Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

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

Knotts Was A Poacher

Knotts Was A Poacher

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After Don Knotts left the show, tried recreating the chemistry that had made him famous. So, for his 1st film, "The Ghost And Mr. Chicken," he poached actors, directors, and screenwriters from "The Andy Griffith Show." Also, the movie was loosely based on the show's "The Haunted House" episode. But we can't judge Knotts for what he did, given that his childhood was a real nightmare.

Knotts Had A Tough Childhood

Knotts Had A Tough Childhood

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Unlike the oh-so funny character, Barney Fife, Don Knots had a horrible past. He grew up poor in Morgantown, West Virginia. He also had a father who suffered from alcoholism and schizophrenia. He even held a knife to Knott's throat once. But by the time Knotts was 13, his old man passed away. Unfortunately, one actor faced death while filming the next show.

Floyd The Barber Almost Died

Floyd The Barber Almost Died

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Actor Howard McNear played Floyd the Barber, but suffered a stroke that paralyzed the entire left side of his body. By the time he returned to the show, he couldn't stand for very long, and he certainly couldn't walk either. Eventually, he left the show in 1967, and died two years later in 1969 when he suffered a second stroke. But unlike him, some actors didn't even get to appear in the series.

Black People Didn't Talk

Black People Didn't Talk

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Throughout all eight seasons, viewers saw other African-American extras in the background, but only Rockne Tarkington, who appeared in the episode "Opie's Piano Lesson," got the chance to say a few words. This was a huge milestone as Tarkington became the first black actor to get credited. But a darker chapter in the series occurred twenty years after "The Andy Griffith Show" ended its run.

Nirvana Wrote A Song About It

In 1989, Nirvana released the album, "Bleach," which contained the song "Floyd the Barber." But it was no coincidence. It turns out that Kurt Cobain had written the song based on the show's character, but with a twist. In the song, Cobain walks into the barbershop and gets molested and murdered by Aunt Bee, Barney, and Andy Griffith. Yikes!

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