Legendary actor Andy Griffith has died at age 86. Hollywood has lost yet another icon, sad.
When you hear the name Andy Griffith you think of two things, in my opinion anyway, The Andy Griffith Show or Matlock. Today the infamous star of both of those shows has passed away. The 86-year old actor died this morning of natural causes. His death was reported by his long-time friend UNC President Bill Friday, who broke the news to a local news station in North Carolina.
Griffith had an amazing career and his death will affect many, those who knew him personally and those who didn’t. Ever since he burst onto the TV screen playing the folksy top cop in show that bared his name, he has been impressing fans and Hollywood alike with his talent. Side note here the fictional town of Mayberry was actually based on Andy’s own hometown Mount Airy, N.C. I know he was on The Ed Sullivan show before that but let’s be honest it was the goofy sitcom that made him a household name.
After having a very successful run with the 1960’s sitcom Griffith went on to star in the 190’s hit show Matlock where he played a do-gooder detective who solved mysteries. Matlock can currently be seen all over syndication. He is also known for the 1957 film A Face in the Crowd in which he played a darker character than those he chose later on in his career.
The world definitely lost a one of kind man who was full of talent today. He is survived by his third wife Cindy and his two daughters from his first marriage to Barbara Edwards. Andy also had a son with Barbara who died back in 1986.
I may have been born after the 1960’s but I do remember watching The Andy Griffith Show in reruns. It how I will best remember one of the most talented actors of all time. How will you remember this legendary icon?
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