Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Andy Griffith Mourned on Twitter, Beloved by All


The news about the death of Andy Griffith is sweeping the internet and trending high on Twitter. It’s possible that Griffith, star of his own self titled show, was the most beloved actor left in “Hollywood.” He died in his native North Carolina. But from Mayberry to “Matlock” to all his movies–including “A Face in the Crowd”–Griffith had a long and distinguished career. Director Ron Howard, who played Andy’s son Opie on “The Andy Griffith Show,” Tweeted: “Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I’m forever grateful RIP Andy.” Everyone else is gone from that show now. But its small town lessons and genial stories remain fresh as ever. RIP Andy.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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