Remembering Andy Griffith (1926-2012)
American television star Andy Griffith, best known for his starring role in “The Andy Griffith Show,” died on July 3 at the age of 86.
“The Andy Griffith Show” first aired in 1960 and ran for eight seasons. While the first five seasons were shot in black and white, the final three were in color. Regardless, “The Andy Griffith Show” was a successful and entertaining show that television viewers continue to enjoy today.
Griffith stars as Andy Taylor, a widowed sheriff from Mayberry, North Carolina. Taylor has a young son, Opie (Ron Howard) and lives with his beloved Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier). As Sherriff Andy Taylor, Griffith works to solve disputes and conflicts in the small town of Mayberry while simultaneously raising his young, motherless son.
“The Andy Griffith Show” was a fan favorite from the start and continued to rule the television charts for eight seasons, never falling below number 10 in the ratings. The show even clenched 9th place on TV Guide’s list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. After watching a few episodes, it’s not hard to see why “The Andy Griffith Show” captured the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere. Griffith’s portrayal of the sociable town sheriff is humorous and entertaining while his role as a father is heartwarming and loveable. You can watch re-runs of the show on TV Land and all 8 seasons are available for streaming on Netflix.
Aside from his work on “The Andy Griffith Show,” Griffith starred in the popular television show “Matlock.” However, his breakout role was in the film, “A Face in the Crowd” (1957) where Griffith played a drifter turned television star. While successful in the television and film world, Griffith also showed his versatility through the release of country and gospel songs and albums. Griffith was even awarded a Grammy in 1996 for his gospel album, “I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns.”
While Andy Griffith may be gone from our lives, his memory will live on for generations through his music, his films and most notably, his portrayal of Sherriff Andy Taylor.