Howard McNear

Highest Rated: 100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Lowest Rated: 29% Blue Hawaii (1961)
Birthday: Jan 27, 1905
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Character actor Howard McNear made a name for himself on network radio in a vast array of characterizations, from snivelling murderers to dapper French detectives. McNear's best-known radio role was as Doc on Gunsmoke, which ran from 1955 to 1962; his spin on the character was slightly more ghoulish than the interpretation offered by Milburn Stone on television. In films from 1954, the bespectacled, mustachioed McNear was usually cast as a querulous fussbudget. He was spotlighted as Dr. Dompierre in Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder (1959), and was prominently featured in three Billy Wilder comedies, Irma La Douce (1963), Kiss Me Stupid (1964) and The Fortune Cookie (1966). He appeared with frequency on TV in the 1950s and 1960s, often as a foil to such comedians as Jack Benny and Burns and Allen. Howard McNear's most beloved TV characterization was as Mayberry barber Floyd Lawson on The Andy Griffith Show; when McNear suffered a debilitating stroke in 1967, Griffith kept him on the payroll, re-writing the scripts to allow "Floyd" to be seated and non-ambulatory without drawing undue attention to McNear's affliction.

Highest Rated Movies



57% Fun in Acapulco Dr. John Stevers 2000
95% The Fortune Cookie Mr. Cimoli 1966
73% Kiss Me, Stupid Mr. Pettibone 1964
No Score Yet My Blood Runs Cold Henry 1964
No Score Yet The Wheeler Dealers Mr. Wilson 1963
83% Irma La Douce Concierge 1963
No Score Yet Bachelor Flat Dr. Bowman 1962
No Score Yet Follow that Dream George 1962
50% The Errand Boy Dexter Sneak 1961
29% Blue Hawaii Mr. Chapman 1961
75% Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Congressman Parker 1961
No Score Yet Heller in Pink Tights Photographer 1960
100% Anatomy of a Murder Dr. Dompierre 1959
No Score Yet Good Day for a Hanging Olson 1959
No Score Yet The Big Circus Mr. Lomax 1959
77% Bell, Book and Candle Andy White 1958
No Score Yet Bundle of Joy Mr. Appleby 1956
No Score Yet You Can't Run Away From It 2nd Proprietor and Wife 1956
No Score Yet Drums Across the River Stilwell 1954
38% The Long, Long Trailer Mr. Hittaway 1954
No Score Yet Escape From Fort Bravo Watson 1953


No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Floyd Lawson
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
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  • 1962
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No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Joe Howard Bradley
  • 1964
  • 1962
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  • 1956
80% The Twilight Zone
Mitchell Bramhoff
  • 1963
  • 1962
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No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Mr. Maxwell Mr. Pickett
  • 1961
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No Score Yet The Flintstones
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet Maverick
Copes Sheriff of Dangerfield
  • 1960
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
  • 1958
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
Mr. Crawford
  • 1956


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