I love character actors and one of my all-time favorites is Howard Morris, best known for his role as Ernest T. Bass on THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOWS.
Mr. Morris actually played other bit parts throughout the town of Mayberry, almost unrecognizable from his Ernest T. Bass character. For me, Mr. Morris is an incredible actor.
TELEVISION | ACTING: Your Show of Shows (1954), The Flintstones (1962-1965), The Jetsons (1962-1987), The Atom Ant Show (1965-1966), Garfield and Friends (1988-1994), Twilight Zone episodes, “I Dream of Genie,” Murder, She Wrote.
MOVIES: The Nutty Professor, Star Spangled Salesman, and Way… Way Out, Boys’ Night Out.
THEATRE: He also had appeared in several Broadway shows including the highly regarded 1960 revival of Finian’s Rainbow.
DIRECTING: Police Academy, Richie Rich, Bionic Six, Goin’ Coconuts, Pole Position, Galaxy High, The Snorks, The Mighty Orbots, Rose Petal Place, The Dogfather, Dragon’s Lair, Tom and Jerry: The Movie, Turbo Teen, Cabbage Patch Kids: First Christmas, Little Clowns of Happytown, The Little Wizards, Space Stars and Kidd Video. Morris directed some episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, Hogan’s Heroes, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Get Smart, One Day at a Time, Bewitched, and single episodes of many other comedy shows.
MOVIE DIRECTING: Morris also directed Doris Day in her final film, With Six You Get Eggroll (1968). Other films he directed were Don’t Drink the Water (1969) and Who’s Minding the Mint? (1967).
Mel Brooks occasionally cast Morris in his films. For example, he played Brooks’ mentor psychiatrist Dr. Lilloman in the comedy High Anxiety (1977), the emperor’s court spokesman (“Here, wash this!”) in History of the World, Part I (1981), and played a bum named Sailor living in the streets in Life Stinks (1991).
In 1984, he played Dr. Zidell in Splash, a film directed by Ron Howard (the two had first worked together on The Andy Griffith Show). He worked with his old friend and trouping partner Sid Caesar as nervous Jewish tailors in the 1998 movie of Ray Bradbury‘s The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit.
In 1986, he reprised his famous role as Ernest T. Bass in the high-rated television movie Return to Mayberry.
For a full list of Mr. Morris’ credits, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Morris