Otis Campbell, the loyal, faithful town drunk of Mayberry, made his last call on the town’s jail in this episode of The Andy Griffith Show.
Actor Hal Smith played Otis throughout the character’s run. According to IMDb, his final appearance in the series was titled “Otis, the Deputy.” Otis and Howard Sprague, played by Jack Dodson, were trying to rescue Andy from the clutches of two desperate bank robbers.
This episode of The Andy Griffith Show was one of its first when the show moved from black-and-white to color.
Yes, Outsiders, this was the final time he slept in that jail cell. But Otis did make one final appearance and it came in the 1986 TV movie Return to Mayberry. Hal Smith plays a reformed Otis, who drives the town’s ice cream truck.
In real life, Smith did not drink. His career spanned numerous appearances in TV sitcoms and films. Smith also did a lot of work as a voice-over artist, providing his voice in Winnie the Pooh animated films.
The character actor died on Jan. 28, 1994, at 77 years old.
‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Character Actor Spoke Out Against Drunk Driving
One of the things Hal Smith also did in later years was to speak out against drunk driving.
He appeared in advertising spots for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Plus, he had a unique way of getting the message across.
Smith joined other actors from The Andy Griffith Show on a talk show called Nashville Now that was hosted by legendary country music DJ Ralph Emery.
When Emery starts speaking to Smith, the actor is doing his Otis character. But he was asked by Emery if he wasn’t a spokesperson for MADD and have a message.
Smith said he did.
“I always say, ‘Howdy-do, I’m Otis Campbell from The Andy Griffith Show and if you’ll just let me sober up for a moment I’d like to tell you one thing, a good message for all of you. Don’t drink and drive.”
‘Goober’ Actor George Lindsey Would Watch Reruns Years After Show’s Run Ended
If you want to know what George Lindsey thought of The Andy Griffith Show, then listen up.
As fans may know, Lindsey played Goober Pyle on the CBS sitcom.
He was a bit of a master of ceremonies at an event in Opryland years ago on Nashville Now.
On this day, Lindsey wanted to brag about Knotts. The actor won five Emmy Awards playing the Mayberry deputy.
“At 9:30 out in California, I wake up every morning and turn on the show,” Lindsey said of watching reruns of The Andy Griffith Show. “And I watch Don and Andy work. And they’re probably the most brilliant twosome.”