DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Howard Morris (aged 85)
American actor, film director
Howard Jerome Morris (September 4, 1919 – May 21, 2005) was an American actor, voice actor and director who was best known for his role in The Andy Griffith Show as Ernest T. Bass, and as “Uncle Goopy” in one of the most celebrated comedy sketches in history, on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows (1954).
DEATH: On May 21, 2005, Morris died of congestive heart failure. At his funeral, the “Uncle Goopy” sketch was shown; among the eulogizers were Carl Reiner, who praised Morris’s ability to improvise, in this and other TV work. He is entombed in Laurel Gardens Wall crypt at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.