MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A statue honoring Don Knotts was unveiled in his hometown of Morgantown, West Virginia on Saturday, MetroNews reports.
The statue shows Knotts seated outside the window of the Metropolitan Theatre, holding accessories representative of a midway point in the actor’s career.
“It’s a prop that is a symbol for the script for The Ghost and Mr. Chicken which he did around the same time. So, it’s a nod to his film work in his left hand and nod to his TV work with the Andy Griffith Show with the prop for the Barney Fife had in his right hand,” explained the sculptor, Jamie Lester.
Knotts was best known for his role as bumbling Mayberry deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show,” which earned him five Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Comedy. Knotts is also known for playing landlord Ralph Furley on “Three’s Company” and the titular Mr. Limpet in “The Incredible Mr. Limpet.”
A statue depicting the late actor as Barney Fife was commissioned shortly after Knotts’s death in 2006, but was destroyed after being criticized by Knotts’s widow, Francey, and Andy Griffith, who believed the statue should portray “Don Knotts as Don Knotts.”
— MetroNews (@WVMetroNews) July 23, 2016