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Morgantown in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Don Knotts

(July 21, 1924 - February 24, 2006)

 
 
Don Knotts Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, March 28, 2022
1. Don Knotts Marker
Inscription.  
Don Knotts, a Morgantown native, began his career performing as a ventriloquist here at the historic Metropolitan Theatre.

After graduating from Morgantown High School in 1942 and West Virginia University in 1948, his impressive comedic and acting talents led to memorable television and movie roles, including:

== Deputy Barney Fife in The Andy Griffith Show
== Ralph Furley in Three's Company
== Henry Limpet in The Incredible Mr. Limpet
== Luther Heggs in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
== Theodore Ogelvie in The Apple Dumpling Gang

Among the many honors Don received during his career were five Emmys for his role on The Andy Griffith Show and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000.

Married three times, Don had two children, Thomas and Karen. Never forgetting his roots, Don returned many times to attend high school reunions and visit friends.

To commemorate his life and success in making us all laugh, Don Knotts Boulevard was named in his honor in 1998.

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Erected 2022 by Morgantown History Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1942.
 
Location. 39° 37.843′ N, 79° 57.314′ W. Marker is in Morgantown, West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker is on High Street (U.S. 119) south of Fayette Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker stands to the left of the Don Knotts Statue in front of The Metropolitan Theatre. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 371 High St, Morgantown WV 26505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chief James H. Kennedy (a few steps from this marker); Garlow Building (a few steps from this marker); First Methodist Protestant Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Stone House (about 400 feet away); Zackwill Morgan (about 400 feet away); World War II Memorial (about 500 feet away); World War I Memorial (about 500 feet away); To the Patriots of the American Revolution (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgantown.
 
Don Knotts Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, March 28, 2022
2. Don Knotts Marker
Marker is to the left on the Don Knotts Statue.
Don Knotts Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, March 28, 2022
3. Don Knotts Marker
In front of The Metropolitan Theatre.
Don Knotts Boulevard Road Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, March 29, 2022
4. Don Knotts Boulevard Road Sign
U.S. Route 119 (South University Avenue) looking north.
Don Knotts Statue Donor Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, March 28, 2022
5. Don Knotts Statue Donor Plaque
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 29, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 29, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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