Howard McNear is an American-born renowned American stage, screen, and radio character actor, popularly known for his appearance in the series “The Andy Griffith Show”. He worked actively in his career from 1930 to 1969.

Quick Info
Full NameHoward Terbell McNear
DOB27 January 1905
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, the U.S.
Zodiac SignAquarius
FatherFranklin E. McNear
MotherLucetta M. Spencer
WifeHelen Spats McNear
Net Worth$1 million - $5 million
Death3 January 1969
Cause of DeathPneumonia
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Where was McNear born and raised?

Howard, whose real name is Howard Terbell McNear, was born on 27 January 1905 in Los Angeles, California, the U.S. as a son of a father, Franklin E. McNear, and a mother, Lucetta M. Spencer. He had three older siblings: Frank Wood McNear, Ruth Ellis, and Ellis Hedges McNear. They are all older than him.

According to his birth date, his zodiac sign was Aquarius, as he was born on 27 January. Likewise, he used to hold an American nationality and was belong to the White ethnicity.

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Howard spent his childhood happily with his family and grew up in a good environment. He had three siblings, but he could not meet his sister Ruth Ellis because she died after the eight months of her birth. Further information about his family was secret, as he liked keeping his things private.


To talk about his education, he attended the Oatman School of Theatre. However, he is quiet about his further education.


How did McNear start his Career?

Howard started his career as a voice actor, where he provided his voice over the minor role in the series “NBC Comics” in 1950. After that, he played various roles in the series “Four Star Playhouse”. Later, he also made his appearances in several series like “Willy”, “The Millionaire”, “Lassie”, “I Love Lucy”, “The Brothers”, and more.

From 1956 to 1964, he provided his voice on an American radio and television Western drama series “Gunsmoke” created by Norman Macdonnell. He also got many positive feedbacks after he played the roles in this series. After that, he made his appearance in the series “The Thin Man” in 1958, and later, in 1958, he played the role of Mr. Dingle in a half-hour weekly television series “The Thin Man”.

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Further, he appeared in several series like “Angel”, “Laramie”, and more. However, he is most popularly known for playing the role of Floyd Lawson in the American situation comedy television series “The Andy Griffith Show” from 1961 to 1967. Likewise, in 1964, he provided his voice-over Howard Rudd’s character in the American radio and television drama series “Gunsmoke” where he shared the screen with Dennis Hopper.

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Besides this, he started his film career after being cast as Watson in the movie “Escape from Fort Bravo” in 1953. After that, he got the roles in several movies like ‘Bundle of Joy”, “-30-“, “Blue Hawaii”, “The Fortune Cookie”, and more.


Who was Howard married to?

McNear was a married man as he married his wife Helen Spats McNear in 1926. After their marriage, they gave birth to their child, Christopher McNear, together. They lived their life happily until his death. Since their marriage, they keep supporting each other lived a very love full life.


Physical Description

Howard was very secretive about his things. He kept all the information about his physical statistics like height, weight, body measurements, hair color, eye color, and more still has a question mark.

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Net Worth

A good-looking, active and talented Howard was a well-known American stage, screen, and radio character actor, popularly known for his appearance in “The Andy Griffith Show”. In his career, he enjoyed his estimated net worth of $1 million to $5 million.

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McNear established himself as an American stage screen and radio character actor who took his last breath on 3 January 1969 at San Fernando Valley Veterans Hospital. At that time, he is 63 years old, and the cause of his death is pneumonia caused by a stroke.


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