Growing up in Chicago, Daniel de Visé watched reruns of “The Andy Griffith Show.” But after he met his wife, Sophie, at Wesleyan College, he established a much deeper connection to the show. When de Visé married Sophie, he became the brother-in-law of Don Knotts, who plays Barney Fife on the show.
De Visé formerly worked as a journalist and said it was natural to seek out Knotts and ask him about his career at family gatherings.
“If you profile people all the time, you start wondering, theorizing about how people come to be famous,” de Visé said. “I was always searching after that. 'How did he go from being invisible to visible to known to famous to being a superstar?' I knew enough about him that I had a sense about who he was — a pretty good sense,” de Visé said.
Go to the book talk
1 p.m. today
Bull's Head Bookshop
His familiarity with and interest in Don Knotts led to de Visé’s latest book, "Andy & Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show." De Visé will be at Bull’s Head Bookshop today to discuss and read from his latest work.
The book first began as a biography about Knotts but eventually evolved into a story about Knotts and Griffith’s friendship.