RIP Andy Griffith

Not just Andy Taylor (in what is probably one of the five greatest sitcoms of all time) or Mattlock, although either–especially the first–would be enough. I really loved his show Salvage 1, in which he played an entrepreneur who launched his own private space rocket to the moon despite government interference. Mr. Griffith also could ably play harder edged material, such as in the classic media expose A Face in the Crowd, playing a murderous hunter in the TV movie Savages, or as small town law officers in some nifty, less bucolic TV movies that sadly never lead to series; Winter Kill, Deadly Games and The Girl in the Empty Grave.  And don’t forget his comic villainy in Rustler’s Rhapsody.

A true icon, he will be sorely missed. Mr. Griffith was 86.

  • Food

    I loved his corporate villian from “Pray For The Wildcats,” where he and William Shatner share some fun scenes.

    If he was “America’s Dad,” we’re a nation of orphans.

    R.I.P. Andy Griffith.

  • Ken_Begg

    Pray for the Wildcats: Griffith, Shatner, *and* Robert Reed, *and* Marjoe Gortner, *and* Angie Dickinson, *and* Lorraine “Ellen Brody” Gary….

  • Gamera977

    A sad day indeed.


  • bgbear_rogerh

    “No Time for Sergeants” seemed to have a lot of influence on the future of comedy (characters and stories).  For one thing, it had toilets. 

  • Weird to think his first movie role was as a self-obsessed a-hole in ‘A Face In The Crowd’. Then he became  America’s dad on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’. The episode ‘Opie The Birdman’ was that shows finest moment.

  • It may not be high on his resume, but I always get a kick from his Blofeld-like super-villain in SPY HARD. The movie has it’s laughs but isn’t terrific. The against-type casting of Griffith was nothing short of genius, however.

    Rest in Peace, Sir.

  • Ken_Begg

    You may want to check out Rustler’s Rhapsody then, if you haven’t seen it. It’s pretty decent.

  • Flangepart

    It took a wide, flexible mind to play such a range of characters.
    R.I.P Andy. You done earned it.

  • aikidocop72

     I just had it in the DVD player. The scenes with the Italian cowboys is my favorite

  • aikidocop72

    Give a listen to What It Was, Was Football, and his take on Hamlet. Classics!!!

  • Food

    “Wherefore art thou, Romeo?”

    “And Romeo stood up and said, ‘I’m right cheer!'”

  • Food

     Yup! All-Star cast for a very fun crap fest! I loved Andy dancing with the bar babe, saying, “Now we’re getting on, baby. NOW we’re gettin’ it ON!!!”

  • Backseater

    Don’t forget “Hearts of the West” with Jeff Bridges, Blythe Danner, and Donald Pleasance.