Ernest and Festus

There are 4 comments on the The Courier-Journal story from Jan 14, 2006, titled Ernest and Festus. In it, The Courier-Journal reports that:

Dear Mr. Inman: I think the rock-throwing character Ernest T. Bass on "The Andy Griffith Show" was played by Ken Curtis, who also played Festus on "Gunsmoke." Am I right or wrong? -- Max, Pleasant Hope, Mo.

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Atlanta, GA

#1 Feb 16, 2006
Wrong! Ernest T. Bass was played by Howard Morris who passed away in 2005.

Hollywood, FL

#2 Feb 25, 2006
howard morris along with playing ernest t. bass also was a very successful tv director who directed some of the andy griffith shows

Cleveland, GA

#3 Aug 15, 2013
I thought they were the same too! But I just now learned that Earnest T Bass was played by Howard Morris and Festus was played by Ken Curtis. All this time, I thought they were the same person. Researching on line brought me to this "topix". Im still amazed that they arent the same person!!

Bergen, Norway

#4 Sep 20, 2013
Have just seen Howard Morris in the Twilight Zone, and was also convinced he was Ken Curtis, and am quite amazed that he was not. Even the Ernest T. Bass character looked like Curtis. Funny that others made the same mistake.

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