What Happened To Barney Fife


Why did Barney leave The Andy Griffith Show?

“I left because Andy had said he would never do the show longer than five years. And, I had a five-year contract,” Knotts explained. This was an offer Knotts believed he shouldn't pass up because the show's star wasn't planning to stay on after the fifth season. Well, as fate would have it, Griffith changed his mind. via

What happened to Barney Fife and Thelma Lou?

Thelma Lou and Barney parted ways when he left Mayberry to join the Raleigh police force and Knotts left the series after five years. Barney returned in a season six episode to attend his high school reunion and was excited to reunite with his former girlfriend. Unfortunately, she had married another man. via

Who replaced Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show?

After season five finished, Don Knotts decided not to renew his contract with the show to pursue another opportunity. So, when Knotts decided to leave, the show had to fill the Barney Fife role. In his stead, Jack Burns was cast as the deputy to replace Barney. via

What happened to Barney Fife in Season 5?

Sadly for "T.A.G.S." fans, Emmy-winning actor Don Knotts, who played Mayberry's clumsy but lovable one-bullet-carrying Deputy Fife for the first five years of the series, left the show as a regular cast member after this fifth season of the show, in order to pursue a career in the movies. via

Why did Frances Bavier hate Andy?

Andy Griffith and Frances Bavier did not get along during the series. According to Griffith and Howard Morris, Bavier was extremely sensitive, and resented her role of Aunt Bee. Andy Griffith originally told Don Knotts that he only wanted to do the show for five years. via

Did Helen and Andy date in real life?

In real life, Griffith and Helen Crump actor Aneta Corsaut were romantically involved, to the point that he asked her to marry him several times. This time it was Corsaut and not the show's writers who said no to marriage. via

Did Aunt Bee wear a wig?

Perhaps the biggest example comes in the season 7 episode "Aunt Bee's Crowning Glory." In it, Aunt Bee tries to wear a wig to look prettier, and everybody agrees it's a good look. via

Does Barney ever marry Thelma Lou?

Thelma Lou appears in the 1986 television reunion movie Return to Mayberry. Her marriage in 1965 is revealed to have lasted only a year before ending in divorce. Barney finally marries Thelma Lou. via

How was Barney Fife written off?

Knotts asked to be written out of scripts

Knotts' absences from the show were usually explained with scripts having Barney on vacation at the YMCA in Raleigh, NC. A lengthy letter from him was a treat for Andy, Floyd, and sometimes Goober as they savored the single deputy's details of his stay in the big city. via

What is Barney Fife's real name?

Barney Fife via

Who were Andy Taylor's girlfriends?

Andy Taylor via

What did Barney Fife always say?

Barney: (chanting for good luck) Come, fish, come. Come, fish, come. via

What pistol did Barney Fife carry?

After becoming a detective on the Raleigh, North Carolina Police Department, Barney Fife (Don Knotts) carried a Colt Detective Special, which he wore in a crossdraw belt holster. via

What happened to Andy Taylor's wife?

Andy said in one episode that Opie's “maw” died when Opie was “the least little speck of a baby”. It is never specified how she died. via

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