Thelma Lou turns 90
Betty Lynn, who played Barney Fife’s girlfriend Thelma Lou, turns 90 on Aug. 29, 2016. She is one of the last surviving cast members of “The Andy Griffth Show,” which ran for eight years on CBS in the 1960s. She lives in Mount Airy, where she makes monthly appearances at The Andy Griffith Museum.
Other living cast members:
Ron Howard, 62, who played Andy’s son Opie, is a highly successful film director in Hollywood.
Clint Howard, 57, Ron Howard’s brother who appeared in five episodes as a little boy who loved peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches, continues acting in Hollywood, including parts in the “Austin Powers” movies.
Jim Nabors, 86, who played mechanic Gomer Pyle, lives in Hawaii.
Elinor Donahue, 79, who played Andy Griffith’s romantic interest in the first season, is retired in Palm Desert, Calif.
Maggie Peterson, 75, who played Charlene Darling, lives in Las Vegas where she worked as a location scout.
Jack Burns, 82, who played Deputy Warren Ferguson for 11 episodes and was dropped after the character didn’t catch on, is retired in Los Angeles.
Bernard Fox, 89, remembered by diehard fans as Mr. Malcolm Merriwether who appeared in three episodes, is retired and lives in Los Angeles.
Cast members who have died:
Andy Griffith, who played Sheriff Andy Taylor, died in 2012 in Manteo at age 86.
Don Knotts, who played deputy Barney Fife, died in 2006 in Los Angeles at 81.
Aneta Corsaut, who played schoolteacher Helen Crump, died in 1995 in Los Angeles at 62.
Frances Bavier, who played Aunt Bee, died in 1989 in Siler City at 86.
Howard McNear, who played Floyd the barber, died in 1969 in San Fernando, Calif., at 63.
Hal Smith, who played Otis the drunk, died in 1994 in Santa Monica, Calif., at 77.
George Lindsey, who played Goober Pyle, died in 2012 in Nashville, Tenn., at 83.