I don't know if the foreign devils really knew him, but most of us who grew up in America lost a friend today. The cool voice of reason on a show that still airs daily after 50 years, we all felt like we knew Andy Griffith. Mayberry was an idyllic little town that most of us wished really exists, and Andy the type of "pa" we all wanted.
He was a gifted actor beyond just crafting the indelible roles of Sheriff Taylor and Matlock. If you get a chance to see Elia Kazan's 1957 classic "A Face In The Crowd", you'll never look at that corn-pone grin quite the same way.
Opie, Andy and Barney.
With Patricia Neal in "A Face In The Crowd".
A sheriff with a knife.
Andrew Samuel "Andy" Griffith June 1, 1926 - July 3, 2012 Rest In Peace