Howard McNear

Show Count: 578
Series Count: 9
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: January 27, 1905 , Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: January 3, 1969 , San Fernando Valley, California, USA

Howard Terbell McNear (January 27, 1905 – January 3, 1969) was an American stage, screen and radio character actor. McNear is best remembered as Floyd Lawson, the barber in The Andy Griffith Show and as Doc Charles Adams in CBS Radio'sGunsmoke (1952–1961).


McNear was born in Los Angeles to Luzetta M. Spencer and Franklin E. McNear. He studied at the Oatman School of Theater and later joined a stock company in San Diego. McNear also worked in radio from the late 1930s, distinguishing himself in the 1937–1940 radio serial Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police as ace operator Clint Barlow. McNear could be effective in such authoritative roles, but he gravitated more toward character roles, often comic.

He enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army Air Corps on November 17, 1942 during World War II.

As "Doc" in the Gunsmoke radio cast

He created the role of Doc Charles Adams in CBS Radio's Gunsmoke (1952–1961).McNear was under contract to CBS for many years and was featured in many of the network's radio and TV programs. From 1955 to 1960 he appeared frequently, in various quirky roles, in the popular radio detective series Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.

McNear made his film debut in an uncredited role in the 1953 film Escape from Fort Bravo. Over the course of his career, he would appear in over 100 film and television guest spots. In 1958, McNear guest starred as a barber named Andy on an episode of Leave It to Beaver, a role which proved prophetic. In 1961, he was cast as the vague, chatty barberFloyd Lawson on The Andy Griffith Show. During the show's run, McNear suffered a strokethat rendered the left side of his body nearly paralyzed. McNear left the series for nearly a year and a half to recover. Andy Griffith later asked McNear to return to the series. McNear agreed but was unable to walk or stand. The production crew accommodated his disability and McNear was usually seen seated or standing with the support of a stand.According to Jack Dodson (who played Howard Sprague on Andy Griffith), McNear began having difficulty remembering his lines and became anxious and frustrated. He left the series in 1967.


On January 3, 1969, McNear died of complications from pneumonia caused by a stroke at San Fernando Valley Veterans Hospital in San Fernando, California. He was interred in the Los Angeles National Cemetery. Actor and old friend Parley Baer, a practicing Episcopalian, delivered his eulogy. His wife Helen and son Christopher survived him.

