CRIME-SOLV­ING COMEDIANS

Thornhill Post - - Arts -

Don Knotts

The orig­i­nal comedian turned po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tor, Knotts’ por­trayal of bum­bling deputy sher­iff Bar­ney Fife (pic­tured above) on The Andy Grif­fith Show is still one of the best.

Peter Sellers

It is impossible to talk about funny on-screen de­tec­tives and not men­tion Sellers as In­spec­tor Clouseau in the Pink Pan­ther film se­ries. So good.

Steve Martin

Comic le­gend might have un­der­whelmed as In­spec­tor Clouseau, but his turn as the goofy gumshoe in Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid is clas­sic.

Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks

In 1987, these two comic ac­tors spoofed the ’50s de­tec­tive se­ries Drag­net to mixed reviews but some solid laughs, and it scores high in campy.

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