Opie Taylor's Tossing Stone - At the
beginning of each episode of THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW/CBS/1960-68, a
very young Ron Howard as Opie Taylor is seen walking down a dirt
country road with his father sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith).
Both are carrying fishing poles and are preparing to go fishing at
the nearby lake. As Opie passes by an opening in the trees he bends
down, picks a stone and then tosses it into the lake.
On the March 3rd, 2002 segment of the CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING, a
much older Ron Howard, now a successful Hollywood director, revealed
that he was given only three chances to throw a stone into the lake
because the water supply used in the scene was a county reservoir
and the producers of the show were only given permission to throw
three stones into the water.
To make sure he got it right, the young Ron, whom the older Ron
admitted was not an athlete, practiced off camera until he felt
competent he could toss the stone properly. The older Ron Howard
proudly recalled "I got it on the very first take so we didn't need
the other two takes."
Griffith and Howard Re-enact the
opening stone throwing scene
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