‘Andy Griffith Show’ Star Don Knotts’ Daughter Compares Him to a Classical Musician

by Jacklyn Krol

Andy Griffith Show star Don Knotts’ daughter believes that her father was similar to a classical musician.

In an interview with Yahoo!, Karen Knotts explained how her deceased father compared to one.

“In a lot of ways, he was like a classical musician, ” she explained. “He would rehearse and rehearse. He would drill those words until he got the right inflection and the right nuance.” Nuance was also the watchword for the series.

Ironically, one of her father’s favorite episodes of the Andy Griffith Show was about music, entitled “Barney and the Choir.”

The episode followed Barney Fife who wanted to join the Mayberry musical ensemble. However, he was pretty much tone-deaf and couldn’t carry a tune. He even tried wearing a bucket over his head with reinforced handles. But no one came out to say that singing was not his strong suit.

“That was sweet,” Karen Knotts said. “They didn’t want to hurt Barney’s feelings. Those characters genuinely cared for one another. That’s how they were written.”

‘Andy Griffith Show’ Mayor Blunder

The town of Mayberry briefly had a mayor on the show. However, Griffith was not pleased with this decision made by the show’s creator, Sheldon Leonard. This led to the one fight that the Andy Griffith Show star had with the creative team. 

MeTV reported that Griffith fought with Leonard about this. His reasoning was that the show did not need another boss figure. Additionally, the mayor would only cover a town whereas his job covered the entire county. 

“He wanted to introduce a character that I knew wasn’t going to work,” Griffith explained. “And it didn’t.”

Griffith’s concerns were ignored. Leonard hired Dick Elliott to portray Mayor Floyd Pike for a total of eleven episodes. His first appearance was in the Season 1 episode, “The Manhunt.” In real life, Elliott died in 1961 during the show’s second season. Despite this, the show never really addressed his exit. Parley Baer then portrayed Mayer Stoner for a total of seven episodes as a strict official. Following the Season 3 episode “Rafe Hollister Sings,” he left the show.