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Casebook Of Gregory HoodCasebook Of Gregory Hood
Show Count: 10
Broadcast History: 3 June 1946 to 25 December 1949 and 25 January 1950 to 31 August 1950
Cast: Gale Gordon, George Petrie, Elliott Lewis, Jackson Beck, Paul McGrath, Martin Gabel, Bill Johnstone, Howard McNear
Director: Ned Tollinger, Frank Cooper, Lee Bolen
Cinnamon Bear, TheCinnamon Bear, The
Show Count: 28
Broadcast History: 1937 to 1962
Cast: Martha Wentworth, Buddy Duncan, Barbara Jean Wong, Verna Felton, Joseph Kearns, Hanley Stafford, Howard McNear, Slim Pickins, Elvia Allman, Elliott Lewis, Lou Merrill, Frank Nelson, Cy Kendall, Gale Gordon, Ted Osborne, Joe Du Val, Dorothy Scott, Ed Max, Rosa Barcelo, Lindsay MacHarrie, Bud Hiestand
Director: Lindsay MacHarrie
A wonderful serial that was enjoyed annually by young children (at adults) in the period leading up to Christmas.
Count Of Monte Cristo, TheCount Of Monte Cristo, The
Show Count: 3
Broadcast History: 1944-1945, 19 December 1946 to 26 June 1947, 1947-1948 and 12 June 1949 to 1 January 1952
Cast: Carleton Young, Anne Stone, Ferdinand Munier, Joseph Kearns, Barbara Lee, Vic Rodman, Paul Marion, Parley Baer, William Conrad, Jay Novello, Virginia Gregg, Howard McNear, John Dehner
Director: Thomas Freebairn-Smith, Jaime del Valle
Lineup, TheLineup, The
Show Count: 56
Broadcast History: 6 July 1950 to 20 February 1953
Sponsor: Wrigley’s Gum
Cast: Bill Johnstone, Edgar Barrier, Howard McNear, Joseph Kearns, Paul Frees, Wally Maher, Virginia Gregg, John McIntire, Tony Barrett, Junius Matthews, Clayton Post, Raymond Burr, Jeanette Nolan, Sheldon Leonard
Director: Elliott Lewis, Jaime del Valle
Producer: Elliott Lewis, Jaime del Valle
Following the massive popularity of Dragnet, other networks and producers jumped on the bandwagon, creating similar police dramas.
On StageOn Stage
Show Count: 13
Broadcast History: 1 January 1953 to 30 September 1953
Cast: Ben Wright, Elliott Lewis, Howard McNear, William Conrad, Paul Frees, Harry Bartell, Cathy Lewis, Barney Phillips, Peggy Webber
Director: Elliott Lewis
Producer: Elliott Lewis
Six Shooter, TheSix Shooter, The
Show Count: 40
Broadcast History: 20 September 1953 to 24 June 1954
Cast: James Stewart, Harry Bartell, Virginia Gregg, Parley Baer, Lou Merrill, Sam Edwards, Jess Kirkpatrick, Frank Gerstle, Elvia Allman, Bert Holland, B J Thompson, Shep Menken, Howard McNear
Director: Jack Johnstone
"The man in the saddle is angular and long-legged, his skin is sun-dyed brown. The gun in his holster is gray steel and rainbow mother-of-pearl, its handle unmarked. People call them both "the Six Shooter."
Speed GibsonSpeed Gibson
Show Count: 178
Broadcast History: 1937 to 1938
Cast: Elliott Lewis, Hanley Stafford, Howard McNear, Sam Edwards, John Gibson
Broadcast: 26th April 1951
Added: Apr 26 2008
Broadcast: 5th June 1953
Added: Jun 17 2011
Broadcast: 10th May 1950
Added: May 15 2009
Broadcast: 6th July 1952
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Broadcast: 2nd November 1951
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Broadcast: 4th February 1953
Added: Apr 18 2011
Broadcast: 1st October 1951
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Broadcast: 16th March 1950
Added: May 07 2009
Broadcast: 9th February 1942
Added: Feb 07 2009
Broadcast: 22nd November 1955
Added: Aug 26 2010
Broadcast: 13th April 1950
Added: Apr 25 2008
Broadcast: July 25, 1946
Added: Sep 30 2021
Broadcast: 2nd August 1959
Added: Aug 13 2011
Broadcast: 22nd August 1949
Added: Aug 22 2008
Broadcast: 23rd June 1947
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Broadcast: 5th October 1949
Added: Oct 05 2008
Broadcast: 18th February 1953
Added: Mar 12 2012
Broadcast: June 2, 1949
Added: May 22 2017
Broadcast: 29th March 1953
Starring: Howard McNear
Added: Jul 11 2002
Broadcast: 22nd October 1945
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Broadcast: July 26, 1950
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Broadcast: 17th March 1953
Added: Apr 01 2010
Broadcast: 22nd January 1951
Added: Jan 23 2009
Broadcast: 16th August 1950
Added: Oct 09 2011
Broadcast: 27th September 1948
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Broadcast: 26th September 1949
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Broadcast: 16th March 1942
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Broadcast: 29th December 1952
Added: Dec 27 2008
Broadcast: 4th January 1952
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Broadcast: 16th February 1955
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Broadcast: 19th March 1951
Added: Mar 19 2009
Broadcast: 29th July 1956
Added: Jul 29 2005
Broadcast: 28th July 1957
Added: Nov 03 2011
Broadcast: 11th February 1952
Added: Feb 06 2012
Broadcast: December 21, 1958
Added: Dec 21 2007
Broadcast: 27th April 1950
Added: Apr 27 2008
Broadcast: 2nd August 1959
Added: Aug 13 2011
Broadcast: 28th September 1956
Added: Jan 11 2008
Broadcast: 1st March 1955
Added: Nov 24 2005
Broadcast: 19th September 1952
Added: Feb 02 2009
Broadcast: 5th September 1956
Added: May 29 2010
Broadcast: February 24, 1949
Added: Feb 18 2017
Broadcast: 20th January 1954
Added: Jan 20 2013
Broadcast: 28th January 1953
Added: May 17 2009
Broadcast: 19th June 1949
Added: Nov 01 2009
Broadcast: 12th April 1950
Added: Apr 25 2009
Broadcast: 31st December 1949
Added: Jun 02 2012
Broadcast: 2nd December 1952
Added: Oct 25 2010
Broadcast: 6th July 1954
Added: Jul 04 2008
Broadcast: 6th November 1950
Added: Jul 20 2010
Broadcast: 4th October 1958
Added: Oct 28 2010