The Reluctant Astronaut Movie

The Reluctant Astronaut

Don Knotts is Roy Fleming, a small town kiddie-ride operator who is deathly afraid of heights. After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program, Roy reluctantly heads for Houston, only to find out upon arriving that his job is a janitor, not an astronaut. Anxious to live up to the expectations of his domineering father, Roy manages to keep up a facade of being an astronaut to his family and friends. When NASA decides to launch a lay person into space to prove the worthiness of a new automated spacecraft, Roy gets the chance to confront his fears.


  • Don Knotts as Roy Fleming
  • Leslie Nielsen as Major Fred Gifford
  • Joan Freeman as Ellie Jackson
  • Jesse White as Donelli
  • Jeanette Nolan as Mrs. Fleming
  • Frank McGrath as Plank
  • Arthur O’Connell as Buck Fleming
  • Joan Shawlee as Blonde in Bar
  • Guy Raymond as Bert
  • Pat Colby as Scientist (uncredited)
  • Fay DeWitt as Secretary (uncredited)
  • Grant Woods as Technician (uncredited)
  • Melissa Gilbert as Niece (uncredited)

Release Date: June 14, 1967

Runtime: 102 mins

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