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Erroneous 07-03-2012 10:36 AM

RIP Andy Griffith


Actor Andy Griffith, who won the hearts of 1960s TV viewers with his role as gentle Sheriff Andy Taylor in “The Andy Griffith Show,” then returned as a 1980s country lawyer in “Matlock,” died Tuesday at 86, according to WITN-TV.

The news was reported to the North Carolina television station by Bill Friday, former president of the University of North Carolina and a Griffith friend.

Griffith began his entertainment career with comic monologues and moved into movies, debuting in 1957’s “A Face in the Crowd” with Patricia Neal. But it was as the widower sheriff Andy Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show” that he really made his mark. The show, which also starred a young Ron Howard as Griffith’s son Opie, and comedian Don Knotts as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife, ran from 1960-1968. Its setting, in the fictional small-town of Mayberry, became almost as famous as any one episode.

Griffith returned to TV stardom in 1986 as Ben Matlock, a Southern lawyer. That show ran until 1995 and was seized upon by comedians as a punchline for its popularity with older Americans. In one “Simpsons” episode, a highway is renamed the Matlock Expressway so a town mayor can win the elderly vote.

Griffith is survived by wife Cindi and his daughter Dixie. Son Andrew Jr., known as Sam, died in 1996.
Thanks for the memories.

sarah1980 07-03-2012 11:33 AM


Brando @$$ Fat 07-03-2012 12:56 PM

He was brilliant in A Face in the Crowd. One of the most underrated acting performances ever. Also haven't read anything about him ever being an asshole to anybody. People ONLY have nice things to say about him, which is rare for just about anybody.

AspectRatio1986 07-03-2012 02:22 PM

Sad news, but at least he lived a full life. RIP.

Lazy Boy 07-03-2012 02:47 PM

We love you Matlock, oh yes we do...


athf1980 07-03-2012 10:24 PM


Bondgirl 07-03-2012 11:33 PM


I remember a few of his films

I have to say that alot of the old actors are dieing

it is a great shame that we can not have the same talent these days in the actors of today

ilovemovies 07-04-2012 12:52 AM

Never seen his tv work, but he was terrific in the movie Waitress.


Matchbox225 07-04-2012 01:40 AM

One of the most likable actors ever.

RIP :(

God of War 07-04-2012 01:51 AM

The first thing I ever saw him in was Salvage 1.

RIP - Andy :(

God of War 07-04-2012 02:02 AM

Here's the pilot movie for Salvage 1. 1979

echo_bravo 07-04-2012 01:20 PM

RIP to a great human being

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