Thursday, July 5, 2012
In Memoriam: Andy Griffith 1926-2012
Comedian. Actor. Singer. What It Was, Was Football. A Face in the Crowd. No Time for Sergeants. The Andy Griffith Show. Matlock.
"He was fantastic. There was a fantastic equilibrium between his love of laughter and jokes and funny stories and songs and all that, and then he could turn on a dime and be the utmost professional."
"Everybody was shouting. I told [Producer] Sheldon Leonard, 'I don't think I can take all this shouting.' Sheldon was a very wise man. He told me, 'Danny likes to shout, so we all shout. Once you have your own show, if you don't want to shout, you don't have to.' So I got my own show, we never shouted, and it worked out real well."
--Andy Griffith. The pilot for The Andy Griffith Show was filmed as an episode of
The Danny Thomas Show.
A Face in the Crowd (1957) With Patricia Neal
No Time for Sergeants (1958) The short guy with the glasses is Nick Adams.
The Andy Griffith Show. I'll admit co-star Don Knotts pretty much owns this scene, but former stand-up comedian Griffith sure makes a good straight man, doesn't he?