Howard McNear Net Worth (2024): Height, Age At Death, Cause Of Death, Full Name, Bio

Alex | Last Updated On March 6th, 2022

Howard Terbell McNear was a famous American screen, stage and radio character actor of the 1950s. The most remarkable works of McNear are the role of the barber Floud Lawson in the Andy Griffith show from 1961 to 1967 and the original voice of Doc Adams on the radio version of Gunsmoke. He died in 1969 after suffering a stroke and its after effects.

Howard McNear's Net Worth

As of 2024, Howard McNear's net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million.

Net Worth$1.5 million
Given NameHoward Terbell McNear
Famous NameHoward McNear
Source(s) of FameActor
Date of BirthJanuary 27, 1905
Place of BirthLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Age At Death63
Date of DeathJanuary 3, 1969
Cause of DeathStroke
RelationshipsMarried, Helen Spats,

Early Life

McNear was born Howard Terbell McNear on 27 January, 1905 in Los Angeles. His parents were Franklin Ellis McNear and Inzetta M. Spencer. He got his primary education from the Oatman School of Theatre and joined a stock company based in San Diego afterwards.

McNear enlisted himself in the US Army Air Corps during WWII on 17 November, 1942. McNear also worked in radio and is famous for his role of ace operator Clint Barlow in the radio serial Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police. Although he played authoritative roles well too, he was more inclined towards comic and character roles.

Career Highlights

From 1952 to 1961, he played the role of Doc Charles Adams in CBS Radio drama Gunsmoke. McNear also appeared in many other CBS radio and TV programs as he was in a contract with the company.

McNear played various roles from 1955 to 1960. One of the popular roles was in the famous detective series Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.

In 1953, McNear made his film debut by playing an uncredited role in the film Escape from Fort Bravo.

McNear appeared on TV in 1958 with a role of a barber named Andy in the episode of Leave it to Beaver. The entire acting career of McNear spans to more than a hundred films and TV guest appearances.

McNear played the role of Dr. Domphierre jn 1959 in the film Anatomy of a Murder. McNear played the role of Mr. Barnaby in an episode of Peter Gunn in 1960.

McNear was given the role of the talkative barber Floyd Lawson in 1961 in The Andy Griffith show. While he was part of the cast of the show, he suffered a stroke and the left side of his body was paralyzed. He couldn’t work for the next year and a half, but returned to work when Andy Griffith asked him to. He couldn’t walk or stand, so his roles were either standing with a support or sitting down. Instead of trimming hair, he would be seen sitting at a bench outside the barber shop. Plus, he would be holding a newspaper in his left hand or giving it a rest in his lap.

But gradually, McNear faced difficulty memorizing his dialogues and got frustrated easily. So he left the series in 1967 after playing many remarkable roles.

McNear made a guest appearance on The Twilight Zone in 1962, while still working at Andy Griffith show. He also played a role in Gunsmoke in 1964.

Personal Life

Nothing much is known about the personal life of McNear. We know that he married Helen Spats McNear in 1926 and the couple shared one child.


McNear died at the age of 63 on January 3, 1969 at San Fernando Valley Veterans Hospital, California. His death was a result of a stroke that caused pneumonia and various complications.

Social Media

Since McNear died a long time ago in 1969, so no social activity can be found out.


McNear was a famous American screen, stage and radio actor who left many remarkable roles for people to remember him after his death. He died at an early age, but his fans still remember him and the famous roles he played. His net worth is estimated to be about $1.5 million.

Howard McNear has sometimes been associated with other Actors such as Yoo Gun, Takami Yoshimoto, Rose Schlossberg, Jack Bardoe, Frank Thanatsaran Samthonglai, Alfredo Gatica, Andi Matichak, Alexander England, and Kelvin Miranda.