Andy Griffith Passes Away at 86
Andy Griffith, the star of The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, has died. The 86 year old actor, producer, and writer passed away at his Dare County, North Carolina home this morning. The beloved actor is survived by his wife Cindi and daughter Dixie. Griffith’s son Andrew Jr died in 1996.
In tribute to the multi-talented Griffith, TCM will be remembering his life and career with a four-film memorial tribute on July 18th at 8pm ET. The four films are:
8 p.m. – A Face in the Crowd (1957) – with Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau and Lee Remick. Directed by Elia Kazan.
10:15 p.m. – No Time for Sergeants (1958) – with Myron McCormick, Nick Adams, Murray Hamilton and Don Knotts. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
12:30 a.m. – Hearts of the West (1975) – with Jeff Bridges, Donald Pleasance, Blythe Danner, Alan Arkin, Richard B. Shull, Herb Edelman, Alex Rocco and Marie Windsor. Directed by Howard Zieff.
2:15 a.m. – Onionhead (1958) – with Felicia Farr, Walter Matthau, Erin O’Brien, Joe Mantell, Ray Danton, James Gregory and Joey Bishop. Directed by Norman Taurog.
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The Recording Academy has issued this statement:
GRAMMY® winner Andy Griffith was an American television icon bringing beloved characters into family homes for more than 50 years with shows such as “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Matlock.” In addition to acting, Griffith had a passion for music and recorded a number of albums, including I Love To Tell The Story — 25 Timeless Hymns, which garnered him a GRAMMY Award for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel Album. He was an immense talent and a true gift to the entertainment industry and will be greatly missed. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and fans.
The Recording Academy”
Our thoughts are with Andy Griffith’s friends and family at this difficult time.
Sources: TCM, The Recording Academy