Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Sheriff Andy Taylor joins Deputy Barney Fife in Heaven's Roll Call - Andy Griffith, folksy TV sheriff and comedian, dies at 86


Andy Griffith DEAD AT 86
Andy Griffith was beloved by TV viewers as the drawling star of the '60s sitcom 'The Andy Griffith Show' and later as a lawyer on 'Matlock.' To former costar Ron Howard he was 'like a wonderful uncle.'

Andy Griffith, whose folksy portrayal of the wise and good-humored sheriff of Mayberry in the classic 1960s situation comedy"The Andy Griffith Show" made him one of television's most beloved stars, has died. He was 86.

Griffith, who decades later experienced another round of TV popularity starring as a crafty Atlanta defense attorney on "Matlock," died Tuesday morning at his home in Manteo, N.C., his friend and former president of the University of North Carolina, William C. Friday, told The Times. The cause was not immediately determined.

A former North Carolina high school music teacher, Griffith launched his career as an entertainer in the early 1950s by writing and performing comic monologues for civic clubs that he delivered in an exaggerated Southern drawl that was once described as "sounding like three yards out on a Carolina swamp."

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31 comments:

ISP Sgt said...

Salute to a real law enforcement model.
Rest in Peace, Andy.

Anonymous said...

Now he belongs to the ages. RIP.

Anonymous said...

FYI he was a lib Obama supporter.

Anonymous said...

one less obama voter!

Anonymous said...

Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife were the real police. Too bad Chicago is stuck with some jagoff Supt. who blames the pilgrims and white police officers for everything bad under the sun.

False Perceptions! said...

Another Liberal bites the dust!

Andy and Barney put a false face on Law Enforcement and we suffer to this day because of this. How many of you have compared some of our more incompetent brothers to Barney and and how many people have you run across who expect you to be like Andy? Were you ever called Barney Fife by someone who didn't like your law enforcement ethic. Great yard stick to be measured by, Andy and Barney! Then there was Gomer and Goober 2 more great roll models. Didn't one of them take it in the ass from the "Rock"?

In a public service announcement for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Andy Griffith makes a blatant pitch to seniors for ObamaCare. Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request and learned that the ad cost more than $400,000 to produce, and the advertising space cost more than $3 million.

Also, FactCheck.org took issue with the facts involved (from The Hill Blog):

"Would the sheriff of Mayberry mislead you about Medicare? Alas, yes," writes Brooks Jackson, director of FactCheck.org, a project of the University of Pennsylvania's much-respected Annenberg Public Policy Center. "The truth is, for millions of seniors, benefits won't remain the same."



Andy Griffith Endorses ObamaCare Click Here

Anonymous said...

Don Grady, Andy Griffith, who will complete the hat trick?

Anonymous said...

If he was registered in Chicago both he and Barney would be voting from the grave.

Maybe we should check the voter rolls to see if they are registered here!

Anonymous said...

Luckily we still have another yokel Sheriff in America, Tommy Dart of Crook County

Anonymous said...

Another rich Celebri-Commie who never did Jack Shit for Law Enforcement, other than to get rich making a mockery of it.

Anonymous said...

Loved the character he pretended to be. But he was a liberal asshole.

Anonymous said...

Jesus give poor Andy a break. He was an entertaining performer who still has his shows on tv. There was a good moral to every program. Who the shit cares who he voted for.

Anonymous said...

He lost me with that obamacare pimping...

Anonymous said...

If it weren't for Andy Griffith, I would have never known just how good Ritz crackers are.

Anonymous said...

I Knew Him!

I Blew Him!

Aunt Bea(ver)

Anonymous said...

So are we going to the flag at half mast for Andy, or do we only do that for homosexual pediophiles and crack head singers.

Anonymous said...

Ernest T. Bass is my hero.

Anonymous said...

little known fact, aunt beas sister was auntie em in the wizard of oz,also aunt bea was alledged to be a dyke,

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of fucking haters here. The Andy Griffith show featured good old American family values. Only on Shaved would Andy Griffith get motherfucked.

Anonymous said...

GOD BLESS ANDY YOU ARE THE GREATEST

Mississippi Madman said...

Anonymous said...
Another rich Celebri-Commie who never did Jack Shit for Law Enforcement, other than to get rich making a mockery of it.

July 3, 2012 3:49 PM

pretty easy to do with you worthless fucks in Chicago as an example.

Anonymous said...

That TV show was WAY before my time... I don't care he is gone. I saw no connection to him nor his program. Know 'of' it but do not know it.

