It is a sad day in TV Land and the rest of the nation. Television legend, Andy Griffith has passed away this morning in his North Carolina home at the age of 86. No cause of death has been disclosed as of yet.
Griffith has been a staple of the entertainment industry for the past 63 years as a Grammy winning gospel singer, as the primetime legal eagle, Matlock, and as the beloved sheriff of Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show.
Griffith, a native of North Carolina, began his career humbly as an English teacher after attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His big break came after he began writing, performing and recording comedic monologues like “What it was, Was football,” his biggest hit, and the one that launched his career. Soon after, Andy was cast in the series, No Time For Sergeants, and then Elia Kazan’s A Face in the Crowd. The rest is TV history.
Here are some of our favorite moments from Mr. Griffith.
The monologue that started it all.
What it was, Was football.
Man in a Hurry
The Andy Griffith Show
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