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Old 08-01-2011, 03:05 AM   #1
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Default Why was Don Knotts so thin?

I am watching some TAGS online. I live overseas (why online) and I have noticed how THIN Don Knotts is. Seeing him stand next to Andy Griffith, Jim Nabors or even the actresses in the cast, he's a small dude. The guy looks to be about 5'9" and weighs maybe 120 lbs. Aunt Bee was easily twice his size.

Why was he so thin? Had anyone ever asked him? He wasn't, but the man looked anorexic on TAGS, but he never really gained any weight, ever. I wonder if he was one of those guys who could eat and drink all he wanted and never gain a pound. I could never see Knotts as a drinker though, he was such a bantam that one mixed drink would have passed him out.

That's the question, why was he so thin? Also, is there any pictures of his wife or child?

Most of you know this, but Knotts' (real) first name is Jesse. Never looked like a Jesse to me. This is the name that Griffith called Knotts by.
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Back in the 60s,you wouldn't have noticed it that much, but seeing people like that these days, they really stand out,don't they ? Maybe he had ricketts as a kid.
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Why not? He was just thin.

ANd I don't really know how tall he was but he didn't look 5'9, he looked pretty short.
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Some people are just naturally thinand have a high metabolism. Don probably ate like a horse and burned it off.
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Back in the 60s,you wouldn't have noticed it that much, but seeing people like that these days, they really stand out,don't they ? Maybe he had ricketts as a kid.

No insult to Jessie Don Knotts. I loved the man.

I dont think he did anything unnatural to himself, he wasn't an anorexic or a speed freak. The man was naturally this size, probably ate whatever the hell he wanted to eat, but maybe in smaller portions. When Griffith and Knotts went out, Griffith could eat whole steak and several cocktails while Don could only eat half and after two cocktails is drunk and sleepy.

But next to the other actors of the show, he was smaller than even possibly the female actresses. I think that probably the actress who played Thelma Lou was the same weight as Knotts. Griffith and Nabors were huge next to him. They could have mosquito slapped him with an arm and killed him.

Like I said, Knotts never gained any weight. He was the same size when he died a famous man as he was when he was a starving actor in New York. Really.
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Also he might have kept himself in that shape for the role, b/c he was supposed to be small and wirey.
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It is funny how people age. I remember seeing Andy in the show as so slim and tall. Kind of a Abe Lincoln figure. Then decades later in the Matlock show he look shorter and rounder. We all age. Don aged too. He wasn't so thin in Three's Company.
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Don with first wife and kids. Daughter Karen Knotts.
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He's all muscle.
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He's all muscle.

LOL ...his whole body is a weapon .

Honestly though - my grandpa was the oldest of eight boys. My g'pa was the "athlete" of the bunch (broad shoulders - strong legs)...four of his brothers were heavy set (fat) and the other three were bean poles, even in their later years...all were big eaters if I remember right. I think it's just the genetic "luck of the draw".
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It must be tough to be in show business. You mentioned his first wife and kids. Did he marry again? I always wonder how the children cope. I couldn't imagine my folks separating.
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