Wasn't there TWO Floyd the barber's on Andy Griffith??

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  1. Alf S

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    I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone.

    I was watching TVLand and just as Andy Groffith was coming on they showed a brief trivia note saying that Floyd the barber was played in this ONE episode by an old guy named William Baldwin. They proceeded to play the episode, and sure enough, Andy was in the barbershop talking to the locals and a different white haired guy was cutting hair, and Andy said "Hey Floyd" to him..they talked a bit and that was all you saw of him.

    I've Googled like crazy to find this info, and find NOTHING referring to the "other FLoyd"...was I dreaming!!??

    Anyone who can find this info, please post a link!

    Thanks!
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  2. Michael Reuben

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    For casting information, IMDb is generally a better place to start than Google. It's Walter Baldwin, not "William":

    http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0050019/

    Look under "Notable TV Guest Appearances".

    In other episodes, the character was played by Howard McNear. According to his bio at IMDb:

     
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    Thanks guys!
     
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    What a cast that show had. I think they were the greatest supporting cast in sitcom history.
     
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    Most people don't know that in the pilot, Andy had twin sons. This is known as a duopiely.
     
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    The saddest thing to me was the revelation that Frances Bavier couldn't stand Andy. I believe Andy said they sort of came to like each other before she passed, but it was tough going most the time.
     
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    Last week I was visiting Mt. Airy, NC (the town that claims to be the inspiration for Mayberry), and there is an establishment called Floyd's City Barber Shop, which claims to have the original Floyd. I shook hands with him and he says he will turn 92 in a few weeks. He did not look like the actor who I remember on The Andy Griffith Show, and I did not ask any pointed questions of him, but I felt he was being represented as the actor from the show. I am holding a card I picked up in the shop and the name on it is Russell Hiatt.

    The actor I remember was Howard McNear, and he was fantastic.
     
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    Mr. Hiatt purports to be the barber of Andy Griffith's childhood and the inspiration for Floyd. In his later years, Andy distanced his Mt. Airy experiences from the narrative structure of the show itself. History alone knows if he was being modest, honest, or simply lending more credit to the creators and writers of tAGS.
     

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