Andy Griffith died at his home in Manteo, North Carolina, today. He was 86.
Griffith became a household name for his portrayal of a small-town sheriff on “The Andy Griffith Show,” which aired from 1960 to 1968. His character, Andy Taylor, was a widower in the fictional town of Mayberry, N.C., which was thought to be modeled after Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, N.C. His character encountered daily drama from his sidekick Deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts) as well as his young son, Opie (Ron Howard).
The actor went on to star in another long-running TV series: “Matlock.” He played Ben Matlock, a no frills criminal defense lawyer who used his smarts to get people to confess in dramatic courtroom scenes. The show aired from 1986 to 1995.
Griffith also appeared in other TV shows — including the original “Hawaii Five-O,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Fantasy Island,” and films such as “A Face In The Crowd” and “The Second Time Around”
He was also a Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer. In addition to his recordings of comic monologues in the 1950s, he made an album of upbeat country and gospel tunes during the run of The Andy Griffith Show, which included a version of the show’s theme sung by Griffith under the title “The Fishin’ Hole”. In recent years, he has recorded successful albums of classic Christian hymns for Sparrow Records. His most successful was the 1996 release I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns, which was certified platinum by the RIAA
Mr Griffith, you were a man of Grace and Integrity. Thanks for the Memories and the Wisdom shared on The Andy Griffith Show. I grew up watching and learning. Thank You.
RIP Andy Griffith
Posted on July 3, 2012, in In Memoriam and tagged Andy Griffith, I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns, Matlock, Mayberry, RIP Andy Griffith, The Fishin Hole. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.