Andy Griffith died this morning at his home at the age of 86. It is hard to imagine any other actor that had as long a career or made such an impact on the audience. Andy always was in control of his career. Show producers wanted to use a different actor to play Barney on the show Andy said no...he wanted Don Knotts. The man also cared for his co-workers on the show. Next time you see the show if it is a later season show you will see Floyd the Barber sitting down. He had had a stroke and the TV show crew wanted to get rid of him...instead Andy made them write into the script that Floyd was always sitting down. One of the true American greats.
Click here to see the first Episode of the Andy Griffith show.
This was one of my favorite shows...Season One Episode Two...The Manhunt
This is an interview with Andy and Don on CNN about the show and what they thought made it work so well