What is the actor’s name that played Ernest T. Bass on The Andy Griffith Show, and is it true that he directed some of the episodes? Also, what other work has he done?
—Charlie Owings, Lumberton, N.C.
That was Howard Morris, whose first claim to fame came in the early 1950s on Your Show of Shows alongside Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca and Carl Reiner. The New York native was the voice of dozens of TV cartoon characters, including Atom Ant and Beetle Bailey. He directed eight episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, as well as the movie comedies Who’s Minding the Mint?, With Six You Get Eggroll, Don’t Drink the Water and Goin’ Coconuts. He acted in the films Splash, High Anxiety, The Nutty Professor and Boys’ Night Out. Morris died in 2005 at age 85 of a heart ailment.