Andy Griffith fans remember Howard McNear playing Floyd Lawson the barber on the Andy Griffith Show but he was also appeared in 1,042 old time radio programs according to radiogoldindex.com. He appeared in 80 episodes of the Andy Griffith Show.
He portrayed Doc Adams in the radio version of Gunsmoke and appeared in numerous old time radio shows from 1937-1961 and was still starring in the radio version of Gunsmoke when he made his first appearance on the Andy Griffith Show. He later would appear in six episodes of the television version of Gunsmoke.
His barbershop was a gathering place for the men in town to discuss what was going on in Mayberry at the time.
McNear appeared in films from 1930’s till the 1960’s. He sometimes portrayed villains in the movies which doesn’t seem possible since Don Knotts said that McNear playing Floyd the barber wasn’t much of a stretch since he was like that in real life.
He was born in Los Angeles on January 27, 1905 and died in San Fernando Valley, California at the age of 63 from complications due to the stroke on January 3, 1969
He suffered a stroke during the third season that made him unable to walk so he appeared sitting down in his scenes till he left the show after the 1967 season.