Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Some Say Andy Griffith Ruined More Careers Than Any Other TV Show.

He Slept With His Co-Star

He Slept With His Co-Star

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Aneta Corsaut played Helen Crump, who was Sheriff Taylor's love interest on the show. But their chemistry onscreen trickled into the real world, because he and Corsaut had been having an affair throughout most of the show. Griffith eventually married two more times, but rumor has it he kept sleeping with Corsaut until she died in 1995. The only other cast member he could apparently stand was this actor.

The Day Don Knotts Quit

Don Knotts had played Barney Fife for five seasons, but didn't think the show would remain popular in season 6. So, he decided to leave the show after he tried and failed to negotiate an ownership stake in the show's production. Griffith had seen this as an affront to him, so Knotts went on to star in other movies for Universal. But this didn't stop Knotts and Griffith from remaining good friends over the years.

Griffith Was A Total Prankster

Griffith Was A Total Prankster

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Andy Griffith could push anyone's buttons with his pranks, which he was notoriously known for. But he didn't know when to quit, like when he called Knotts by his first name, "Jess," which the actor didn't like. Fortunately, Knotts was BFFs with Griffith so he forgave him, but other members of the cast weren't quite as forgiving with Griffith's pranks.

He Was Awful With Love Scenes

He Was Awful With Love Scenes

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During the first season, Elinor Donahue played Sheriff Taylor's girlfriend, Ellie Walker. The character was seen in the opening credits and was supposed to be a regular, but Donahue quit before the 2nd season, stating she and Griffith lacked chemistry. But Griffith also admitted that it was tough for him to show affection while being on camera. Fortunately, there was work after Griffith for Donahue. But these actresses weren't so lucky.

Some Careers Never Took Off

Some Careers Never Took Off

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After the show ended, some cast members couldn't get a lot of work. Maggie Peterson, who played Charle Darling, only landed commercial gigs. Meanwhile, Betty Lynn, who played Thelma Lou, only landed small TV roles that were hardly worth mentioning. And Frances Bavier simply retired after the show ended. Ironically, other actors from the show were actually poached for other projects.

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