Playing lovers in the show sparked a little romance between Andy and Aneta, the actress who played Helen Crump. She was actually only supposed to appear in one episode. Because of this, writers decided to give her a horrible last name for fun. However, little did they know that Aneta Corsaut would give a great performance and become a favorite of the producers!
Aneta Corsaut also became a quick favorite of star Andy Griffith, who soon became smitten with the young actress. Even though Andy was married, the two were said to have had a small fling on the side. This was hush-hush on set, but of course it got out, and the rumor spread like wildfire.
A Stroke of Brilliance
Howard McNear, who played Floyd the Barber, required a great deal of assistance on-set after suffering a devastating stroke mid-way through the series. Because he had suffered a stroke, Howard had trouble standing. The show’s creators decided to come up with a clever way to aid him in his role. They constructed props for Howard to lean on during his scenes, giving the illusion that he was in an upright position. A special stool was built to make it appear Floyd was standing when he was in fact half-sitting or leaning. Floyd was also often seen sitting in his barber chair or sitting on a bench outside his shop.
Howard's stroke also left his left side paralyzed. Watch Floyd closely in later episodes, you'll notice he will never move his left hand.
Don Knotts’ Suit Became a Favorite
Barney Fife donned a salt-and-pepper suit with a red bowtie and a white hat in nearly every formal scene in the show. Barney's Salt and Pepper suit was his nicest suit. He would wear it to dances, social events or on dates.
Barney wore it throughout the entire series; the suit’s first appearance was in the episode ‘ Irresistible Andy ’. It became such a favorite of Don Knotts’ that he also wore it in a few feature length films, such as ‘The Ghost and Mr. Chicken’, ‘The Reluctant Astronaut’, ‘The Incredible Mr. Limpet’, and ‘How to Frame a Figg’.
Helen Crump Was Temporary At First
Actress Aneta Corsaut, who played Helen Crump on The Andy Griffith Show, was originally intended to be a one-and-done character and appear in just one episode. Because of this, the writers decided to give her a horrible last name for fun. However, little did they know that Aneta Corsaut would give a great performance and become a favorite of the producers!
The married Griffith would soon start an affair with Corsaut and also demanded her character become a series regular for the rest of the series!
Andy Was Quite the Prankster
Although his character on the show was never opposed to a harmless little prank, Andy’s jokester abilities extended far beyond his own character. Don Knotts was the usual target of his jokes.
Andy would tease Don by calling him Jess, his real first name, which Knotts hated. Every morning he would greet him with “Good morning, Jess!”