Legendary performer ANDY GRIFFITH died today at the age of 86. A veteran of stage, screen and television, GRIFFITH was also a Grammy Award-winning writer/singer who produced comedy albums and gospel song collections. His critically acclaimed performance in the theatrical production of NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS led to being cast by ELIA KAZAN in BUDD SCHULBERG’S prescient dramatic film A FACE IN THE CROWD with LEE REMICK, PATRICIA NEAL, TONY FRANCIOSA and WALTER MATTHAU. Following the success of several subsequent films, GRIFFITH went on to even further popularity on television with THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW and MATLOCK as well as several made-for-TV movies.
Arguably, his finest moment on screen was as the corrupt television personality Lonesome Rhodes in A FACE IN THE CROWD. We spoke with GRIFFITH a few years ago about that film and he confessed that he almost didn’t get the job. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
ANDY GRIFFITH 1926 - 2012