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Old 08-08-2007, 01:42 PM   #16
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It would seem as if the opinions are varied to say the least, but, it sounds as if , in general, he was a good guy, but let the pressures of the job get to him at times......in other words, pretty much like anyone else.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:06 PM   #17
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If you want to know about Andy Griffith then ask someone from Mt. Airey or better yet ask someone from Manteo, N.C. They all have a low opinion of the man. As a matter of fact ask the people from Mt. Airey how many times they asked him to come back for a dedication service or parade. I think they got tired of asking. Or ask the people that run "The Lost Colony" where Andy Griffith got his start in Manteo how many times they have asked him back for a guest apperance.

We live near Manteo and two of our friends have had bad experiences. One worked in the ACE Hardware store in Manteo. He said everyday Mr. Griffith would come in and you better not speak to him because he would either grunt at you or yell.

My other friend saw Mr. Griffith leaving the local supermarket and just wanted to say "Thanks for making T.V. so wonderful for all the family to enjoy" Before she could get the first word out he started yelling "Leave me alone...get away from me" another friend had a similar experience outside a restaurant in Nags Head.

Now I know I can be grumpy but I'm never rude and I work with people every day.

I like the old shows but my opinion of AG is not much.
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I alwas heard to he was hard to get along with.
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I have seen Nancy Stafford, his Matlock co-star, interviewed and she said that she and Andy Griffith never really got along. Ms. Stafford also happens to be a devout Christian, motivational speaker and author. Andy Griffith has also gone on record as being a Christian, too. Odd.
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It also could be that he didn't get along too well with Matlock creator Dean Hargrove,because in the shows' last NBC season(1991-1992),Andy Griffith replaced Dean Hargrove as co-executive producer with Fred Silverman,and on the ABC shows it was the same way,with Fred Silverman and Andy Griffith as Executive producers.Before,(up until 1991-1992),it was Fred Silverman and Dean Hargrove who were executive producers.
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And that could be why Linda Purl left when she did(she left after her brief final appearance in NBC's first season's "The People vs.Matlock"-did THEY get along?),and why Keene Holliday as Det.Tyler Hudson left after the 2-parter NBC episode"The Thief",Clarence Gilyard,Jr.as Det.Conrad McMasters left to do "Walker,Texas Ranger",and Brynn Thayer left when she did.Did ANY of them get along with Andy Griffith?
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I have no idea - I don't really know a whole lot about Matlock, to be honest.
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Years ago, I saw an interview with Andy Griffith. One of the questions asked was "Which character is closest to how you are; Andy Taylor or Ben Matlock?"
His reply was Ben Matlock; mainly because he admitted that he's not very patient with people and he can be grumpy.

At least he was being honest.
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Years ago, I saw an interview with Andy Griffith. One of the questions asked was "Which character is closest to how you are; Andy Taylor or Ben Matlock?"
His reply was Ben Matlock; mainly because he admitted that he's not very patient with people and he can be grumpy.

At least he was being honest.
and Matlock sure was grumpy. But at least he liked his hot dogs. lol
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and Matlock sure was grumpy. But at least he liked his hot dogs. lol
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The character Andy Taylor even changed during the run of TAGS. In the early seasons, Andy was happy-go-lucky. In the later seasons, he was short with people and grumpy. And that was just the character. I always thought that he probably had a lot of fun when the show first started, but got tired of the show before he was willing to give it up.

Having seen Matlock too, I think he is probably more like Matlock and the later-season Andy Taylor than the early season Andy.
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The character Andy Taylor even changed during the run of TAGS. In the early seasons, Andy was happy-go-lucky. In the later seasons, he was short with people and grumpy. And that was just the character. I always thought that he probably had a lot of fun when the show first started, but got tired of the show before he was willing to give it up.

Having seen Matlock too, I think he is probably more like Matlock and the later-season Andy Taylor than the early season Andy.
I think after Don Knotts left, it just wasn't the same for him. Don was his other half. He had nobody to play against.
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I think after Don Knotts left, it just wasn't the same for him. Don was his other half. He had nobody to play against.
Yup - I also think that's a huge reason why only the Don Knotts era was/is shown in many of the syndication packages.
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I think after Don Knotts left, it just wasn't the same for him. Don was his other half. He had nobody to play against.


After Don Knotts left, the show went to sh*t.
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After Don Knotts left, the show went to sh*t.
Plus, no one remembers Warren - or if they do, it's not by name and only as the guy who came in after Don Knotts/Barney Fife left. Jack Burns really was in a no-win situation, trying to fill Mr. Knotts' shoes.
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