Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Andy Griffith: R.I.P.

Andy Griffith, everybody's Favorite Sheriff, has died at the age of 86.

From IMDB: 
Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular TV series, The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the 1950s he became a regular on the Ed Sullivan Show and the Steve Allen Show. He was featured in the Broadway play "No Time for Sergeants" (1955) for which he received a Tony nomination and he later appeared in the film version. His film debut was in the provocative and prophetic A Face in the Crowd (1957), in which Griffith gave a performance that has been described as stunning.

On "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960), Griffith portrayed a folksy small-town sheriff who shared simple heartfelt wisdom. The show was one of the most popular TV series in history. It generated some successful spin-offs, and the original is still seen in re-runs to this day.

Griffith created his own production company in 1972, which produced several movies and TV series. In 1981, he was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal in Murder in Texas (1981) (TV). In 1983 Griffith was stricken with Guillain-Barre syndrome, but he recovered after rehabilitation.

In 1986 he produced and starred in the very successful TV series "Matlock" (1986). The show spawned numerous TV movies as well. When he accepted the People's Choice Award for this show, he said this was his favorite role.


Joe said...

Andy seemed to be a good man who had the blessing of being able to what he could do well most of his life. RIP.

Joe said...

Andy seemed to be a good man who had the blessing of being able to something he was good at and he enjoyed most of his life. RIP

vallerose said...

Sad as always. The last movie I saw him in was Waitress. it took me a while to realize that it was Griffith, he was excellent in the role.