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A splendid actor whose career spanned more than three decades.

  • Jul 4, 2012
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He was an icon of American television. Andy Griffith passed away this week at the age of 86. Andy is best remembered for his role as Sherriff Andy Taylor in the "The Andy Griffith Show" which began an eight year run on CBS in 1960 and has been a staple on television ever since. If you are a member of the Baby Boom generation chances are that you have seen many of these episodes dozens of times. Frankly, I never get sick of them.

Prior to testing the waters of television a young Andy Griffith made his mark in a pair of memorable motion pictures. One of the first movies I ever recall seeing on TV as a youngster was the 1958 film "No Time For Sargeants" which many consider to be the inspiration for the TV show "Gomer Pyle: U.S.M.C." In this film Griffith was positively brilliant in the role of Private Will Stockdale, a hayseed who much to the consternation of his beleaguered sargeant makes one misstep after another. The results are positively hilarious. I have not seen this film in years but I am making a mental note to grab a copy in the near future. Meanwhile, about a year earlier Andy Griffith starred in another important movie called "A Face In The Crowd". The film was directed by Elia Kazan and co-starred Patricia Neal. In this film Griffith's talent as a dramatic actor was front and center.  There was little doubt that Andy Griffith was going to become a major star someday.

Much has been written about the impact that "The Andy Griffith Show" has had on American television. It was a great ensemble show and the genius of the show's star was that he allowed other charactors to emerge on the show. The fact that the show continues to be popular in syndication more than a half century after its debut speaks volumes.  This was an extremely well-written and very funny show. With all of the success of "The Andy Griffith Show" it may well surprise you that Andy Griffith actually enjoyed portraying country lawyer Ben Matlock much more.   It is hard to believe but "Matlock" was actually on the air longer than "The Andy Griffith Show" (1986-1995) and I was a huge fan of the series. These days "Matlock" reruns live on on "The Hallmark Channel".

I was surprised to discover years later that Andy Griffith was actually a liberal Democrat. I had no idea. But this was a man who managed to keep his politics seperate from his work and I applaud him for that. History will always smile on Andy Griffith as one of the icons of television. This was a good and decent man who brought countless hours of fine entertainment to the masses. He will be greatly missed!
A splendid actor whose career spanned more than three decades. A splendid actor whose career spanned more than three decades. A splendid actor whose career spanned more than three decades. A splendid actor whose career spanned more than three decades.

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July 20, 2012
He was a great actor.
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enormously gifted actor- Andy Griffith, plays good and evil, check him out in A Face in the Crowd- gregarious, nominated for an Oscar..
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Andrew Samuel "Andy" Griffith (June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012) was an American actor, television producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer.[3] A Tony Award nominee for two roles, he gained prominence in the starring role in director Elia Kazan's film A Face in the Crowd (1957) before he became better known for his television roles, playing the lead characters in the 1960–1968 situation comedy The Andy Griffith Show and in the 1986–1995 legal drama Matlock.

Griffith was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, the only child of Carl Lee Griffith and his wife Geneva Nunn.[4] He was born on the same day and year as Marilyn Monroe. As a baby, Griffith lived with relatives until his parents could afford to buy a home. With neither a crib or a bed, he slept in dresser drawers for several months. In 1929, when Griffith was three, his father began working as a carpenter and purchased a home in Mount Airy's "blue-collar" southside.
Griffith grew up listening to music. His father instilled a sense of humor from old family stories. By the time he entered school he was well aware that he was from what many considered the "wrong side of the tracks." He was a shy student, but once he found a way to make his peers laugh, he began to come out of his shell and come into his own.

Beginning in 1960, Griffith starred as Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show for the CBS television network. The show took ...

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Birth Date: June 1, 1926
Birth Place: Mount Airy, NC
Gender: Male

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