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Don Knotts statue to be unveiled in his hometown in West Virginia

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Yvette C. Hammett
Don Knotts, star of the TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, arrives for the 5th anniversary party in New York of the cable network TV Land on April 25, 2001. A statue of the comedian and actor will be unveiled Saturday is his hometown of Morgantown, W. Va. File photo by Ezio Petersen/UPI
Don Knotts, star of the TV sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show," arrives for the 5th anniversary party in New York of the cable network TV Land on April 25, 2001. A statue of the comedian and actor will be unveiled Saturday is his hometown of Morgantown, W. Va. File photo by Ezio Petersen/UPI | License Photo

MORGANTOWN, W.Va., July 20 (UPI) -- A statue of hometown hero Don Knotts will be unveiled in his birthplace of Morgantown, W. Va., on Saturday.

Sculptor Jamie Lester has already installed the statue in front of the Metropolitan Theatre in preparation for the unveiling, the {link:Dominion Post reported. : "http://www.thedpost.com/Statue-Installed-pq-me" target="_blank"}

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The town continues to remember the life of the actor and comedian during Knotts Weekend, WDTV reported.

The unveiling takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday after which Knotts' daughter, Karen Knotts, is scheduled to perform a comedy show about growing up with her legendary dad.

Knotts is best known as the goofy deputy Barney Fife to Andy Griffith's Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show, which originally aired on CBS from 1960 to 1968 and has been re-run on television ever since.

He also starred in the comedy films The Ghost and Mrs. Chicken and The Incredible Mr. Limpet and played landlord Ralph Furley in the 1970s and early 1980s television sitcom Three's Company.

Knotts died in 2006 at age 81.

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