Don Knotts, Three's Company
Credit: Don Knotts: Everett Collection

Don Knotts used his cartoonish looks and warbling voice to goofy comic effect in his most beloved TV characters: Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show and Ralph Furley on Three’s Company (pictured). In fact, in the former role, he won the Emmy for best supporting actor five times. Knotts, who died Friday evening at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, Calif., also found success on the big screen in the 1960s, with films such as The Incredible Mr. Limpet, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, and The Shakiest Gun in the West. He most recently voiced mayor Turkey Lurkey in last year’s Chicken Little.

If you’re feeling a little nostalgic this morning over Knotts’s passing, head on over to YouTube, which not only has his amusing Muppets Show spot called ”Beast of the Week,” but is also streaming his initial Three’s Company scene, in which Knotts transcends drippy double entendres to score some hard-earned laughs.

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