Mr. Schwamp

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Mr. Schwamp

Mr. Schwamp...the man...the mystery.

Mr. Schwamp (or Schwump, as he is better known) is the older dark haired man you often see sitting on the bench outside the barbershop or in groups of people in Mayberry.

Over the years, every cast and crew member of The Andy Griffith Show has been asked if they know the name of the actor who played Mr. Schwamp. While all of them remember him, none of them knows his real name. (And yes, Andy Griffith has been asked, as has Producer Richard Linke.)


There are 22 documented Schwamp episodes:
Mr. Schwamp never speaks so you'll have to watch closely to spot him. A few times he is called by name, but usually he's just in the background, sometimes waaaay in the background.

The Andy Griffith Show

  1. My Fair Ernest T. Bass (#112/A113F)
  2. The Rumor (#124A/125F)
  3. The Fun Girls (#122A/123F)
  4. The Education of Ernest T. Bass (#131A/133F)
  5. Otis Sues the County (#142A/141F)
  6. The Luck of Newton Monroe #156
  7. Off to Hollywood #166
  8. Aunt Bee Takes a Job #171
  9. The Cannon #172
  10. The Church Organ #174
  11. Otis the Artist #175
  12. Aunt Bee Learns to Drive #180
  13. The Barbershop Quartet #191
  14. The Lodge #192
  15. Big Fish in a Small Town #198
  16. Only a Rose #203
  17. Don't Miss a Good Bet #205
  18. Floyd's Barbershop #210
  19. The Statue #211
  20. The Church Benefactors #238
  21. Barney Hosts a Summit Meeting #240
  22. Mayberry, RFD #241
  23. Sam for Town Council #247

Gomer Pyle, USMC

  1. One Of Our Shells is Missing - Pyle and Sgt. Carter are in an army surplus store trying to locate a missing mortar shell, when Mr. Schwump walks across the back of the pawn shop.