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Happy Birthday!

My father, Howard, was born on this day in 1919.

We’ll never stop thinking about you, Dad.

Happy Birthday!


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  • Judy Henderson September 4, 2012, 2:32 pm

    Happy Birthday to you, Mr. Morris! I still laugh every time I watch Ernest T.’s army physical.
    Thank you for the laughter,

  • gene ellis September 4, 2012, 3:57 pm

    Happy Birthday Ernest T. Bass, I smashed 3 Windows today in your honor. Happy Birthday Mr. Morris ! Thankyou for all the awesome memories and laughs you gave to me and my family yesterday and today. Signed Gene Ellis, Professional Rock Thrower

  • Jerry Sexton September 4, 2012, 3:57 pm

    Happy birthday to your father. He was a great comedy actor. Loved him.

  • Ethel Kent September 11, 2012, 1:38 pm

    I watched Ernest T. Bass this morning, in the show where he wants to get his diploma.
    He fell in love with Miss Crump.
    When he looked at her,after she smacked his hand with her ruler, I knew what he was going to say.I can hear him now,in his funny fast talking drawl…I love you and he was twitterpated, you truly made me feel like he loved her. Those days are gone now but I am so very THANKFUL THAT I CAN GO BACK TO THOSE DAYS OF THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW and Ernest T. always added a spark to it.
    Thank you for making my days happy with all the laughter you gave me & my family.
    E. Kent

  • matt endicott September 17, 2012, 10:30 am

    she called me a creachter, he was the best happy b-day mr.morris

  • Goober-Fife October 27, 2012, 1:21 pm

    I purchased one your”GOT ROCKS” t-shirts to wear at Mayberry Days this year. I got alot of complements on it!
    Thanks for doing that, those of us that got to meet “Howie” appreciate the “Honor” wearing it. ( The bright green one knida make a guy stand out in a crowd. It’s great for “Dancin”…as your Dad would say…
    The end of my S-E-N-T-E-N-C-E…….Goober-Fife

  • Andy December 13, 2012, 6:05 pm

    Loved Howard’s “Ernest” which had to be the inspiration for “Hey Vern’s” Ernest P. Worrell. TAGS reflects a simpler time when entertainment was family oriented and fun. I miss those days.

  • gail anderson December 21, 2012, 8:27 pm

    didnt he throw bricks at people and get thrown in jail?

  • John February 14, 2013, 11:32 am

    I’m so glad these shows are still showed on TV. The ETB episodes are my family’s favorites.

  • Bob Wilkinson April 13, 2013, 7:55 pm

    My family loves your father. We watch the Mayberry episodes on tape for entertainment. I turned out ok watching it so I figure I’ll raise my kids one it as well.

    I know you miss him like we all miss our dads, but your dad continues to entertain us and for that we are grateful!

    Bob and family

  • Eli May 18, 2013, 11:50 pm

    Howard Morris was a genius. Watching his talents on Andy is one thing, but he also did voices for many cartoons. To me he brought life to his characters!

  • Trevor July 8, 2013, 10:47 am

    Very few actors can make me laugh to the point of crying as your Pop did.I can see the same episodes a million times, quote every bit of the dialog and still have to wipe my eyes from gut wrenching laughter.

  • Maggie Richardson September 4, 2013, 7:28 pm

    Happy Birthday Howie! Your laughter mad me smile when I really needed it! Sorry for your loss David, He brought a wonderful character to life. Im sure you are very proud of your pop!

  • Glendora Conant December 26, 2013, 5:16 pm

    Just read that Ernest T. Bass was only in FIVE episodes???!! OMG!! It seems like there should be more….He was one of MY FAVORITE Characters.. Always loved when he came to the town of Mayberry..

  • Thank You January 10, 2014, 9:41 pm

    Your Dad was the best. A genius…no doubt.

  • Elizabeth September 7, 2015, 5:44 pm

    I’m a second-generation Howard Morris fan, thanks to my Ernest T.-lovin’ mom! In honor of your dad’s birthday last Friday, I did a “Today In History” post on my blog (which gives a shout-out to yours): wp.me/p5dL7S-ek

    • David Morris September 15, 2015, 5:31 pm

      Wow Elizabeth, thank you for this! It’s really a nice piece. Best wishes!

      • Elizabeth September 23, 2015, 4:46 pm

        Thank you so much–that really means a lot to me! It was a joy to do, that’s for sure. I love your site…take care!

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