

DoctorIvey wrote:
October 19th 2021, 8:46am
I actually read a biography on Don Knotts. His mother, like Craig Claiborne’s, took in borders. He did parlay his role in No Time for Sergeants into TAGS. His daughter does a great show, Tied up in Knotts, as an homage. And like many entertainers from his era he served bravely. Some, like James Stewart and Charles Durning seem plausible while Don Knotts, Don Adams, and Don Rickles are more surprising. Apparently Don Knotts was quite the womanizer later in life. He was an immense talent.
Add Mel Brooks to that list. He seems a goofball in the movies but served in an engineering battalion clearing minefields for the allied advance through Europe.
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Post by Nuvolari » October 19th 2021, 9:21pm

^^ +1 Mark - Mel Brooks is the last comic great still with us… and with consideration to the fairly recent passing of his lifelong also-hilarious pal, Carl Reiner, Mel surely does not have a lot of time left on his meter…
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Post by conjurer » October 19th 2021, 10:10pm

Nuvolari wrote:
October 19th 2021, 9:21pm
^^ +1 Mark - Mel Brooks is the last comic great still with us… and with consideration to the fairly recent passing of his lifelong also-hilarious pal, Carl Reiner, Mel surely does not have a lot of time left on his meter…
Mel Brooks is also the only person alive who can make fun of the Nazis and Hitler. When Mel Brooks makes a joke, say, about Hitler taking a shit, it's funny; anybody else, it's tasteless.

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Post by Falstaff » October 20th 2021, 3:17pm

DoctorIvey wrote:
October 20th 2021, 2:04pm
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October 20th 2021, 1:42pm
Don Knotts is OK, but he ain't no Floyd the barber.
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