Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine: Remembering each of their greatest performances. One of them may be the most startling Hollywood movie you've never seen


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Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine were early, trend-setting examples of stars who made the transition from movies to television, often (in Borgnine’s case) oscillating between them. And because they both jumped mediums, Griffith and Borgnine, who died within a week of each other (Griffith on July 3, Borgnine on July 8), had fans of every phase of their career who didn’t necessarily overlap.

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Ron Howard remembers Andy Griffith's 'great sense of humor about life'

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Playing Andy Griffith’s son, Opie, on The Andy Griffith Show, Ron Howard had a first-hand look into one of the most popular television shows – and characters – of all time. With the news that star Andy Griffith passed away this morning at age 86, Howard got on the phone with EW to share his favorite memories about his TV dad.

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Listen to Andy Griffith's career-making monologue 'What It Was, Was Football'

Andy Griffith was one of the first great television stars, but he got his start as a monologuist, telling comedic stories onstage in an early iteration of stand-up comedy. In 1953, Griffith recorded What It Was, Was Football, a monologue about a rural country fellow who accidentally finds himself at a football game and has absolutely no idea what is happening. The monologue sold 800,000 records nationwide and launched Griffith’s career into the stratosphere.

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