"Lucy couldn't handle it anymore. And they were divorced and that was the end of the show. I was out of a job at the age of nine years old."
About This Interview
In his two-hour Archive interview, actor Keith Thibodeaux discusses his early childhood where his interest and talent in drumming lead him to become a member of the Horace Heidt Orchestra. He discusses touring around the country with the orchestra and appearing on The Horace Heidt Show, until his family moved to California in the early 50s. He speaks about being cast in 1956 as "Little Ricky" on the hit series I Love Lucy. He describes his role, his costars, and the tension on the set as the marriage of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball disintegrated. He then talks about his work on The Andy Griffith Show were he played Opie's friend, Johnny Paul Jason. He discusses the travails of being a child star and his later descent into drugs, which he overcame as an adult. He also speaks about his role as executive director of Ballet Magnificat, a Christian ballet touring company. Karen Herman conducted the interview in St. Charles, IL on November 5, 2005.