Don Knotts

Oscar Shame: How Could They Forget Andy Griffith?

Posted on 02/25/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentAs Gomer Pyle would have said, “Golllll-eeee!” How could Sunday night’s Oscarcast have neglected to mention the late great Andy Griffith among the stars who died in the past year? I’m not for one moment begrudging any of the film industry greats who were listed — from screen legends Ernest Borgnine, Charles Durning and Celeste Holm to songwriter Hal David and writer Nora Ephron. It’s typical of Oscar’s short memory that the evening’s organizers apparently forgot that Andy was actually …

Bye Now, Andy. Y’All Take Care, Y’Hear?

Posted on 07/3/2012 by |Movies & TV | Comments

LegacyJim “Gomer Pyle” Nabors, who owed his entire career to Andy Griffith, once told me about the first time the two ever met,  after Andy had seen his nightclub act in the early 1960s. “I don’t know what you do,” Andy told the young singer-comedian. “But you do it very well.” For Andy Griffith, who died July 3 at age 86, there may have a level of self-recognition in that observation. Ten years earlier, Andy himself had exploded into the …