ERNEST T. BASS
ABOUT THE CHARACTER
Known as the Wildman from the Mountains, Ernest T. Bass was mostly a nuisance and generally "a nut", as Barney puts it. Breaking windows for attention was his forte. He would brag of being "The best Rock Thrower in the County". Ernest T. was always good for a laugh.
ABOUT THE MAN
Howard Morris was born on September 4, 1919 in New York City, NY. It's hard to believe that a New Yorker is loved by fans of "The Andy Griffith Show" as that man from the hills, Ernest T. Bass. Howard only appeared as Ernest T. in 5 episodes of the show, but still has request to play his gas can, sign rocks (which he hates doing) and throw bricks.
In the book Inside Mayberry, Howard Morris had this to say about some of things he's heard: "Little kids come up to me and they say, 'Mr. Bass.....' And I'll say, 'Hello, how are you?' They'll say, 'I'm fine.....When I grow up I want to be just like you.' That's some comment. I want to say, 'Are you kidding? He's a nut!' "
The listing below is not a complete listing of Mr. Morris' career as I know that he has been the voice of Wade the Duck on the "Garfield and Friends" cartoon and he has also performed the voice of the "Hamburgerler" on the McDonald's commercials. If you have more information on Mr. Morris' credits, feel free to send them to me and I'll update the listing.
1.Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby (1993) (TV) (voice)
2.Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992) (voice) .... Squawk
3.Dying Young (1991) (voice) .... Voice on Jetsons
4.Life Stinks (1991) .... Sailor
5.Transylvania Twist (1990)
6.End of the Line (1987)
7.Return to Mayberry (1986) (TV) .... Ernest T. Bass
8.Splash (1984) .... Dr. Zidell
9.Portrait of a Showgirl (1982) (TV)
10.History of the World: Part I (1981) .... Court Spokesman
11.Munsters' Revenge, The (1981) (TV)
12.High Anxiety (1977) .... Professor Lilloman
13.Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The (1977) (voice) .... Gopher
14.10 from Your Show of Shows (1973)
15.Way...Way Out (1966)
16.Fluffy (1965) .... Sweeney
17.Nutty Professor, The (1963) .... Father Kelp
18.Boys' Night Out (1962) .... Howard Mdlleny
19."Andy Griffith Show, The" (1960) .... Ernest T. Bass
20."Caesar's Hour" (1954) .... Fred Brewster
1.Goin' Coconuts (1978)
2.Don't Drink the Water (1969)
3.With Six You Get Eggroll (1968)
4.Who's Minding the Mint? (1967)
1."Corner Bar, The" (1972)
Note titles in quotes (") are TV series.
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