On July 21, 1924, actor Don Knotts was born in Morgantown, where his mother ran a boarding house. During World War II, he honed his comedic skills entertaining troops in the Army.
After the war, Knotts returned to Morgantown and earned a drama degree from West Virginia University. He first came to national attention with a role on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow and then got his big break in the Broadway play No Time for Sergeants, stealing scenes opposite Andy Griffith. At the same time, Knotts was becoming a household name for his comedic turns on Steve Allen’s TV variety show.