Sunday, May 22, 2005

Ernest T.'s Gone

Mark Evanier lets us know that actor/director Howard Morris has passed. You may recogizer the name as the guy who was Ernest T. Bass in only five episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, which is funny since it felt like he was there more than Floyd. I remember him as being the voice of many cartoons including Wade Duck from Garfield and Friends (which Mark wrote and voice directed for) and Jughead from the original Archies show from the sixites. But he was also a pioneer, as a player on the classic Your Show Of Shows. My favorite perfomance of his was Uncle Goopy in a spoof of This Is Your Life with Sid Ceaser and Carl Reiner. It's one of the greatest comedy sketches of all time and will still make you bust a gut everytime you see it. I tried that type of humor when working my old cable access show, Underground Savannah (more on that on a very later time. The "Wheel Of Fortune" story has made me up off telling tales after school for a bit.) Howard was a very talented man who wil be missed. Whenther you visited Mayberry or not.

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