People kept giving Don Knotts bullets

The deputy's single bullet was such a beloved running joke that fans gave him hundreds of single bullets.

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While Sheriff Andy Taylor was the "Sheriff Without a Gun," Deputy Barney Fife has no such reservations. Barney's gun handling is one of the most well-known running gags on The Andy Griffith Show. He loves to flex his authority by carrying one, but since he more often ends up shooting walls, windows, or his own foot, Andy makes a strict rule that Barney is to carry only one bullet in his shirt pocket.

Of course, when the situation arose where a loaded gun would be handy, Barney starts shaking and fumbling as he tries to put his single bullet in the gun. It's just another part of what makes Barney Fife such a memorable character.

Fans loved the deputy and his single bullet, to the point where Don Knotts amassed an unusual collection.

Daniel de Visé, in his book Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show, wrote about the fans who would bring Knotts a single bullet.

Actress Dodie Brown, who worked with Knotts onstage, said that fans "would line up along the hotel, three blocks, and wait in line to get an autograph from him. They would come up and say, 'I’m your best fan.' Every single person would say that. Every policeman would bring him bullets."

According to de Visé, Knotts held on to these gifts. "Don [Knotts] never knew what to do with the bullets... Hundreds of them rattled around the drawers of his Century City condo."

Sheriff Taylor would have been mighty upset if his deputy had started carrying those hundreds of gifts in his shirt pocket.

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bagandwallyfan52 6 days ago
RIP
Betty Lynn
Thelma Lou
The Andy Griffith Show
ELEANOR 29 days ago
I was watching "First 48" when it was in Dallas and they, of course, filmed the office and there on the detective's cubical wall was a giant photo of Don Knotts as Barney Fife.
Zip 30 days ago
Now we know who to blame if there is ever an ammunition shortage.
FrankensteinLover 30 days ago
Don Knotts was A Comic Genius, he took Barney Fife to a whole New Level. When you can be funny without being Provocative that says it all.
327053 30 days ago
Loved how his Barney Fife and Mr. Furley characters were one in the same.🤣
Runeshaper 1 month ago
That's both hilarious and AWESOME at the same time! (-:
JHP 1 month ago
barney is nothing more than a insolent gilligan
JHP 1 month ago
in todays climate - Barn and a AR - now that would be something
Andybandit 1 month ago
I love Barney and his one bullet.
country46 1 month ago
barney and his one dam bullet ha ha
KMT6600 1 month ago
I love to hear about Barney Fife he was almost the star of the show but then you have Andy & Opie & all the rest ! I just loved that show
MrsPhilHarris KMT6600 1 month ago
The show was certainly not as entertaining after Barney moved away.
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