Sheriff Andy Taylor: | |Andy Griffith
Deputy Barney Fife: | |Don Knotts
Opie Taylor, Andy's son: | |Ronny Howard
Bee Taylor, Andy's aunt: | |Frances Bavier
Gomer Pyle, filling station attendant: | |Jim Nabors
Floyd Lawson, barber: | |Howard McNear
Ellie Walker, druggist: | |Elinor Donahue
Mary Simpson, nurse: |Anne Langdon
| |Julie Adams
Helen Crump, teacher: | |Aneta Corsaut
Thelma Lou, Barney's girlfriend: | |Betty Lynn
Otis Campbell, town drunk: | |Hal Smith
Howard Sprague, county clerk: | |Jack Dodson
Briscoe Darling, hillbilly: | |Denver Pyle
Ernest T. Bass, trouble-maker: | |Howard Morris
Goober Pyle, Gomer's cousin: | |George Lindsey
Malcolm Merriweather, Englishman: | |Bernard Fox
Clara Edwards: | |Hope Summers
Deputy Warren Ferguson: | |Jack Burns
Mayor Pike: |Elliott
Mayor Stoner: | |Parley Baer
Jim Lindsey, Guitar player: | |James Best
Emma Brand, hypochondriac: | |Cheerio Meredith
Sam Jones, councilman: | |Ken Berry
Millie Swanson, Sam's girlfriend: | |Arlene Golonka
Mike Jones, Sam's son: | |Buddy Foster
Emmet Clark, fix-it shop owner: | |Paul Hartman
Skippy, fun-loving girl: | |Joyce Jameson
Daphne, fun-loving girl: | |Jean Carson
Martha Clark, Emmet's wife: | |Mary Lansing
Leon, boy with peanut butter sandwich: | |Clint Howard
Johnny Paul, Opie's friend: | |Richard Keith
Peggy McMillan, Andy's girlfriend: | |Joanna Cook Moore
Mrs. Sprague, Howard's mother: | |Mabel Albertson
Jud Crowley: | |Burt Mustin
Irene Fairchild, county nurse: | |Nina Shipman
Lydia Crosswaithe: | |Josie Lloyd
Charlene Darling: | |Maggie Peterson
Dud Wash: | |Bob Denver
Gilly Walker: | |Larry Hovis
Various roles: | |Allan Melvin
Announcer: | |Colin Male

Andy Griffith, best known for his roles as Sheriff Andy Taylor on the hit 1950s sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show," as well as the title character on the hit 1980s courtroom drama "Matlock," has died at age 86

Griffith died of a massive Heart Attack on July 3, 2012 at his home in Manteo, North Carolina, survived by his wife, Cindi Knight, and grown daughter, Dixie Nan, from his first marriage to Barbara Edwards

Andy Samuel Griffith was born on June 1, 1926 in Mount Airy, North Carolina. An only child, Andy, after graduating high school in 1944, intended to become a Preacher when he grew up, but instead changed his major to music soon after enrolling in college at the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina

After college graduation, Andy taught high school music and drama before his big break in the hit 1957 Warner Bros. Picture movie "A Face in the Crowd," directed by Elia Kazan, in which Andy portrayed Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes, a drunk ex-con who suddenly finds fame as a TV celebrity--only to discover, too late, the downside of sudden fame

Griffith's career included stints on Broadway, notably "No Time for Sergeants." No Time for Sergeants was filmed and released by Warner Bros. in 1958

2 years later, in 1959, TV producer Sheldon Leonard, a writer for Danny Thomas via Danny's hit 1950s sitcom "Make Room for Daddy," conceived a sitcom pilot casting Andy as Sheriff Andy Taylor, a Sheriff in the fictional small town of Mayberry, North Carolina

Joining Andy were 5-year-old Ronny Howard as Andy's son, Andrew Jackson "Opie" Taylor, Jr.; the late Frances Bavier as Andy's Aunt Bee, who raised Andy from the time he was a boy after Andy became orphaned at an early age; and Don Knotts as Andy's Deputy, Barney Fife

The original "Andy Griffith Show" pilot was used as an episode of "Make Room for Daddy," in which Danny Thomas is arrested for rolling through a stop sign and spends 10 days in the Mayberrythough not included in the pilot, soon after seeing the pilot, Don Knotts suggested that Andy needed a Deputy, to which Andy humbly agreed, thus forming a life-long friendship on and off camera until Don died of lungin 2006, at age 81

Also worth noting is that Frances Bavier portrayed a different character, the widowed Mrs. Perkins, than the character she portrayed on the original series, that of Aunt Bee

"The Andy Griffith Show" made its debut on October 3, 1960 on the CBS Television Network; during its 8-season, 249-episode run, Mayberry citizens ranged from Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle (later spun off into his own military sitcom, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C airing for 5 successful seasons from 1964-1969) to British actor Bernard Fox as Malcolm Merriwether, a temporary resident while awaiting American citizenship

After quitting the show in 1968, Andy embarked on a movie career that resulted in the 1969 movie "Angel in my Pocket," a multiplex failure; as a result of the failure, Andy's contract with Universal Pictures was terminated. By this time, "The Andy Griffith Show" was rechristened "Mayberry R.F.D with Ken Berry becoming the focal point of the show as widower father Sam Jones

During the Fall 1970 TV season, Andy appeared in 2 notable TV failuresThe Headmaster," a half-hour dramedy where he portrayed a headmaster of a Christian school, and "The New Andy Griffith Show," where he portrayed the mayor of a small rural town

In Spring 1971, in an attempt to de-ruralize its programs, CBS canceled, among others, "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Green Acres," and "Mayberry R.F.D." "The Andy Griffith Show" concludes its original run, meanwhile, on April 1, 1968

In 1986, after nearly 15 years away from TV, Andy, by this time age 60 and in full recovery from Guillain-Barre Syndrome (which caused him to have bad feet for the rest of his life along with brief paralysis in 1983 for 7 months), returned to TV as Atlanta, Georgia-based lawyer "Matlock," the show of which was made entirely near Andy's home in North Carolina

"Matlock" aired on NBC from September 20, 1986-May 8, 1992, after which ABC picked it up, airing it from November 5, 1992-May 7, 1995

Andy was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts Hall of Fame in 1992. In 2005, Griffith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush

After retiring "Matlock," Andy Griffith spent his later years living in full retirement, during which his son, Andy Samuel "Sam" Griffith, Jr., died of a Heart Attack in early 1996 after years of Alcoholism

Andy's first marriage, to Barbara Edwards, ended in divorce after 23 years of marriage; a brief marriage occurred (also ending in divorce) before Andy settled down with Cindi Knight, marrying her in 1983

In addition to wife Cindi and daughter Dixie Nan, Andy is survived by a legion of fans who grew up watching him in TV Land

Andy was buried on his family farm on Roanoke Island a few hours after his death. Andy's burial followed a small, private service with close friends and family in attendance

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