10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘All In The Family’
6. Hair Problem
Rob Reiner was only 24 years old when he landed his iconic role as Michael “Meathead” Stivic in All in the Family. Despite his young age, Reiner actually began losing his hair rather quickly, and by the time they were halfway through the very first season, he started having to wear a hairpiece!
5. Episodes Without Archie
In the third year of All in the Family, the series ran into trouble when a salary dispute began with their lead star Carroll O’Connor. According to reports, O’Connor stated that he was owed $64,000 of backpay and wanted 12 weeks vacation out of his 24-week work schedule. With the dispute raging, Lear went ahead and filmed three episodes without Archie and began working on a scenario where they would just kill off his character if the dispute wasn’t settled. Lear went as far to create the character of Stretch Cunningham, Archie’s friend, who would move in to the Bunker’s house to be the male leader of the family. When O’Connor did return, however, James Cromwell, who played Stretch, revealed in an interview that O’Connor requested Stretch be written off the show. “I was getting too many laughs. Actually, he did me a great favor, because I might have ended up as another Fonzie, an actor totally identified with one character,” Cromwell said.