By Cory Doctorow at 7:58 am Tue, Jul 3, 2012
Andy Griffith, TV star, comedian, raconteur and comedian, has died at 86. I grew up on Mayberry, and I can sing all the words to the Andy Griffith theme (and also the Beyonce mashup). I'll miss him.
BREAKING NEWS: Friend Says Andy Griffith Has Died
How sad. I’m a Lost Colony alum and Andy was always very supportive of the show. He was an incredibly-generous and talented man. The fact that The Andy Griffith Show is still on television nearly every day in America says something about his talent. RIP Andy.
He was also a fine actor. It’s sad that one of his earliest (and scariest) roles, as Lonesome Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd is so little known these days. Elia Kazan’s film about politics and media is as relevant now as when it was made in 1957.
Weee-oooo that’s a great film.
If you can find it, do check out the made-for-TV movie ‘Murder in Coweta County’ with both Andy Griffith AND Johnny Cash. Andy plays a truly nasty piece of work in this, as far from Sheriff Taylor as you can get.
That is indeed a great film. It shows up on Turner Classic Movies once in a while (which is where I saw it). Wouldn’t be surprised if they play it this week or next (they often shuffle their schedule around when people from classic films die).
The only channel more notable than TCM is the English.
Also, watch the extras to hear Andy say “fuck.”
And 30 years ago he had a tv series that foreshadowed today’s NewSpace companies.
Was there ever a time Andy Griffith didn’t look old?
Same could be said of both Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duval.
There’s a statue of Andy and Ron Howard in the park where I frequently eat my lunch. My guess is that it”ll be covered in flowers by noon.
I had a great dad. If I hadn’t had him Andy would have been my next choice.
Andy Griffith. This guy? This is the guy.
I enjoyed his work, and respected both his talent and his viewpoint. By all accounts, he was a fine gentleman who led a good life. May he be long-remembered. My condolences to his family, loved ones, and friends.
“the words to the Andy Griffith theme”
Was news to me too:
Just like Star Trek! Crazy.
The (little known) Star Wars theme lyrics:
My sister used to work in the film industry. She told me that the lyrics to the Star Wars theme music was:
“Staaar Wars! Paid off my mortage, paid off my mortgage, bought me a house car!”
That is still wondrously cringe-worthy :)
Yep, it is called Fishin’ Hole. I think it may have been Andy’s theme song even before the TV show.
This should also shock you.
And of course…
“But don’t the trees seem nice and full?”
”Somewhere wandering loose around Mayberry is a loaded goat.”
Thanks for the movie recommendation, Romeo!
Narrator: “No one was making fun of Andy Griffith. I can’t emphasize that enough.”
“Each Matlock may be our last.”- Simpsons
A Face in the Crowd is a must see.
RIP Sheriff Andy Taylor
A comedian and a comedian.
Do kids still grow up on Mayberry these days? I did, in the 90’s, along with Leave it to Beaver and the rest, because those were the best things on TV. Now there’s so much more to watch (e.g. youtube). I know you can still find those shows on TV, so I’m not sure.
One thing’s for sure, I’ll be whistling all day!
The amount of AGS reruns I have watched probably totals at least a year of my life. Such a big part of my childhood. RIP, sheriff!
No Time For Sergeants is another of his early roles that’s worth seeing; sort of Lonesome Rhode’s non-evil twin.
Sort of the origin story for Gomer Pyle.
/Grandpa Simpsons Voice
Early Andy Griffith standup, you must listen:
I was hoping that you’d pick, “What It Wuz, Wuz Football” Excellent :)
I remember my grandparents had an LP of his comedy routines (along with Bob Newhart, Bill Cosby, and the Smothers Brothers) back when comedy on vinyl was a thing. My grandfather got a huge laugh out of Andy, I think in part because he really enjoyed listening to someone acting like more of a hayseed than he was!
The last time I saw Andy Griffith was at Dr. Marvin Waxman’s in Toronto where a bunch of us were enduring production insurance medical exams (different shows) this was maybe 10 years ago and while he looked frail he was still a consummate gentleman. Griffith’s best work, to my mind, will always be “Face In The Crowd” with Patricia Neal, directed by Elia Kazan, and still so frightfully prescient for today.
please visit Andy’s online memorial and contribute with a memory so we can make a HUGE tribute!
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