Was he not Matlock too? Another show I did not watch.

Anonymous said...

In 40 years of law enforcement I treasure the two I spent working with a sheriff who WAS Andy Taylor. What he didn't know about law he knew about people. Every day he accomplished things with common sense and courtesy. No policy manual -- just do what's right. We rarely used force. If someone was dumb enough to assault an officer, they could count at least a year out of their lives. (Amazing how judges with balls can help.)

When microwaves were $400 we always had hot dogs to nuke for someone arrested at night. Many confessions were secured with Oscar Mayer and a Pepsi.

The sheriff's duty weapon, when he carried one, was a Detective Special but "tactical" situations brought out a Tommy gun. A custodial arrest -- except in a necessary situation such as a bank robbery, drug bust, DUI, etc. -- was considered a failure because we failed to restore the peace.

The sheriff himself was a World War II veteran and farmer without formal training but he tolerated this college educated Vietnam era vet. For decades after I left he and his wife followed my career and remained close friends (like a second set of parents) up until the day they died (within a month of each other) a couple years ago.

We had our Otis -- his name was Jerry -- and one felony DUI resulted in a conviction based largely on the testimony of the town drunk who helped make up a cell for my DUI. Screw the test: if a town drunk says you're drunk, you're drunk.

Pre-meth era rural small town law enforcement was not the bucolic blessing that TV's Andy and Barney made it out to be. Actually it was long moments of boredom punctuated by brief burts of terror and you had to be ready for it. Backup? If you're lucky there might be another officer or game warden on duty otherwise it could come from 40 miles (or more) away. You had to learn how to deal with people and situations and sometimes a good sense of humor was more effective than a nightstick and handcuffs.

As for fellow cops it was like that box of chocolates: you never knew what you'd get. Half were local yokels (Barney). The rest were bright, creative people who wouldn't last ten minutes in a bureaucracy -- no policy books to get in the way or sergeants to ask: we were empowered to make decisions. I've often said I would like to see many of my city colleagues have to work in the boonies for a year. You can get a little overconfident when backup is around the corner instead of in the next county. Yes, the volume of calls isn't there but when something serious did happen, often it was fairly dramatic. A simple stabbing or shooting that we see all the time was very rare. Many of the few violent crimes were pretty gruesome.

I have dozens of fond funny (and a few not so funny) war stories from the boonies but, sadly, the days of real life Andy and Barney are gone. The meth epidemic, bad economy and illegal immigration have pretty much destroyed rural America and small town law enforcement hasn't been equipped enough to deal with it. Perhaps the saddest thing was when my sheriff was in a nursing home and a couple of meth heads tried a daylight home invasion at his house only to meet the sheriff's 87-year-old wife with that detective special. (Yes, we had burglaries in the 70's -- maybe a half-dozen a year!)

I never much liked TV's Andy and Barney because you never saw the brief bursts of terror or the competent officers, giving a false impression of rural law enforcement. That said, Andy and Barney really did exist and a real-life version of Sheriff Taylor taught this city boy more than any professor or academy instructor ever did.

Thanks, Shaved, for the chance to remember.

Anonymous said...

pretty easy to do with you worthless fucks in Chicago as an example.
Hay county guy, wipe the cum off your lips and go back to your own blog.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing that wonderful story. What a GOOD MAN he must have been..Lucky you..

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
pretty easy to do with you worthless fucks in Chicago as an example.
Hay county guy, wipe the cum off your lips and go back to your own blog.

July 4, 2012 8:48 AM

awww truth hurt Chicago COCKSUCKER?

Anonymous said...

gotta love the haters out here. Mother FUCKERS. You sons of worthless bitches would whine if they put 400 grand on a table infront of you and said,"here take it" you would whine..."its too heavy,I dont wanna pay the taxes on it, waa waaa waaaa" Now then,,shut the FUCK up and pay a little respect to the man. you bastards demand respect out of others now SHOW a little yourselved.Fuckin chicago PIG.

Anonymous said...

Remember the time Opie walked in on Aunt Bea and Clara Edwards bumping donuts on the couch?

Anonymous said...

Hey, wheel gunner -- great post and a great tribute to your old pal. I'd like to see the look on those two methheads when the sheriff's wife had the bead on them! A little frontier justice now and then might improve this city, eh Rahm?

I Voted For Obama said...

Ernest T. Bass voted for Obama. Broke a window with a rock.

Anonymous said...

Sheriff Taylor grabbed the fishing poles and eight hours later we called it a day. Now if Mayberry was black it would be different.