Best known for his roles as “Deputy Barney Fife” in the 1960s television series the "Andy Griffith Show," and as landlord “Ralph Furley” from the late 1970s television situation comedy series "Three's Company." He began his career as a ventriloquist and comedian in his local hometown of Morgantown. He became a regular on several radio and television programs, including the "Steve Allen Show." In 1955 he made his theatrical debut on Broadway, appearing in the comedy "No Time for Sergeants" along with Andy Griffith. In 1959 he moved to Hollywood where he joined Griffith on the "Andy Griffith Show." He appeared on the series from 1960 to 1965 as a regular cast member, earning five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performance as a Supporting Actor. In 1965 he left the show to follow a film career, although he returned periodically to the "Andy Griffith Show" in numerous guest appearance roles. He returned to television as the leisure-suit clad landlord in "Three's Company." His notable film credits include "The Incredible Mr. Limpet," "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" and "The Reluctant Astronaut," and "The Shakiest Gun in the West." He is buried in a thin grave at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles not far from Truman Capote, Mel Torme and Eva Gabor.