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Darren McGavin and Don Knotts Pass Away

February 26th, 2006

Don Knotts, the lovable, fool of a sheriffs deputy, Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show has passed away at the age of 81. While remembered most for his bumbling Mayberry deputy role, I personally will always remember him as a fish, taking on German U-boats in 1964’s The Incredible Mr. Limpet. (Click on the picture to enlarge). A tribute to Don Knotts can be posted over at mayberry.com.

Darren McGavin has a list of roles that is long and varied, with IMDB showing 173 acting roles listed. For most of us, however, it is as Ralphie Parker’s father in the holiday classic A Christmas Story that he is most remembered and revered. McGavin was 83 and died of natural causes.

Both men will be missed by movie and TV fans, and At Home in Hespeler extends sincere condolences to the families and friends of both.

I wish that the furnaces in heaven work, and the guns don’t.


  1. Greg from Hespeler
    February 26th, 2006 at 16:30 | #1

    My favourite work by Darren McGavin was the Night Stalker series. That show was definitely ahead of it’s time. I’ll bet most adult Buffy fans watched Darren when they were kids.

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