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    R.I.P. Andy Griffith you made this world a better place........

    Andy Griffith dead at 86; Mayberry mourns - TwinCities.com


    Actor Andy Samuel Griffith receives the Freedom Award from President George W. Bush at the White House in November 2005. (Getty Images: Douglas A. Sonders)
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Andy Griffith, who made homespun Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in "The Andy Griffith Show" and the rumpled defense lawyer in "Matlock," died Tuesday, July 3. He was 86.

    Griffith died about 7 a.m. at his coastal home, Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie said in a statement.

    "Mr. Griffith passed away this morning at his home peacefully and has been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoke Island," Doughtie told The Associated Press, reading from a family statement.

    The family will release further information, the sheriff said.

    He had suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2000.

    Griffith's career spanned more than a half-century on stage, film and television, but he would always be best known as Sheriff Andy Taylor in the television show set in a North Carolina town not too different from Griffith's own hometown of Mount Airy, N.C.

    Griffith set the show in the fictional town of Mayberry, N.C., where Sheriff Taylor was the dutiful nephew who ate pickles that tasted like kerosene because they were made by his loving Aunt Bee, played by the late Frances Bavier. He was a widowed father who offered gentle guidance to son Opie, played by Ron Howard, who grew up to become the Oscar-winning director of "A Beautiful Mind."

    Don Knotts was the goofy Deputy Barney Fife, while Jim Nabors joined the show as Gomer Pyle, the unworldly, lovable gas pumper.

    On "Matlock," which aired from 1986 through 1995,

    Griffith played a cagey Harvard-educated defense attorney who was Southern-bred and -mannered with a practice in Atlanta.
    In his rumpled seersucker suit in a steamy courtroom (air conditioning would have spoiled the mood), Matlock could toy with a witness and tease out a confession like a folksy Perry Mason.

    The character -- law-abiding, fatherly and lovable -- was much like Sheriff Andy Taylor with silver hair and a shingle.

    In a 2007 interview with The Associated Press, Griffith said "The Andy Griffith Show," which initially aired from 1960 to 1968, was seen somewhere in the world every day. A reunion movie, "Return to Mayberry," was the top-rated TV movie of the 1985-86 season.

    "The Andy Griffith Show" was a loving portrait of the town where few grew up but many wished they did -- a place where all foibles are forgiven and friendships are forever. Villains came through town and moved on, usually changed by their stay in Mayberry. That was all a credit to Griffith, said Craig Fincannon, who met Griffith in 1974.

    "I see so many TV shows about the South where the creative powers behind it have no life experience in the South," Fincannon said. "What made 'The Andy Griffith Show' work was Andy Griffith himself -- the fact that he was of this dirt and had such deep respect for the people and places of his childhood. A character might be broadly eccentric, but the character had an ethical and moral base that allowed us to laugh with them and not at them. And Andy Griffith's the reason for that."

    Griffith's career included stints on Broadway, notably "No Time for Sergeants"; movies such as Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd"; and records. He was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts Hall of Fame in 1992 and in 2005, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the country's highest civilian honors.

    "The Andy Griffith Show" was one of only three series in TV history to bow out at the top of the ratings. (The others were "I Love Lucy" and "Seinfeld.") Griffith said he decided to end it "because I thought it was slipping, and I didn't want it to go down further."

    When asked in 2007 to name his favorite episodes, the ones atop Griffith's list were the shows that emphasized Knotts' character. Griffith and Knotts had become friends while performing in "No Time for Sergeants," and remained so until Knotts' death in 2006 at 81.

    "The second episode that we shot, I knew Don should be funny and I should play straight for him," Griffith said. "That opened up the whole series because I could play straight for everybody else. And I didn't have to be funny. I just let them be funny."

    Letting others get the laughs was something of a role reversal for Griffith, whose career took off after he recorded the comedic monologue "What It Was, Was Football."

    That led to his first national television exposure on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1954, and the stage and screen versions as the bumbling draftee in "No Time for Sergeants."

