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Don Knotts as Ralph Furley
|First appearance||"The New Landlord"|
|Last appearance||"Friends and Lovers"|
|Created by||Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, and Bernie West|
|Portrayed by||Don Knotts|
"Mr. Furls" (only on one episode)
|Relatives||Bart Furley (Brother)
Ralph Furley is the landlord of a Santa Monica apartment building that is now owned by his brother, Bart, who acquired it from Stanley Roper. It is the home to Jack Tripper, Larry Dallas, Janet Wood and Chrissy Snow (later to Cindy Snow and Terri Alden). Furley fancies himself a "ladies' man" and a "macho man", despite the fact he has not had a date in years.
Furley is very subservient and seems to fear his brother.
Like Stanley Roper before him, Furley is also tricked into believing that Jack is gay in order for him to continue living with Janet and Chrissy. Also, like Roper, Furley liked to occasionally crack gay jokes about Jack at his expense.
Although Furley's brother, Bart, is frequently mentioned by him, he is only seen in one episode. Furley defends his decisions as landlord by stating his brother, Bart, would (or would not) also approve of the decision, as owner. Many of the characteristics and mannerisms of Ralph Furley are comparable to Knott's other well-known character, Barney Fife.