Andy Griffith, Matlock and Mayberry’s Favorite Son, Dead at 86

From 1960 to 1968, Griffith’s kindly sheriff raised a son, Opie, played by Ron Howard, and a high-strung deputy, Barney Fife, played by Don Knotts. That Taylor, a white lawman in the Civil Rights-era South, became a model of fairness was a tribute to the series. And to Griffith. “We—everyone one on the show—have a […]