Howard and Carl Reiner
entertained troops together in WWII and then starred in the musical Call Me Mister
. In the 50's, he was on Your Show of Shows
with Sid Caesar
, doing sketches and serving as a comedy writer.
By the 60's, Howard was providing voices for many cartoon characters, including among others : Atom Ant (The Atom Ant Show
), Mr. Peebles and Mushmouth (Magilla Gorilla
), Jughead, Big Moose and Dilton Doily (The Archie Show
), and Wade Duck (Garfield & Friends
). He also served as the voice of the Hamburgerler in MacDonald's commercials.
However, Howard is almost certainly best known for his strange, rock-throwing character, Ernest T. Bass, on The Andy Griffith Show
. Until he passed away in May of 2005, people routinely asked him to sign rocks (which he hated), play the gas can (which he did while serenading Charlene Darling) - and to throw bricks.