What’s In A Name?
The name “Opie” has a historical reference rooted in music. Opie Cates was a prominent band leader in the 1930s and 1940s. Andy Griffith and the show’s producer, Sheldon Leonard, were big fans of Cates’ music so they decided to honor him.
Ron Howard is now forever known as both Opie Taylor and Richie Cunningham, which is from his Happy Days run.