By MARTHA WAGGONER RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The widow of actor Andy Griffith has gotten a permit to tear down the house where he lived for many years on the North Carolina waterfront, upsetting friends who had hoped it would be preserved as a museum or Graceland-type estate. Cindi Griffith obtained the demolition permit Monday, […]
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Andy Griffith led by example on the set of his television show, teaching a 6-year-old boy that true leadership requires not only confidence and hard work but also humility, Academy Award-winning film director Ron Howard said in recorded remarks Sunday. Howard’s remarks were to be played during a Griffith tribute at […]
TV paid tribute to one of its own this week when American icon Andy Griffith died practically on the eve of July Fourth. Behold — this week’s Top Five …
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The death certificate for Andy Griffith says the actor’s death earlier this week was caused by a heart attack. The certificate says the 86-year-old had suffered the attack 24 hours before he died at 7 a.m. Tuesday. It also says he had suffered for years from other illnesses, including coronary artery […]
By TED ANTHONY Close your eyes and picture it: small-town America. It has a little post office, of course. A general store, too, and a fishing hole. There’s a barber who knows everyone – and knows about everyone. There’s a friendly auto mechanic. The picture wouldn’t be complete without several women who could be anyone’s […]
Through his decades-long career, Andy Griffith was beloved, yet somehow taken for granted. He early on gained immortality as Sheriff Andy Taylor. But his skill at playing cornpone decency blinded fans to his ability to master other roles.
By MARTHA WAGGONER RALEIGH, N.C. — Andy Griffith, who made homespun Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in “Andy Griffith Show” and the rumpled defense lawyer in “Matlock,” died Tuesday. He was 86. Griffith died about 7 a.m. at his coastal home in Manteo, Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie said in a statement. […]
Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine were among those who saluted George Lindsey — TV’s Goober — at a memorial service in Nashville.
WASHINGTON – Actor Andy Griffith has a new role: pitching President Barack Obama’s health care law to seniors in a cable television ad paid for by Medicare. The TV star — whose role as sheriff of Mayberry made him an enduring symbol of small-town American values — tells seniors that “good things are coming” under […]
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — The actress who played Thelma Lou on ‘The Andy Griffith Show‘ was robbed in the town that inspired the show’s idyllic Mayberry setting, after moving to the area to avoid big city crime. Betty Lou Lynn had her wallet stolen at a shopping center in Mount Airy, the birthplace of Andy Griffith. […]