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Howard McNear

Highest Rated:   100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Lowest Rated:   17% Blue Hawaii (1961)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
86% Irma La Douce
  • Concierge
1963
No Score Yet Bachelor Flat
  • Dr. Bowman
1962
No Score Yet Follow that Dream
  • George
1962
44% The Errand Boy
  • Dexter Sneak
1961
17% 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
75% 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
38% The Long, Long Trailer
  • Mr. Hittaway
1954
No Score Yet Escape From Fort Bravo
  • Watson
1953

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Mitchell Bramhoff
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1960

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