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The Andy Griffith Show

Howard McNear

Howard Sprague

Howard McNear began his career as a dramatic actor in theater, but discovered his flair for comedy on The George Gobel Show in the mid-'50s. Besides his role as Floyd Lawson, a staple player on The Andy Griffith Show, Howard McNear had a healthy career as a comic guest player on a number of TV shows, including The Twilight Zone, I Love Lucy, Gunsmoke and Honey West. McNear also appeared in several big-screen productions, including Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Blue Hawaii and The Fortune Cookie, as well as recording the voices of several characters on the animated series The Jetsons. McNear suffered a stroke in the middle of the fourth season of The Andy Griffith Show. He took some time off, but continued to make appearances on the show whenever his health permitted. He died in 1969.

Character Bio

Persnickety Howard Sprague is the town clerk, who continues to live at home with his mother long after he should have moved out on his own. The quintessential nerd, Howard is sweet and clueless to the eye rolls from his fellow Mayberrians as he annoys them with his presence.

The Andy Griffith Show TV Schedule

November 24
Barney's Bloodhound
To Andy's dismay, Barney enlists the aid of an old bloodhound named Blue to track an escaped criminal.
Man in the Middle
It's mayhem in Mayberry when Andy tries to console Barney after an argument with Thelma Lou.
November 25
Barney's Uniform
Barney is scared to death of a local bully who has threatened to beat him up if he ever catches him in his civvies. Guest Star: Alan Melvin
Opie's Fortune
Opie finds a change purse containing $50. Andy promises that it will be his if the rightful owner doesn't claim it in one week.
November 26
Goodbye Sheriff Taylor
Barney discovers that the role of Mayberry sheriff is not so easy when Andy travels to Raleigh to interview for a detective job.
The Pageant
The Mayberry Centennial Pageant is featuring a play about the founding of Mayberry.