Question: For years I have wondered what Opie's actual name was. Did anyone on The Andy Griffith Show call him other name than Opie? Barbara, Tucson, Ariz.
Televisionary: Opie was his name, Barbara. It wasn't, as some people claim, the initials O.P. According to show lore, the character, played by a young Ron Howard, was named for bandleader Opie Cates.