Andy Griffith – A Television Legend That Now Belongs to the Ages

Today we bid a fond farewell to a man who came from a simpler time and place.  In the middle of prime time, he reminded us that violence wasn’t necessary and a little sage advice did more good than yelling.   Andy Samuel Griffith has returned to his King and Aunt Bee and Barney, but he will stay in our hearts forever.

Like his most beloved character, Andy Taylor, Andy was born in rural North Carolina. In fact, “Mayberry” was based on Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy .  Andy seemed to be blessed with many talents. One of his greatest loves was music.  Religion already a huge part of his life,  Griffith changed his major to music at the University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. Before he was an actor , he was a singer and a comedian. Griffith liked to tell folksy tales about his rural life.   Griffith may have been known as a television personality, but he also appeared on Broadway in “No Time for Sergeants” and “Destry Rides Again” which he was nominated for two Tony Awards.   His landmark television series, “The Andy Griffith Show” spawned several spin offs and will be best known for the launching pad of future Oscar winning director , Ron Howard. (I actually got to work with Howard during the filming of The Dilemma)   TV Guide ranked his character of Andy Taylor as one of the most popular TV Dads of all time.

Following his success with “The Andy Griffith Show”, he then made a return to television in the eighties as “Matlock” . Once again Griffith played a down home lawyer who just made a lot of sense.  Former co star and life long friend, Don Knotts made a few guest appearances on the show.  Griffith was also a Christian musician  who was so honored in 2007   when he was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame.   His gospel album “I Love to Tell the Story” which featured 25 old time hymns won him a Grammy Award for   Best Country, Southern , or Bluegrass Gospel Album in 1997.  He also won a People ‘s Choice Award for “Matlock” in 1987.  But his greatest honor was when President George W Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Nov 9 2005.

Griffith is survived by one child , Dixie Griffith and was preceded in death by his son, Andy Griffith Jr. Both children were adopted by Griffith and his first wife, Barbara. His present wife of record is Cindi.  Our condolences to the family and friends at this time.  I feel like another part of my youth has been snatched away from me.  This was a simpler time and Andy embraced a simpler life even in his television characters.  But I am sure that Andy has been reunited with the other citizens of Mayberry and maybe even some people whose lives he touched.  For tonight, Andy has finally gone HOME.

Jim Nabors and Ron Howard are one of the only remaining actors in this picture that are still alive. Here is Andy and his nervous deputy Barney Fife, played by the hilarious Don Knotts. Jim Nabors was a star of a spin off “Gomer Pyle USMC” and young Ron Howard is seen before he was a famous director.

Not your typical lawyer, Andy played Ben Matlock in the eighties on NBC

Rest in Peace Andrew Samuel Griffith  1926-2012


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