Born July 21, 1924, Jesse Donald Knotts turned to comedy at an early age. During middle school, Knotts would begin working as a comedian and ventriloquist at church and school events. Before attending West Virginia University, Don attempted to start a career in comedy in NYC, but wasn't successful. Throughout university and his time in the military, however, Don would be given the opportunity to polish his skills and became quite popular for his variety shows in the U.S. Army. After graduation, Don Knotts would attempt once again to make it big in NYC and this time would be a success!