Opie Taylor

Opie
Opie Taylor is a fictional character played by Ron Howard in the American television program The Andy Griffith Show, which was televised on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968.wikipedia
52 Related Articles

Ron Howard

Ronny HowardMajor H ProductionsRon
Opie Taylor is a fictional character played by Ron Howard in the American television program The Andy Griffith Show, which was televised on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968.
He gained national attention for playing young Opie Taylor, the son of Sheriff Andy Taylor (played by Andy Griffith) in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show from 1960 through 1968.

The Andy Griffith Show

Andy Griffith ShowAndy Of MayberryAndy Griffith
Opie Taylor is a fictional character played by Ron Howard in the American television program The Andy Griffith Show, which was televised on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968.
Other major characters include Andy's inept but well-meaning cousin and deputy, Barney Fife (Don Knotts); Andy's spinster aunt and housekeeper, Bee Taylor (Frances Bavier), and Andy's precocious young son, Opie (Ron Howard).

Andy Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show)

Andy TaylorSheriff Andy TaylorAndy Taylor (''The Andy Griffith Show'')
Opie is a 6-year-old when the series opens, who lives in the fictional and idealized small, sleepy southern community of Mayberry, North Carolina, with his widowed father, Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), the sheriff of Mayberry County, and his father's spinster aunt, Beatrice "Aunt Bee" Taylor (Frances Bavier).
Andy is a widower and father to one young son, Opie.

Aunt Bee

Beatrice "Aunt Bee" TaylorBeatrice TaylorBee Taylor
Opie is a 6-year-old when the series opens, who lives in the fictional and idealized small, sleepy southern community of Mayberry, North Carolina, with his widowed father, Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), the sheriff of Mayberry County, and his father's spinster aunt, Beatrice "Aunt Bee" Taylor (Frances Bavier).
Aunt Bee, full name Beatrice Taylor, is the paternal aunt of widower Sheriff Andy Taylor and great-aunt to his son Opie Taylor.

Mayberry

Mount PilotMayberry, North CarolinaMayberry County
Opie is a 6-year-old when the series opens, who lives in the fictional and idealized small, sleepy southern community of Mayberry, North Carolina, with his widowed father, Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), the sheriff of Mayberry County, and his father's spinster aunt, Beatrice "Aunt Bee" Taylor (Frances Bavier).

Opie Cates

One is that Opie was named after bandleader and radio actor Opie Cates; the other is that he was named for Opie Shelton (1915–1999), a childhood friend of Griffith, who went on to become president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
Andy Griffith named his character's son "Opie Taylor" on The Andy Griffith Show after Opie Cates, whom Griffith and producer Sheldon Leonard both liked.

Barney Fife

Dep. Barney FifeDeputy Barney FifeBarney
He also develops crushes on Barney Fife's sweetheart Thelma Lou and on his father's sweetheart Helen Crump.
Barney maintains warm relations with Andy's son Opie and his Aunt Bee.

Mayberry R.F.D.

Mayberry RFDMayberry, R.F.D.Mayberry, RFD
On the spin-off series Mayberry R.F.D., Helen and Andy marry and later in the series, Helen gives birth to Opie's half-brother, Andrew Jackson Taylor, Jr.
Don Knotts and Ronny Howard as Barney Fife and Opie Taylor respectively, appear in the first episode.

Return to Mayberry

In the 1986 made-for-TV reunion movie Return to Mayberry, Ron Howard reprised his role as a now-adult Opie, who has become a newspaper writer.
Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), now living in Cleveland as a U.S. Postal Inspector, returns to his native Mayberry to see his son Opie (Ron Howard) become a first-time father, and also to run in the soon-to-be held sheriff's election, as he has already asked county clerk Howard Sprague (Jack Dodson) to prepare the paperwork.

Helen Crump

Helen
He also develops crushes on Barney Fife's sweetheart Thelma Lou and on his father's sweetheart Helen Crump.
In the telemovie, Andy has recently retired from the United States Postal Inspection Service in Cleveland and returns to Mayberry to see Opie and his wife become first-time parents.

Gomer Pyle

Gomer
When Opie is "almost 12" he runs away from Mayberry by boarding a jet airplane in Raleigh under false pretenses, and flies to California to see Gomer Pyle and join the Marines in a 1966 episode of ''Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C..

Fiction

fictionalRealistic fictionfictitious
Opie Taylor is a fictional character played by Ron Howard in the American television program The Andy Griffith Show, which was televised on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968.

United States

AmericanU.S.USA
Opie Taylor is a fictional character played by Ron Howard in the American television program The Andy Griffith Show, which was televised on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968.

Television show

television seriestelevision programTV series
Opie Taylor is a fictional character played by Ron Howard in the American television program The Andy Griffith Show, which was televised on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968.

CBS

CBS TelevisionColumbia Broadcasting SystemCBS-TV
Opie Taylor is a fictional character played by Ron Howard in the American television program The Andy Griffith Show, which was televised on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968.

North Carolina

NCNorthState of North Carolina
Opie is a 6-year-old when the series opens, who lives in the fictional and idealized small, sleepy southern community of Mayberry, North Carolina, with his widowed father, Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), the sheriff of Mayberry County, and his father's spinster aunt, Beatrice "Aunt Bee" Taylor (Frances Bavier).

Andy Griffith

AndyAndy GrifterGriffith
Opie is a 6-year-old when the series opens, who lives in the fictional and idealized small, sleepy southern community of Mayberry, North Carolina, with his widowed father, Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), the sheriff of Mayberry County, and his father's spinster aunt, Beatrice "Aunt Bee" Taylor (Frances Bavier).

Frances Bavier

Opie is a 6-year-old when the series opens, who lives in the fictional and idealized small, sleepy southern community of Mayberry, North Carolina, with his widowed father, Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), the sheriff of Mayberry County, and his father's spinster aunt, Beatrice "Aunt Bee" Taylor (Frances Bavier).

Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Atlanta Chamber of CommerceChamber of CommerceAtlanta's Chamber of Commerce
One is that Opie was named after bandleader and radio actor Opie Cates; the other is that he was named for Opie Shelton (1915–1999), a childhood friend of Griffith, who went on to become president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Television pilot

pilotpilot episodebackdoor pilot
Opie makes a brief first appearance in the February 1960 backdoor pilot, "Danny Meets Andy Griffith", an episode from The Danny Thomas Show.

The Danny Thomas Show

Make Room for DaddyMake Room for GranddaddyDanny Thomas Show
Opie makes a brief first appearance in the February 1960 backdoor pilot, "Danny Meets Andy Griffith", an episode from The Danny Thomas Show.

Slingshot

slingshotscatapultGulel
In one episode ("Opie the Birdman", September 30, 1963), Andy teaches Opie the value of responsibility and parenthood after Opie accidentally kills a mother bird with his slingshot and leaves her three nestlings orphaned.

Goober Pyle

Goober
Some of his juvenile misdeeds include: trespassing in a neighbor's barn, selling Miracle Salve to the citizens of Mayberry; accidentally destroying Aunt Bee's prize rose; concealing an abandoned baby in his clubhouse; tricking Goober Pyle into thinking a shaggy dog can speak, and starting his own tell-all community newspaper.

Morgan Brittany

Suzanne Cupito
Opie has several girlfriends including, in his boyhood, Karen Burgess (Ronda Jeter) and, in his teens, Mary Alice Carter (Morgan Brittany, credited by her real name, Suzanne Cupito).

Thelma Lou

He also develops crushes on Barney Fife's sweetheart Thelma Lou and on his father's sweetheart Helen Crump.