Andy Griffith - Mount Airy, North Carolina
Posted by: macleod1
N 36° 29.868 W 080° 36.511
17S E 535060 N 4039235
Quick Description: This is one of two bronze statues located outside the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy, North Carolina.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 9/19/2008 9:44:30 AM
Waymark Code: WM4Q7F
The statue shows the Andy Taylor character walking to the fishing hole with his son Opie from the opening scene of the Andy Griffith television series.
From the website:http://www.answers.com/topic/andy-griffith
* Born: 1 June 1926
* Birthplace: Mount Airy, North Carolina
* Best Known As: Star of TV's The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock
Andy Griffith capitalized on a toothy grin and southern charm to make TV history with two successful series: The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68) and Matlock (1986-95). Griffith got his start in the 1950s playing a country yokel, on radio and in recorded routines like "What It Was, Was Football." He parlayed that hayseed persona into a similar role in No Time for Sergeants, a hit as a TV movie (1955), a Broadway show (1955) and feature film (1958). Two years later he began his run on The Andy Griffith Show, a gentle comedy that co-starred Ron Howard as Griffith's freckled son Opie, and Don Knotts as Sheriff Andy's comical deputy Barney Fife. The show ran until 1968 and continued its popularity in decades of reruns. After several misfires during the 1970s, Griffith scored again with Matlock, in which he played a country-crafty trial lawyer (the show was such a hit with senior citizens that it became a running punch line for comedians). Despite Griffith's extreme popularity, he was never nominated for an Emmy Award for either Matlock or The Andy Griffith Show (he was nominated in for his supporting role in the 1981 TV movie Murder in Texas).
The Andy Griffith Show also starred Francis Bavier as Aunt Bee and Jim Nabors as cheerful half-wit Gomer Pyle, who was spun off into the show Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.... After Griffith's show ended in 1968, some of the supporting characters stepped into a sequel, Mayberry, R.F.D., which ran from 1968-71... Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina, promotes itself as the real-life inspiration for his show... Griffith attended the University of North Carolina... He is no relation to actress Melanie Griffith.
The workmanship is fantastic.
At least one original photo, taken by the poster, of the statue. No internet photos.