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A 22-year-old deaf-mute drifter and hero, originally from Caslin, Nebraska, Andros is beaten and robbed outside of (fictional) Shoyo, Arkansas by some local thugs, shortly after the begininng of the tale. Kind of injured, Andros is befriended by the local sheriff and his wife, but watches them die as the superflu hits. As it turns out, Andros becomes the newest deputy, due to the absence of any other healthy people, and watches two of the four thugs who beat him up outside of Shoyo die of the plague in the local jail. Andros later frees the third prisoner, but is then confronted by the fourth, Ray Booth, who has returned to both blind and kill him (included only in the narrative of the revised–expanded version of the novel). Andros nearly dies as a result of a minor gunshot wound sustained during the fight with Booth. Due to the panic caused by the prospect of becoming both blind and deaf, Andros accidentally fires the gun holstered on his belt and the bullet scrapes his leg, causing the limb to become infected.
Andros eventually recovers and begins his journey to Hemingford Home, Nebraska. Along the way he meets Cullen, and later, Brentner, June Brinkmeyer, Gina McCone, Dick Ellis, and Olivia Walker—the group becomes an alternate family to him. Andros leads the band of survivors to both Nebraska and Mother Abagail, who guides them onto Boulder, where they make and set up their base of operations. Andros serves on the Free Zone Committee, for which he is the leading thinker, and eventually recruits Cullen as a member of the 3 spies, who travel to the West coast, Las Vegas, Randall Flagg's and his evil follower's base of operations. Andros is murdered by Lauder's attempted attack on the committee and it is later revealed that it was Andros who was meant to lead the stand against Flagg. Andros later reappears as a spirit to Cullen and fully able to speak, guiding Cullen as he tries to return home, and showing Tom Cullen how to save the life of a very sick Stuart Redman.
In the revised–expanded edition, Andros temporarily loses sight in one of his eyes following the attack from Booth, the leader of the four thugs. Booth is subsequently shot and killed by Andros, but the resulting damage means that Andros must wear an eye patch for most of the remaining story.
In the miniseries, Andros is portrayed by Rob Lowe, and is at one point stated to be from Ridley, Pennsylvania.