Back in the 1960’s, Andy Griffith was putting a smile on viewers’ faces at a time when U.S. was going through troubled times. Andy Griffith, TV’s Sheriff Taylor, dead at 86, reminds of a time when his show was giving Americans a refuge from the entire social struggle.
“The Andy Griffith Show” was likely one of the few TV sitcoms that managed to stay No. 1 from the start to the end. Americans watched Andy Griffith not necessarily for Sheriff Taylor’s crime solving but for the little things that made Mayberry, N.C. such a loved place. The man that managed to make it so popular and praised died this Tuesday at 86 years.
It’s sad news, without a doubt, reading about the death of “America’s Favorite Sheriff” even when Griffith had his share of troubled years. According to a statement from the sheriff’s office in Dare County, N.C., the famous actor died Tuesday morning at his home on Roanoke Island. The county Sheriff J.D. Doughtie did not release additional information, saying a family statement would follow.
The actor’s family released the following statement: “Andy Griffith passed away, after an illness…Mr. Griffith has been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoke Island”. His wife, Cindi, added: “Andy was a person of incredibly strong Christian faith and was prepared for the day he would be called Home to his Lord”.
“He is the love of my life, my constant companion, my partner, and my best friend” reads Cindi Griffith’s emotional statement. “I cannot imagine life without Andy, but I take comfort and strength in God’s Grace and in the knowledge that Andy is at peace and with God” ends her statement.
Barack Obama himself released a few words about “America’s Favorite Sheriff”. The president said “Andy was beloved by generations of fans and revered by entertainers who followed in his footsteps”.
Andy Griffith’s much loved show ran for 11 years, but only during 8 of those the actor remained with the show. In 1968, the year the actor decided to quit the production, the show became leader in television rankings and it remained that way until being canceled.