On this date in History ..... April 28, 1963:
character of Ernest T. Bass appears for the first time on The Andy Griffith Show.
Howard Morris played Bass for only five
episodes but is best remembered for this role in spite of his many other
accomplishments such as being a classically
trained Shakespearean actor.
He was in the U.S. Army Special Service where his
commander was Maurice Evans (played the role of father to Samantha on
“Bewitched”). Other soldiers in the unit included Carl Reiner ("Alan Brady" of the Dick Van Dyke show) and Werner
Klemperer ("Colonel Klink" of the show "Hogan's Heroes"). Morris directed some of the
Dick Van Dyke and Hogan’s Heroes episodes.
He was a talented voice actor and in high demand for cartoons. Some of
his voices included Jet Screamer (“The Jetsons”), Mr. Peebles (“Magilla
Gorilla”), Jughead (“The Archie Show”), Hamburgler (McDonalds commercials),
Flem (“Cow and Chicken”), various voices on “The Flintstones” and many more.
Many museums and universities host “Ernest T. Bass Day” in which people bring
in unidentified rocks for inspection by the science departments.
Morris died in 2005.