    In the drama "A Face in the Crowd," he starred as Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes, a local jailbird and amateur singer who becomes a homespun philosopher on national television. As his influence rises, his drinking, womanizing and lust for power are hidden by his handlers.

    "Mr. Griffith plays him with thunderous vigor," The New York Times wrote. Said The Washington Post: "He seems to have one of those personalities that sets film blazing."

    Griffith said Kazan led him through his role, and it was all a bit overwhelming for someone with, as he put it, just "one little acting course in college."

    "He would call me in the morning into his little office there, and he'd tell me all the colors that he wanted to see from my character that day," he recalled in 2007.

    "Lonesome Rhodes had wild mood swings. He'd be very happy, he'd be very said, he'd be very angry, very depressed," he said. "And I had to pull all of these emotions out of myself. And it wasn't easy."

    His role as Sheriff Taylor seemingly obliterated Hollywood's memory of Griffith as a bad guy. But then, after that show ended, he found roles scarce until he landed a bad-guy role in "Pray for the Wildcats."

    Hollywood's memory bank dried up again, he said. "I couldn't get anything but heavies. It's funny how that town is out there. They see you one way."

    More recently, Griffith won a Grammy in 1997 for his album of gospel music "I Love to Tell the Story -- 25 Timeless Hymns."

    In 2007, he appeared in the independent film "Waitress," playing the boss at the diner. The next year, he appeared in Brad Paisley's awarding-winning music video "Waitin' on a Woman."

    Griffith was born in 1926 in Mount Airy and as a child sang and played slide trombone in the band at Grace Moravian Church. He studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and for a time contemplated a career in the ministry. But he eventually got a job teaching high school music in Goldsboro.

    His acting career began with the role of Sir Walter Raleigh in Paul Green's outdoor pageant, "The Lost Colony," in Manteo. And he remained in the area even after superstardom knocked at his door.

    Griffith protected his privacy by building a circle of friends who revealed little to nothing about him. Strangers who asked where Griffith lived in Manteo would receive circular directions that took them to the beach, said William Ivey Long, the Tony Award-winning costume designer whose parents were friends with Griffith and his first wife, Barbara.

    Griffith helped Long's father build the house where the family lived in a community of bohemian artists with little money, sharing quart jars of homemade vegetable soup with each other.

    Both Long and Fincannon recalled Griffith's sneaky tendency to show up unexpectedly -- sneaking into the choir at "The Lost Colony," or driving the grand marshals of the local Christmas parade incognito in his 1932 roadster convertible.

    Fincannon described Griffith as the symbol of North Carolina, a role that "put heavy pressure on him because everyone felt like he was their best friend. With great grace, he handled the constant barrage of people wanting to talk to Andy Taylor."

    He and his first wife, Barbara Edwards, had two children, Sam, who died in 1996, and Dixie. His second wife was Solica Cassuto. Both marriages ended in divorce. He married his third wife, Cindi Knight Griffith, in 1983.

    "She and I are not only married, we're partners," Griffith said in 2007. "And she helps me very much with everything."

    When asked if the real Griffith was more wise like Sheriff Taylor or cranky like Joe, the diner owner in "Waitress," Griffith said he was a bit of both, and then some.

    "I'm not really wise. But I can be cranky," he said. "I can be a lot like Joe. But I'm lot like Andy Taylor, too. And I'm some Lonesome Rhodes."

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    His show reinforced, and demonstrated the values some of our parents taught us, and maybe gave a little to the children of the parents that did not. 1 out of 1000 do this nowadays.

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    "no time for sargents" was an excellent movie - my father's favorite.


    Also one of the rare times he was cast as a villain - > "Savages" - a made for TV movie

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072116/plotsummary

    If you ever get a chance watch it - very excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache 51 View Post
    His show reinforced, and demonstrated the values some of our parents taught us, and maybe gave a little to the children of the parents that did not. 1 out of 1000 do this nowadays.
    My dad beat me mercilessly with branches from a Forsythia bush. I bet Matlock taught him that. I'm teaching my son the same thing, but with paint stirrers instead (he's 3 so too small for branches yet).

