Sunday, February 26, 2006

Nippped In The Bud

It's sad to hear tat we lost both Don Knotts and Darren McGavin in the same day. McGavin was familiar for "A Christmas Story", if not for his role of Carl Kochack in the orginal "Night Stalker". He was a very good actor for his various film and tv roles, even working with Knotts on two Diseny movies ("No Deposit, No Return" and "Hot Lead and Cold Feet") but he wasn't as loved as Mr. Knotts. It's almost like Mayberry was as close as next door, especially here down south and it's citizens sat out on the porch with a glass of sweet tea waiting for you to show up. While Andy Taylor was the voice of reason of the town, Barney Fife was its neurotic and embraissed by the entire country. Knotts, almost more than the star was accessible, like the loopy best friend he played and good enough at it to get five Emmys for it.

If you want to check them out, here's a testiment from Mark on working with Mr. Knotts, while Ivan tells us of living in Morganstown, W.V., Knotts hometown. Both were luckier more than the rest of us to be this close to not only a comedic legend, but a person who had become a part of our American family.

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