A blog about classic television, movies, and radio, by the author of "Joan Davis: America's Queen of Film, Radio and Television Comedy," among others.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Let's Drink to Hal's Birthday!
Born on this date 101 years ago, talented character actor Hal Smith (1916-1994) is probably best-known for his recurring role as the perpetually tipsy Otis Campbell on The Andy Griffith Show. But he won one of his first career breaks when he was cast as next-door neighbor Charlie Henderson* on I Married Joan. Less frequently seen than his wife Mabel (played by Geraldine Carr), he nonetheless turned up in some of the series' best episodes, including "Changing Houses" and "Mabel's Dress" ("You know your orange cake is dynamite!")
For more about I Married Joan, one of the funniest sitcoms of the 1950s, go here.
*Or Charlie Harrison. The writers couldn't seem to make up their minds.