Mourning Andy Griffith – TV Legend Passes Away
It was a sad day in Hollywood yesterday as Andy Griffith passed away. At the age of 86, Griffith passed away on July 3rd, 2012, of an unknown illness. Based on the quick funeral and burial arrangements, it is clear that Griffith had been sick for some time and his impending death was expected.
Over the past 50 years, Andy Griffith has played countless roles in more than 20 television programs and has also starred in multiple films.
Andy Griffith’s impact on early television history was monumental, primarily due to his role as the star of the Andy Griffith show. The show, which ran for 8 years, between 1960 and 1968 was one of the most successful shows of its time, and it still considered one of the true classics in television history. The Andy Griffith show, which was based around the life of a small town sheriff, and his deputy Barney Fife, played by Don Knotts, quickly became a huge success. Viewers loved the caring fatherly role of Andy, and his quirky sidekick. Those who are familiar with the show may also remember Andy’s fictional son, Opie, played by Ron Howard. Andy would end up becoming lifelong friends with both Don Knotts (until his death in 2006) as well as Ron Howard.
The Andy Griffith show wasn’t Andy’s only major success. Between 1986 and 1995, he played the lead character in the legal drama, Matlock. The show was nominated for numerous Emmy awards, and Griffith won a People’s Choice Award for his role as Ben Matlock.
Overall, Andy Griffith is going to be missed. We wish the best to his friends and family, as well as his countless fans.