Television legend Andy Griffith passed away this morning at the age of 86. Best known for sitcom The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968) and drama Matlock (1986-1996), Griffith also appeared in a number of feature films, like A Face in the Crowd and No Time For Sergeants (where he recreated a role he originated on the stage), as well as numerous made-for-TV movies. During his lengthy career he also had a number of television flops, including The Headmaster, The New Andy Griffith Show and Salvage-1. Here’s Griffith discussing The Headmaster for the 1970 CBS Fall Preview Special:
You can read more about The Headmaster here. In 1998, Griffith sat down for a two-and-a-half hours with the Archive of American Television, which you can find here. A brief excerpt, in which Griffith discusses the legacy of The Andy Griffith Show, is embedded below:
TV Land, TCM and Me-TV have announced tributes to Griffith. Details on the Me-TV marathon can be found here. TV Land will air a five hour marathon tomorrow from 8AM to 1PM and a nine hour marathon on Saturday, July 7th from 11AM to 8PM. TCM will air four of Griffith’s movies (A Face in the Crowd, No Time for Sergeants, Hearts of the West and Onionhead) on Wednesday, July 18th beginning at 8PM.