Fans know Parley Baer as Mayor Roy Stoner of Mayberry. But “The Andy Griffith Show” actor had an absolute lock on mayoral roles during his time. He played numerous politicians throughout a career that spanned 50 years.
Parley Baer was a true showman. His career began as a ringmaster for circuses like Barnum and Bailey, and eventually, he led an act of seven tigers. Baer first began acting on radio shows in the 1930s, and he continued to work in the medium, even after finding on-screen work.
“Radio is the most nearly perfect medium for an actor. If you have an audience of 5 million people listening to you, you’re giving 5 million performances,” Baer once said.
When he made the leap to the screen in earnest, Parley Baer found that his character acting skills lent themselves to roles like comedic doctors, lawyers, and government officials. And once he was typecast, he never looked back.
‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Mayor in Other Shows
While one of his most widely recognized roles came on “The Andy Griffith Show,” Baer’s work branched out into other television and even films. And following his role as Mayor Roy Stoner, he saw no shortage of job opportunities.
In 1965, Parley Baer first appeared as Mr. Henson on “The Addams Family.” As the show went on, his character eventually became the mayor after holding positions as a city commissioner and an insurance agent.
In 1966, he played a mayor in “Follow Me, Boys!” The Disney movie starred Fred MacMurray and Vera Miles.
A year later, Baer played a mayor once again in his appearance on the war drama Jericho, which lasted a single season from 1966-1967.
In 1970, Parley Baer played not one, but two mayors in television movies. The films were called “The Boy Who Stole the Elephant” and “The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again.”
In the TV show “Green Acres,” which ran from 1965-1971, Baer appeared as a Lt. Governor. And in 1980, he played the mayor in “BJ and the Bear.”
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Parley Baer continued working in roles ranging from judges to a senate majority leader. The prolific actor, unfortunately, passed away in 2002 after experiencing a series of strokes.