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Mayberry town drunk Otis Campbell was also Santa Claus for a generation of kids

July 17, 2019, 10:16AM By MeTV Staff

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Otis Campbell eventually found his redemption. Throughout The Andy Griffith Show, the hiccuping sot repeatedly found himself behind bars in the Mayberry jail. Heck, he often let himself into the cell. In "The Case of the Punch in the Nose," we learn that ol' Otis was first arrested for drunkenness on way back in 1941 (at the Mayberry Garden Club, at 2 p.m. on a Tuesday). But in Return to Mayberry, the 1986 reunion movie, Otis is working as an ice-cream man, having been sober for years. (Though, five years later, Otis turned up in an Alan Jackson music video, drunk as ever.)

The irony is that Hal Smith, the actor who portrayed Otis Campbell, never had a drink in his life, at least according to Andy Griffith himself in a 2003 interview with Larry King. Smith has quite the range, especially behind the microphone. The character actor voiced dozens of cartoon characters, from Owl in Winnie the Pooh to Flintheart Glomgold in DuckTales. But his most recurring role might be that Jolly Old Elf from the North Pole.

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He did a nice job and that was a very sweet episode. I enjoyed it as a kid (and still do).

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I used to live just outside Mt. Airy, NC. Andy was from there and they have many tributes to him and the show, even Otis' cell! I was, ashamedly, not a big fan of Christmas during that time in my life and now regret not running up there to see if they had any "Mayberry At Christmas" displays.

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That's great ... thank you so much, I really love things like this ... 

On 12/16/2019 at 4:31 PM, SantaAdamB said:

And he does a pretty good job at it too.https://youtu.be/MFri7NAyMl4

 

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Not a bad looking Santa

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