Died Today (July 3rd): Andy Griffith (1926–2012)

andygriffith.jpgDied Today: Andy Griffith (1926–2012)

Born: June 1, 1926 in Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA

Died: July 3, 2012 (age 86) in Manteo, North Carolina, USA

Married to: Cindi Knight (2 April 1983 – 3 July 2012) (his death)
Solica Casuto (11 June 1975 – 1981) (divorced)
Barbara Griffith (26 August 1949 – 16 October 1972) (divorced) (2 children)

QUOTES:

[on his off-camera relationship with Frances Bavier, who played Aunt Bee] There was just something about me she did not like.
[How he valued Don Knotts as an actor/best friend]: I loved Don. There was no one like him.
[For making Chapel Hill, which is where he went to college, proud of him]: I am proud of my connections to Carolina and pleased to know that some results from a lifetime of work on television, film, stage and recordings will have a permanent home in Chapel Hill.
I was baptized alongside my mother when I was 8 years old. Since then, I have tried to walk a Christian life, … And now that I’m getting older, I realized that I’m walking even closer with my God.
I still play that guitar. It’s a Martin D-18 with a clear pick guard. I’ve played that guitar on and off my TV shows for nearly 50 years.
[When he used a televangelist as his model]: I did an impression of Oral Roberts, and near the end, I took Elia Kazan’s head in my hands, and I healed him, I walked out of that restaurant with the part.