Character List

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Complete Character Listing

TAGSRWC has a fairly complete character database which is searchable. At this point there is no reason to recreate that entire listing here. Instead, visit either the Cast Member/Episode Database or the Mayberry Cast Birthday's locations on the and websites for the character listings. We will be adding character and actor biographies here as Mayberry historians have time to add them. Below you will see the current listings.

Characters Appearing in Mutiple Episodes

Below is a list of the number of episodes in which some of the main characters appeared.

Andy Taylor 249
Opie Taylor 204
Aunt Bee Taylor 178
Barney Fife 142
Goober Pyle 84
Floyd Lawson 80
Helen Crump 66
Howard Sprague 37
Otis Campbell 30
Clara Edwards 31
Thelma Lou 26
Mr. Schwamp* 26
Gomer Pyle 23
Emmett Clark 16
Burt, Jud 13
Ellie Walker 12
Warren Ferguson 11
Briscoe Darling 6
Ernest T. Bass 5
Charlene Darling 5
John Masters 5
Leon 5
Sam Jones 4
Glenn Cripe 4
Malcolm Merriweather 3
Flora Malherbe 3
Bobby Fleet 2
Jim Lindsey 2
Nellie* 39
* indicates non-speaking role

Characters by the Same Actor

David Alan Bailey
Trey Bowden (1, 2, 3), Fred Simpson (1)
Jean Carson
Daphne (3), Naomi Connors
Lewis Charles
convict, salve dealer, Pete
Ronnie Dapo
Arnold Winkler, boy with baseball, Pete
Jack Dodson
Ed Jenkins, Howard Sprague (37)
Sam Edwards
Sam Muggins, Lester Scoby, Fred, Tom Bedlow (2)
Joy Ellison
Ethie Muggins, Mary Wiggins, Mary Scoby, Betsy, Iris
Roy Engel
Jess Morgan, trumpeter, Luther, spectator, crowd member, Judd, conductor, Mr. Perkins
Frank Ferguson
Wilber Pines, Sam Lindsey (2), Charlie Foley (2)
Dabbs Greer
Councilman Dobbs, a store clerk, Naylor, Harry Sims
Rance Howard
bus driver, chauffeur, treasury agent, party guest
Ronda Jeter
schoolgirl, Karen Burgess, crowd member, Ethel, Sharon McCall (2), Karen Porter, Sharon Porter
Dave Ketchum
Harry Walker, Fred Michaels
Mary Lansing
Mrs. Mason, Mary, Mrs. Lukens, Mrs. Rodenbach (2), committeewoman, protester, 1st sporting goods shopper, party guest, Miss Primrose, Miss Roundtree, Dorothy, Martha Clark (3)
Ruta Lee
Jean Boswell, Darlene Mason
Bob McQuain
one of Jenkins' men, Bill, Sgt. Johnson, Jim Baker, Joe Waters, manicure customer, newlywed man, Ike Gordon, postal clerk, Fletch Roberts, lieutenant
Allan Melvin
Clarence (Doc) Malloy, Detective Bardolli, Neal, Jake, recruiting sergeant, escaped prisoner, Fred Plummer, Clyde Plaunt
Howard Morris 
Ernest T. Bass (5), voice of Leonard Blush, George the TV repairman, voice of YLRB radio station
Burt Mustin
Burt, Judd, Mr. Crowley
Alberta Nelson
Nettie Albright, Flora Malherbe (3)
Jay Novello
Sheldon Davis, Atty. Neil Bentley
Maggie Peterson
Charlene Darling (5), Doris the secretary
George Petrie
Joe Layton, Lenny
Jack Prince
Ben Sewell, Luke Reiner, rummage sale customer, Rafe Hollister (3)
Reta Shaw 
Big Maude Tyler, Eleanora Poultice
Amzie Strickland
Miss Rosemary, Verlaine Campbell, Lila Simms, Myra Tucker (2)
Charles P. Thompson
Asa Breeny (3), Asa Bascomb, Doctor Roberts (2)

Unseen Characters Living in Mayberry

These are "characters" that live in Mayberry that were mentioned. Please do not list every person ever mentioned but not seen on the show. For that type list, visit the Unseen Characters page.

  • Augusta Finch
  • Buzzy Leonard
  • Count Istvan Teleky
  • Doc Andrews
  • Frank (at the diner)
  • Gale (Clara's son)
  • Hodie Snitch
  • Juanita
  • Laura Lee Hobbs
  • Leonard Blush
  • Sam Becker's wife
  • Sarah
  • Hanna Lou Smith
  • Merlin Grace
  • Richie Bryer
  • Tyla Lee
  • Hogg Winslow & Daughter Hoggette
  • Old Man Kelsey
  • Jelsick Sturm
  • Uncle Nat
  • Lilly Becker
  • Nat Pike
  • Mary Pleasance
  • Dixie Bell Edwards
  • Vicky Harms
  • Matt Merlus

Seen But Unnamed Characters Living in Mayberry

There were many folks in Mayberry that were seen on the streets but we never got to know them. Check out Seen But Unnamed Characters Living in Mayberry to see some of the unnamed folks that lived in our hometown.


  • Opie was in 38 episodes without Aunt Bee.
  • Aunt Bee was in 18 episodes without Opie.
  • Mr. Schwamp was in 26 episodes and no one knows the actor's real name.
  • Tom Jacobs was the brother of Danny Thomas and a frequent "extra" on the set of TAGS.