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Howard McNear (1905-1969)

The Pest Hole, April 14, 1956 - Written by David Victor and Herbert Little, Directed by Charles Marquis Warren, Guest Cast: Patrick O'Moore, Howard McNear, Norbert Schiller, Evelyn Scott

Box o' Rocks, December 5, 1959 Written by Les Crutchfield, Directed by R.G. Bud Springsteen, Guest Cast: Vaughn Taylor, Larry Blake, William Fawcett, Gertrude Flynn, Howard McNear.

The Tragedian, January 23, 1960 Written by John Meston, Story by Les Crutchfield, Directed by Arthur Hiller, Guest Cast: John Abbott, Stanley Clements, Harry Woods, Howard McNear

Root Down, October 6, 1962 Written by Kathleen Hite, Directed by Sobey Martin, Assistant Director Wes McAfee, Guest Cast: John Dehner, Sherry Jackson, Robert Doyle, Howard McNear, George Selk, Michael Cart, Ollie O'Toole

Aunt Thede, December 19, 1961 Written by Kathleen Hite, Directed by Sutton Roley, Guest Cast: Jeanette Nolan, Dyan Cannon, James Stacy, Frank Cady, Howard McNear, Jennie Lee Aurness

Howard McNear is one of the most memorable of all character actors. Born in Los Angeles, California on January 27, 1905, he was known for his unusual speech patterns...interrupted and then drawn out. His meticulously groomed mustache was also his trademark. He started his career in radio and played the role of Doc Adams on Gunsmoke in that medium. He appeared in many films including: "Drums Across the River" (1954) as Stilwell, his debut film; "The Long, Long Trailer" (1954) as Mr. Hittaway; "Bell, Book and Candle" (1958) as Andy White; "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959) as Dr. Dompierre; "The Errand Boy" (1961) with Jerry Lewis, as Dexter Sneak; "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1961) as Congressman Parker; "Follow That Dream" (1962) as George; "Irma la Douce" (1963) as Concierge and his last film "The Fortune Cookie" (1966) as Mr. Cimoli. He will always be remembered for his role as TV's most popular barber, Floyd Lawson on "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-68). He was also a regular on "The Brothers" (1956-57) as Sam Box and did some voices on "The Jetsons" (1962-63) animated series. Proof that he was a real "trooper" came when he was stricken by a stroke and after convalescing for a time returned to work on "The Andy Griffith Show" even though he was paralyzed...mostly in sit-down scenes. A dream of mine was to match him up, in a TV series or film, with Marion Lorne...what a match that would be! He died on January 3, 1969 in Hollywood, California.

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