Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Remembering Andy Griffith

Sad to hear of yet another legend who left us this year. Andy Griffith, actor and singer, passed away this morning in his North Carolina home at the age of 86.

He is of course best known in the television world for two successful series. First as Sheriff Andy Taylor on the The Andy Griffith Show, the weekly sitcom that took place in the fondly remembered fictional world of Mayberry, which aired on CBS from 1960-1968. Also, he was the star of the long-running drama Matlock, which aired from 1986-1995. Andy was also a well-known singer and had also starred on Broadway and in movies in the 1950's before getting his successful shows on television.

TVLand and Turner Classic Movies will be airing tributes to Andy, starting tomorrow. A marathon block of The Andy Griffith Show will air on TVLand from 8 AM-1 PM Eastern time on July 4, and from 11 PM-8 AM on Saturday July 7 and Sunday July 8. On July 18th, Turner Classic Movies will air four of his signature movies: A Face in the Crowd (1957), No Time for Sargeants (1958), Hearts of the West (1975), and Onionhead (1958), all starting at 8 PM Eastern time.

Andy also appeared occasionally as guests on the classic Goodson-Todman game shows What's My Line? and I've Got A Secret. Including the memorable "man with the inner tube" episode of Secret. Here he is on an episode of What's My Line? from June 25, 1958:

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