Tuesday, July 03, 2012

RIP Andy Griffith (1926-2012)

NEW YORK—All I have to say about Andy Griffith, who died today at the age of 86, is: Many will remember you as Sheriff Andy Taylor and/or as lawyer Ben Matlock on television, but I will always remember you as that folksy demagogue Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes in Elia Kazan's still-scalding media excoriation A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Watch his no-holds-barred madness in this climactic clip, and keep in mind that this was just his first feature film.

Amazing. Rest in peace, Andy Griffith.

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