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Andy Griffith Passes Away at Age 86

Douglas A. Sonders

Andy Griffith has passed away at the age of 86 at his home.  His rise to fame began in the 1960’s when he starred as Sheriff Andy Taylor in ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ with a little Ron Howard as Opie.  He went on to star in the legal drama television show ‘Matlock,’ from 1986 to 1995.

While appearing on television and guest roles, Griffith also appeared in two feature films, both of which flopped at the box office

Griffith was more than a talented actor.  He sang as part of some of his roles, most notably in ‘A Face In The Crowd’ and in many episodes of both ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and ‘Matlock.’ Griffith made an album of upbeat country and gospel tunes during the run of ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ which included a version of the show’s theme sung by Griffith under the title “The Fishin’ Hole”.

Griffith joined Brad Paisley for his song and video for ‘Waitin’ on a Woman.’ When discussing Griffith with CMT he said  ‘I am in awe of him. … I seriously lived on his show and still do. I mean, on the bus, we still watch it. The wisdom he’s passed through the years he’s been on television — and just knowing the way that show was done — it’s mind-boggling.’

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