Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Whatever Happened to ‘Otis Campbell,’ Our Favorite Town Drunk

Hal Smith, Otis Campbell, Andy Griffith Show

You don’t know Hal Smith. A rather common name, probably dozens or hundreds of Hal Smith’s in the country. Oh, but you knew this Hal Smith. And you loved him.

Except you knew him as Otis Campbell and he was the town drunk in Mayberry on ‘The Andy Griffith Show‘.

Subscribe to KIKN-FM / Kickin’ 100.5 on

For you younger folks, let me say this: Back in what you’d call the ‘olden days’, say 50-60 years ago, it was OK to laugh at someone so drunk they could barely stand up. I know, I know, not anymore and I’m not saying it was right that we did, but….well, we did. And we loved him.

And of course, when Otis and Barney would get together (they often had scene’s together, but were so good, it never seemed to be often enough), well that was what I would call television comedy gold.

Otis wasn’t in every episode, of course. Otis Campbell was a little like ice cream: Absolutely great to have, but you couldn’t have too much or you’d get a headache!

So who was this guy that played Otis to absolute comic perfection?

Well, again, he was Hal Smith, born in Michigan, World War II veteran and, of course, veteran character actor.

But did you know Hal was also a prolific voice actor?

Yep, you heard ‘Otis’ on such cartoon classic as Quick Draw McGraw, Huckleberry Hound, the Flintstones, as well as dozens of other Disney and Warner Brothers cartoons.

Hal Smith, you see, was a professional. And if you look close enough, through your laughter, you’ll see that professionalism on the Andy Griffith Show, too.

Hal Smith died of a heart attack in 1994 at the age of 77. But thanks to the magic of re-runs, we’ll continue to have the antic’s of one of Mayberry’s favorite residents, the town drunk, Otis Campbell.

Watch Our Favorite Gas Station Attendant Of All Time, Gomer Pyle

Best of Kickin

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Kickin' Country VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Kickin' Country VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.