TV Legend Andy Griffith Dies

Andy Griffith

RECOiL writer/director/actor and Time Lord Brian DiMaio, right, met Andy Griffith, left, in early 1960 when DiMaio screen tested for the role of Griffith’s deputy sherrif. In the end cronyism would prevail and the role would go to Griffith pal Don Knotts.

Manteo, NC—Legendary actor Andy Griffith, star of two of the most memorable television shows in history, died last Tuesday at his home. He was 86.

Griffith appeared as Andy Taylor, the sheriff in fictional Mayberry, NC, on “The Andy Griffith Show” from 1960 to 1968. He found success on TV again decades later as attorney Benjamin Matlock on “Matlock,” which ran from 1986 to 1995.

Besides being well known on the small screen, Griffith also starred in films like “A Face in the Crowd,” “No Time for Sergeants,” “Waitress,” “RECOiL” and “Spy Hard.”

In 1992, Griffith was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts Hall of Fame. In 2005, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the country’s highest civilian honors.

Griffith was married three times, and had had two children, Sam, who died in 1996, and Dixie, with his first wife, Barbara Edwards. His second wife was Solica Cassuto. Both marriages ended in divorce. He married his third wife, Cindi Knight Griffith, in 1983.

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