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March 21, 1967: Comedian Don Knotts, best known for his character Barney Fife on the CBS series “The Andy Griffith Show,” tries to transfer success onto the silver screen with “The Reluctant Astronaut.”

“I know what I can do best, and the studios let me work on the scripts,” he told The Times in 1967. “I’ll spend as much as three or four months between pictures just writing. My cinema roles are strictly tailor-made.” Knotts later appeared in the TV show “Three’s Company.”

Knotts died in 2006 at 81. Check out this Los Angeles Times obituary: Don Knotts, 81; Actor Won 5 Emmys as Bumbling Deputy.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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