Posted by: thescoundrel | July 3, 2012

Andy Griffith Dead at 86


Publicity photo of Andy Griffith, Don Knotts a...

No Time for Sergeants (1958 film)
No Time for Sergeants (1958 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another comic legend has died. Andy Griffith has passed away at the age of 86. I suppose most people will always remember his comedic charm as Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry or as the charismatic lawyer Ben Matlock, whom like the more stoic TV-Lawyer predecessor Perry Mason, usually manged to solve the case and protect his client by outwitting the real culprit during cross-examination. They were both excellent programs that played to Griffiths southern charm. Of course he did have a movie role in 1957 called “A Face in the Crowd” where he played a character that wasn’t likable. I saw the movie on late night TV once, I enjoyed the movie. But for me, the acting part I will always remember Griffith for – was his movie, “No Time For Sergeants“. In that movie he plays an affable country boy drafted into the Air Force. It also included his Mayberry deputy, Don Knotts, in a small, yet hilarious part. I believe I read somewhere it was the movie that spawned the idea for the television series Gomer Pyle, USMC. The movie has always left me laughing in stitches.

RIP Andy Griffith.


Responses

  1. We also thought ‘No Time for Sargeants’ was his best movie. He was a talented man and will be missed.

  2. And let’s not forget his outstanding performance on the AARP commercial.

  3. While I disagree with Griffith on some of his politics – his personality and charm on the big screen and the little screen always shined positively on his entertainment labors.


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