Pals Lovingly Remember Don Knotts

The life and career of beloved comic actor Don Knotts are paid tribute in PEOPLE’s latest issue.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Knotts’s final hours included his costar on the classic ’60s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, Andy Griffith – who was at his old pal’s bedside on Feb. 24, just a few hours before Knotts succumbed at 81 to complications from lung cancer in an L.A. hospital.

Emmy Winner Don Knotts Dies at 81

Don Knotts, the comic actor and costar of The Andy Griffith Show who raised bumbling to an art, died Friday night in Beverly Hills of pulmonary and respiratory complications. He was 81.

The actor, who later in his career played landlord Mr. Furley on TV’s Three’s Company, won five Emmys for his memorable portrayal of rural Mayberry’s shaky deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, which ran for 249 episodes from 1960-68.

Stars on the Street

Jim Carrey, Don Knotts, Peter O’Toole and Sting will get spots on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. They and 15 other stars were picked from hundreds of nominations, said Johnny Grant, Hollywood’s honorary mayor. The others include the rock groups Kiss and Aerosmith, Siegfried & Roy, Jodie Foster, Roberta Flack, Rob Reiner, director Irwin Winkler, Ted Danson, Kevin Spacey and the late Phil Silvers (TV’s “Sgt. Bilko”). Sponsors pay $15,000 and, with the exception of posthumous stars, promise that the celebrity will appear for the curbside ceremony.