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.