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Floyd Lawson
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Full Name Floyd T. Lawson
Occupation Barber
First Episode Stranger in Town (Portrayed by Walter Baldwin)
Last Episode Goober's Contest (Portrayed by Howard McNear)
Spin-off Appearances N/A
Family Warren Ferguson (nephew)
Spouse Melva (Mentioned to have a large walking stick)
Romances Madelyn Grayson
Children One son, Norman Lawson (Who plays the Saxophone)
A daughter, only mentioned in Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.
Portrayed by Howard McNear & Walter Baldwin

Floyd Lawson is the owner of Floyd's Barber Shop in Mayberry. He was first portrayed by Walter Baldwin and lastly by Howard McNear.


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Walter Baldwin as Floyd #1

Floyd the Barber (as he was commonly known) was the slow-paced, somewhat absent-minded barber in Mayberry. He was first seen in "Stranger in Town", where he was played by actor Walter Baldwin. Baldwin established the running gag of Floyd's inability to trim sideburns evenly, which continued throughout the run of the show. Baldwin portrayed Floyd for just one episode; from 1961 on, the part was played by Howard McNear, the actor most commonly associated with the role. In McNear's first appearance as Floyd, the character's last name was "Colby"; thereafter the character was always "Floyd Lawson".


After suffering from a stroke, Howard had to sit or lean against items, including benches in scenes.

Later SeasonsEdit

Over the first few seasons, the importance of Floyd The Barber to the show increased. He suffered a stroke during the third season and consequently had to change his delivery of dialogue for Floyd from fast-paced to slower and slower as time went on. Floyd also became involved more in the plots of the various episodes as time went on.

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Floyd and his son


Floyd had a wife and a son. His wife named was Melva and he has a son whose name is Norman Lawson. Norman played the saxophone. In one episode, Floyd seems to be a bachelor, pretending to be a wealthy man.[1]

On one episode of Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., Gomer visits Mayberry and asks about Floyd. He is then told that Floyd retired and moved in with his daughter.


The Andy Griffith ShowEdit

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Gallery of Floyd Lawson

See AlsoEdit


  1. Floyd the Gay Deceiver

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