A moment of silence for one of the greatest character actors of my generation - Don Knotts. Knotts died in Beverly Hills late Friday evening of pulmonary and respiratory failure brought on by lung cancer. He was 81.
As a big fan of the Andy Griffith Show, I felt when Knotts left the series after the 1964-65 season the show was never the same. Andy Griffith, himself, conceded the show lost much of its comedic luster after Knotts' departure.