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The Andy Griffith Show

Ronny Howard

Opie Taylor

The son of actor Rance Howard, Ronny Howard (as he was then known) started acting in the late '50s on shows like The Danny Thomas Show and The Twilight Zone. Ron secured his first regular role as Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show at age six. He played the role for eight years while also appearing in guest roles on television and in feature films. Roles included: The Courtship of Eddie's Father, The Music Man and Village of the Giants. After The Andy Griffith Show, Ron continued acting, garnering critical attention for his role in American Graffiti. In 1974 came the series Happy Days, which made Ron famous all over again as Richie Cunningham. Ron left the series after six seasons to pursue a career as a producer and director with much success. Cocoon, Splash, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, and Cinderella Man are just a few of his many cinematic projects.

Character Bio

Andy's son, Opie is polite, though does occasionally get into trouble like any young boy. He looks up to his father and minds his Aunt Bee, despite the fact that he's a little frightened of her at first. He follows his father's direction as best he can- and occasionally teaches him a thing or two. Not the best student academically (he nearly flunked math), Opie is a keen student of life and one can't help but believe he'll eventually grow-up to be a solid citizen like his father.

The Andy Griffith Show TV Schedule

August 29
The Horse Trader
Ignoring his own advice to Opie, Andy plays fast and loose with the facts when trying to sell the old town cannon.
Those Gossipin' Men
After Andy teases the fairer sex about gossiping, Aunt Bee pulls a prank to prove that men are gossips, too.
The Beauty Contest
Andy is chosen to be the sole judge of a local beauty pageant. The entrants include Floyd's niece, the mayor's daughter and Ellie Walker.
Alcohol and Old Lace
Andy and Barney, on a still-smashing spree, are surprised when a trail leads them to two spinster sisters.
Andy And The Marriage Counselor
Andy counsels a Mayberry couple that constantly bickers.
September 2
Mayberry on Record
Andy becomes suspicious when a record promoter comes to town to gather material for a folk music album.
Andy Saves Barney's Morale
Barney's overzealous policing enrages the people of Mayberry.
September 3
Andy and the Gentleman Crook
An infamous con artist, held temporarily in Mayberry, manages to enchant everyone except Andy.
Cyrano Andy
Andy tries to help Barney express his love struck feelings for Thelma Lou.