R. I. P. Andy

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Andy Griffith passed away this morning at his home in Dare County, North Carolina. He was 86 years-old. Obit in the Hollywood Reporter.

My kids still love him as Matlock.


7 thoughts on “R. I. P. Andy

  1. Robin Helm

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I loved him in Mayberry, R.F.D., The Andy Griffith Show, and Matlock. He reminded me of my dad and other Southern men, with his ready smile, courtesy, sly wit, and easy charm. I went to college in the area where the first two shows were filmed, and I had orange flips the soda shop. We even went to Mt. Pilot one weekend – beautiful country.

    I don’t think there are any actors like him any more.


  2. Susan Kaye Post author

    Aside from the accent, Andy Taylor was a lot like men I knew growing up. Maybe it’s just that men are a lot alike no matter where they hail from.


    1. Robin Helm

      I think I’m thinking more of the way he portrayed a small town, Southern sheriff positively. We tend to be stereotyped by the rest of the country. Think Dukes of Hazzard and Smokey and the Bandit.


      1. Susan Kaye Post author

        Watch any characters from Idaho in a drama. Red Neck isn’t just for the South anymore. Hollywood even gives them a southern accent. So, I guess you’d say they don’t even have a stereotype for the common westerner. Just a mish mash of junk for the screen. And maybe viewers don’t even know any different. Bah.


  3. Laura Hile

    Watching him work—delivering lines, laughing outright, playing the guitar (and singing!) freely and with enjoyment—I got the idea that this was who Andy Griffith really was. The man I was seeing on TV.

    He’s a reminder, too, that a single life can be powerful. Andy Griffith shared his with many through the medium of television, but I share mine as well. In a classroom and through my books I have been given the chance to be myself. Winsome humanity is a wondrous thing.



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