Howard McNear Biography

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Facts of Howard McNear
Date of Birth: 1905 , January-27
Age: 114 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Howard McNear
Father Franklin E. McNear
Mother Luzetta M. Spencer
Nationality Ameriacn
Birth Place/City Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Ethnicity White Ethnicity
Profession Actor
Married yes
Married to Helen McNear
Children Christopher McNear
Education Oatman School of Theater
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Throughout a four-decade-long career in the world of entertainment, Howard McNear deserved credit for his incredible work in more than 130 movies and television projects. He obtained massive popularity following his role of Floyd Lawson, the barber in a hit The Andy Griffith Show. Some of his other successful works were Love and Kisses and The People's Choice

Early Life, Bio, And Family 

Born on January 27, 1905, in Los Angeles California, Howard McNear is the son of Luzetta M. Spencer (mother) and Franklin E. McNear (father). He grew up in Los Angeles, California, along with his family. He belonged to the American nationality, and his ethnicity was White. 

He first sharpened his acting skills attending the Oatman School of Theater. Upon his schooling, McNear landed the job at a stock company in San Diego. 

Professional Career And Wiki 

Howard McNear briefly worked in radio from the late 1930s. Especially his role as ace operator Clint Barlow in the 1937–1940 radio serial Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police brought him huge popularity. He later took a short hiatus from the mainstream and was enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps During World War II in 1942.

After a short-lived military career, McNear promptly started embarking in movies and TV series. He scored his first TV role in 1950 NBC Comics. Just after a couple of years, he appeared in Four Star Playhouse and played various characters until 1955. In 1953, the actor made his film debut appearing as Watson in a movie Escape from Fort Bravo.

Howard made his big break after his role in The Andy Griffith Show. He portrayed Floyd Lawson, the barber in the show from 1961-1967. Since then, the actor is also considered as the iconic barber of the TV universe. 

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McNear spent nearly four-decade working in countless plays, movies, and television shows. His last film and TV project were The Fortune Cookie (1966) and Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1965) respectively. 

Net Worth, House, And Earnings 

Howard McNear made a decent amount of money from his decade long acting career. The actor worked in over 130 TV and Film projects. Therefore, we can say with no doubt that McNear had a hefty amount of net worth. But, sadly, the exact amount was never revealed. 

In the year 1963, McNear was a cast in romantic comedy Irma la Douse which grossed over $25 million against $5 million budget. Further details of his house and cars are disclosed. 

Marriage, Wife, And Children 

Howard McNear was married to his wife, Helen Spats. The pair tied the knot on 14 Jan 1935, in a stunning wedding ceremony. The couple welcomed a child, Christopher McNear together. The couple shared a loving relationship throughout their married life. 

McNear and his spouse Christopher were together until his death on January 3, 1969, from pneumonia. The pair were married for almost 35 years.

Cause of Death 

Howard McNear died on January 3, 1969, at the age of 63, from pneumonia, after suffering a stroke. At the time of his death, he was admitted at San Fernando Valley Veterans Hospital in Sylmar, California. 

In 1963, McNear suffered a debilitating stroke that greatly affected his left shoulder. He left The Andy Griffith Show in 1967. And just after a couple of years, he passed away. 

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