Who played otis on andy griffith

Whatever Happened to Our Favorite Town Drunk Otis Campbell?

who played otis on andy griffith

A Plaque for Mayberry

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Otis was played by Hal Smith and made frequent appearances on the show from to but stopped appearing toward the end of the series because of concerns raised by the sponsors over the portrayal of excessive drinking. Otis works as a glue dipper in a furniture factory Monday through Friday and drinks all weekend. After a binge, Otis will usually lock himself in the town jail until he is sober. He has a key to the front door of the courthouse and the cell keys are hung on a nail near the cells presumably, to accommodate Otis. The lack of crime in Mayberry and the laid-back attitude of the Sheriff's department, easily accommodates Otis's drinking habit. On one occasion Otis brings a suit to the jail on Friday before his binge so that he can change into the suit for church on Sunday without going home first.

He is also known to radio listeners as the original voice of John Avery Whittaker in Adventures in Odyssey. Smith was born in Petoskey , in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan , but he spent a significant part of his early years living in Massena, New York. He graduated from the Massena High School in Smith's best-remembered on-screen character was Otis Campbell , the town drunk on The Andy Griffith Show , during most of the series' run from to When intoxicated, he would often comically let himself into his regular jail cell, using the key which was stored within reach of the two comfortable jail rooms, and "sleep off" the effects of alcohol. Deputy Barney Fife would often become irritated with Otis, and attempted to either sober him up or rehabilitate him in several episodes. Hal Smith was the opposite of his character.

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You don't know Hal Smith. A rather common name, probably dozens or hundreds of Hal Smith's in the country. Oh, but you knew this Hal Smith. And you loved him. For you younger folks, let me say this: Back in what you'd call the 'olden days', say years ago, it was OK to laugh at someone so drunk they could barely stand up. I know, I know, not anymore and I'm not saying it was right that we did, but And we loved him.

Ralph Campbell brother Mrs. Otis was played by Hal Smith and made frequent appearances on the show from to , and stopped appearing in the show toward the end of the series due to concerns by the show's sponsors over the portrayal of excessive drinking. Otis works as a glue dipper in a furniture factory Monday through Friday, and drinks all weekend. After a binge, Otis will usually lock himself in the town jail until he is sober. He has a key to the front door of the courthouse and the cell keys are hung on a nail near the cells presumably, to accommodate Otis.



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4 COMMENTS

  1. Claire S. says:







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  3. Ilbematkirs1996 says:

    Smith's best-remembered on-screen character was Otis Campbell, the town drunk on The Andy Griffith Show, during.

  4. Conkpenlapo says:

    The state police came to Mayberry the first time we met Otis Campbell on The Andy Griffith Show , but it wasn't to disturb the peace of the sleepy town jail's most frequent inmate.

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