DON KNOTTS as BARNEY FIFE 2009 fine art print / edition of 35 / $185.00 each
Don Knotts portrayed high-strung Mayberry Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife in the 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. Fife was a quixotic smalltown crime-stopper projecting a veneer of situational command that didn't fool anyone (including his acting peers, who accorded him four Emmy Awards for the role). The Museum of Broadcast Communications described Fife as "self-important, romantic, and nearly always wrong. While Barney was forever frustrated that Mayberry was too small for the delusional ideas he had of himself, viewers got the sense that he couldn't have survived anywhere else."

Knotts (b. Jesse Donald Knotts, July 21, 1924, Morgantown, W. VA.; d. Feb. 24, 2006) first teamed with Griffith in the 1958 film No Time For Sergeants. In 1960, when Griffith signed to star in his own sitcom, Knotts was recruited as his sidekick. Knotts, believing the show would end after five years, signed a multi-picture deal with Universal in 1965. When Griffith announced the TV series would continue, Barney's absence was explained on-camera as a "promotion" to the Raleigh NC police force.
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Only thirty-five (35) prints of DON KNOTTS as BARNEY FIFE were produced for this edition. Each print is signed in the lower right and numbered in the lower left (both beneath the image). Numbers 1/35 thru 20/35 have been sold, and we are now offering numbers 21/35 thru 25/35, unframed, for $185 each (plus shipping and handling). Prices will increase for subsequent prints as the edition depletes.

The image area is 13-1/4" high x 10-1/16" wide (the approximate size of LIFE magazine in the mid-1960s) on an untrimmed 17" x 11" sheet. Paper, ink, and production specifications, as well as shipping details, are available on our PRINT SPECS page.