Hear the one time the Andy Griffith Show's silent kid cowboy Leon actually did speak aloud
How do you think the sandwich aficionado rates Jell-O's "brand new" flavor?
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On The Andy Griffith Show, Clint Howard took on the role of Leon, the silent kid cowboy always offering up a bite of his sandwich to any Mayberry resident who approaches him. Ron Howard once told the story of how Leon got cast in this truly unique role, but the most important part of being Leon is that Howard had to be absolutely quiet. His character famously never spoke a word on the show.
So that's what makes this Jell-O commercial extra special. In a sponsored spot that typically aired with The Andy Griffith Show, viewers were treated to a rare treat when we see Leon walk into the spot, holding his signature sandwich. Andy welcomes the boy, and true to form, Leon immediately offers a bite of his snack. Andy turns it down as he always does, but then he leans down and tells Leon that Aunt Bee just made some fudge-flavored chocolate pudding and asks, "Would you like to have some?"
What follows is priceless, as Leon sits before three sundae dishes of Jell-O pudding, as Andy delivers the pitch about this "brand-new flavor." When he asks Leon what he thinks, the kid is silent with fudge smudging his face.
But Andy prods him, "Can't I get a word out of you? Just one word?"
That's when Leon delivers a line aloud, to the extra delight of Andy Griffith's biggest fans. Thanks to the Andy Griffith Museum, you can watch the commercial to hear Leon confirm to Andy that chocolate pudding is "Good!"
Watching Andy being such a good spokesman just reminds us of all our favorite spots he ever did over the years. Check out this message from his sponsors, and take this tour of all the commercials The Andy Griffith Show cast did over the years.