Howard McNear played Floyd Lawson throughout the show except here, where he was initially played by Walter Baldwin. Here, Floyd is a sleepy, laid back individual, but thereafter an excitable individual.
What happened to Floyd the Barber on The Andy Griffith Show?
During his third year on the "Andy Griffith Show", Howard as "Floyd, the Barber" suffered a massive stroke which greatly affected his left shoulder, most of his left arm as well as his legs. In earlier episodes, he is seen freely walking about.
Did Floyd the Barber have a stroke?
In 1961, McNear was cast as the vague, chatty barber Floyd Lawson on The Andy Griffith Show. In 1963, he suffered a stroke that rendered most of the left side of his body paralyzed. He left the series for nearly a year and a half to recover.
Was there more than one Floyd the Barber on Andy Griffith Show?
It was seemingly not Walter Baldwin, the actor who first played the character in "Stranger in Town." That means that at least three men played the character onscreen!
Why did Floyd the barber leave Mayberry?
Midway through the production of The Andy Griffith Show's third season, McNear suffered a massive stroke that left him unable to work. The stroke greatly impaired McNear's mobility, and he was paralyzed down his left side. Nobody expected him to perform onset, and the circumstances kept him off the show.
Why did Floyd the Barber sit all the time?
The series had a special chair constructed that McNear was able to sit in most of the time while on the set, as the stroke had left him only able to stand for short periods of time. Accordingly, the Floyd character then began to appear regularly again on the series towards the end of season four.