Former UNC President Bill Friday says Andy Griffith died this morning in Dare County. Friday, who is a close friend of the actor, confirmed that to WITN News.
Friday tells us the 86-year-old actor died at his Roanoke Island home around 7:00 a.m. this morning.
In addition to The Andy Griffith Show, Griffith created a darkly iconic character in the 1957 film A Face in the Crowd and won fans in the long-running whodunit series Matlock. But in the end, it was Mayberry that put him on the map.
“We—everyone on the show—have a real sense of community, of kindness, toward one another,” Griffith told The New York Times in 1965. “The basic rule by which we live comes through…the kindness comes through.”
Losing Andy Griffith is like losing Mom’s Apple Pie or something … so sad.
Andy was the glue, the straight man and star of Mayberry RFD who was kinda like looking through our eyes and with great wisdom, kindness, compassion for his fellow man, true justice, and faith.
And the proof was a quote by Andy Griffith himself,
“At first I was supposed to be the funny central figure, … But with that format the show might have lasted about four weeks. The way it worked out is, the other people say the funny lines and my character looks on as an observer.”
Andy Griffith had some very kind words to say about the comedic genius Don Knotts too (and this was before his death in 2006);
“Whenever Don Knotts and I were waiting for lighting cues, we would sing hymns in harmony, … The show depicted Barney as tone deaf, but Don has a beautiful tenor voice.”
Rest in Peace Andy Griffith, you were a great man, and you will be greatly missed all across America and likely around the world too.
We all grew up on your shows one way or another Andy. Whether it was the original shows like Mayberry RFD and Matlock, or when they went to syndication. We all watched and loved you and the wonderful characters you further enhanced on these shows. RIP.
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