    In other news, I deserved it.

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    Since FF2 seems to be absent today, I'll say it for him.

    At least he didn't suffer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlumberKhan View Post
    My dad beat me mercilessly with branches from a Forsythia bush. I bet Matlock taught him that. I'm teaching my son the same thing, but with paint stirrers instead (he's 3 so too small for branches yet).

    In other news, I deserved it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTJj4wbmAhk

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    Most people want to live in a place like Mayberry... yet they buy McMansions and tacky cars to create the image that they've made it. I hate humans. I much prefer dogs and songbirds.

    RIP Sheriff Taylor

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    I watch "A Face in the Crowd" any time it's on. Excellent movie that takes the main character from dirt poor to filthy rich but has him self-destruct along the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JStokes View Post
    Since FF2 seems to be absent today, I'll say it for him.

    At least he didn't suffer.

    _
    That was Gagoots' line, not FF2s.

    I liked Andy Griffith. Me and my father used to watch that show together when I was a kid...4 or 5 years old...I still remember watching it with him.

    I'd give a million dollars to hang out and watch one more episode with with him.

    But, I don't want to draw attention away from Stokes' funny quip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owen Reed View Post
    That was Gagoots' line, not FF2s.

    I liked Andy Griffith. Me and my father used to watch that show together when I was a kid...4 or 5 years old...I still remember watching it with him.

    I'd give a million dollars to hang out and watch one more episode with with him.

    But, I don't want to draw attention away from Stokes' funny quip.
    vick ur such a dick.

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    There was much sadness at Floyd's Barbershop when the news broke.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Owen Reed View Post
    That was Gagoots' line, not FF2s.

    I liked Andy Griffith. Me and my father used to watch that show together when I was a kid...4 or 5 years old...I still remember watching it with him.

    I'd give a million dollars to hang out and watch one more episode with with him.

    But, I don't want to draw attention away from Stokes' funny quip.

    He charges you to watch tv with him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brady's a catcher View Post
    He charges you to watch tv with him?
    Are you making fun of the fact that my father died?

    That's pretty lame.

    But, again, I don't want to call attention away from Stokes. He's had a rough go of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owen Reed View Post
    Are you making fun of the fact that my father died?

    That's pretty lame.

    But, again, I don't want to call attention away from Stokes. He's had a rough go of it.
    No, of course not. Why would I do that? I thought you meant you guys hardly saw each other.

    But I don't want to call attention away from your trolling Stokes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brady's a catcher View Post
    No, of course not. Why would I do that? I thought you meant you guys hardly saw each other.
    Yeah, right.

    My father died 11 years ago this weekend. I'm glad you could have some fun with that.

    It's almost like you don't care at all about the relatives that I've lost, the people that I cared about, the people who meant something to me. It's almost like you don't care about those people at all.

    Don't you know how important I am?

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    Loved the Andy Griffith Show. Used to watch it with my dad when I was a kid..

    I whistle this tune all the time and people stare at me like I have three heads.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUERL6ITsAE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owen Reed View Post
    Yeah, right.

    My father died 11 years ago this weekend. I'm glad you could have some fun with that.

    It's almost like you don't care at all about the relatives that I've lost, the people that I cared about, the people who meant something to me. It's almost like you don't care about those people at all.

    Don't you know how important I am?
    Just stop.

    If you really think that BAC was making light of your father's death, then you must have a carbon monoxide leak in your double wide....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlumberKhan View Post
    Just stop.

    If you really think that BAC was making light of your father's death, then you must have a carbon monoxide leak in your double wide....
    He's suiciding by mod... and no to be clear he's 100% making fun of Stokes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton View Post
    He's suiciding by mod... and no to be clear he's 100% making fun of Stokes.
    He's such a doosh.

    It's people like him that make me wonder how the f*ck an a**hat like me could post here for 6 years and STILL have the same screen name. And I'm a pretty big doosh.

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