Tuesday, July 3, 2012

R.I.P. Andy Griffith (1926 - 2012)

His first foray into acting was in the role of Sir Walter Raleigh in The Lost Colony, an outdoor drama in Manteo, North Carolina.

He famously explained American-style football in a hugely successful comedy album.

He quit his job teaching high school music in Goldsboro, North Carolina,and moved to New York City, where he auditioned for the lead in No Time For Sergeants and got the part.

He starred in such films as No Time For Sergeants, Onionhead, and A Face in the Crowd.

Younger viewers of television remember him as a lawyer named Matlock, the fictional version of one Bobby Lee Cook who practices law in Summerville, Chattooga County, Georgia.

But I suppose most people remember him as Sheriff Andy Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show, which opened every week with a whistled version of this song.

Only the most obtuse among you will think this is a photo of Andy Griffith. It is not. It is a photo of Bobby Lee Cook.


  1. RWP: He will be missed. He had a great deal more talent than many gave him credit for.

    Thanks and stay cool in Alabamastan....

  2. It brings back memories, all this talk of good old, Andy Griffiths. Even in Australia those of my generation remember him well.

  3. Oh yes I remember him well especially, as you say, from the Andy Griffiths Show - an old favourite. A great talent.

  4. Not a programme that made it across to the UK I'm afraid. But are the YouTube links mixed up? The second one tells me the video is not available, while the first one goes to the theme song.

  5. Reamus, it's 103 in Alabamistan this week.

    Elisabeth and Helsie, g'die mites! Thanks for commenting.

    Shooting Parrots, thanks for the "heads up" about the links. They should be correct now.