Don Knotts probably would have been fairly far down my list of comedians to reference for this blog, but his name suddenly appeared before me in the book The Ballad of Rango. David Shannon is a writer and illustrator of children’s books, and a friend of Gore Verbinski. He was one of the 3 people to initiate the idea for Rango. In the book he says,
“I’m a big fan of Don Knotts, and we pictured [our chameleon] as that kind of character”
So here is little Don Knotts to remind those of us who know him, and introduce him to those who don’t.
For most of my life I only knew Don Knotts from The Andy Griffith Show, and a few of his kiddy movies. A few years ago I watched “The Love God?” and found it extremely funny for it’s nod and wink to adult entertainment, which is contrary to most of Don’s work. Here is a terrific short review of the movie, which points out how great Knotts was at playing the frightened character.
If you would care to know a lot more about him, there is a seven part interview on youtube. Here is part 1.