Celebrity Barney Fife Goes Home By Stephen M. Silverman Published on August 18, 1998 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email “The Andy Griffith Show” actor, Don Knotts, 76, who played deputy Barney Fife, attended his Morgantown High School Reunion, Class of ’42, in West Virginia this weekend, reports the Associated Press. He told the news service that as a student he was “a giggler and always got people in trouble for telling jokes.” In 1942, the class contained 356 members. About 80 former classmates showed up on Saturday. (124 reportedly have died). “It may be the last single meeting of this type,” said Knotts, for once not joking.