‘The Andy Griffith Show’: Did Andy and Ron Howard Get Along Off Screen?

One of the first scenes you see is a roll of opening credits Andy Griffith Exhibition Picture of Sheriff Andy Taylor (played by Andy Griffith) walking on the road with his young son Opie Taylor (Ron Howard), fishing rods crossing their backs as they go out for an evening of adventure. It captures much of the fan attraction to the hit sitcom, which began from 1960 to 1968.

Ron Howard and Andy Griffith in 'The Andy Griffith Show'
Ron Howard and Andy Griffith in ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ | CBS through Getty Images

Over the years since the show came to an end, many listeners wondered if the father-son duo were as friendly and close to the camera as they were on set, especially with history Griffith on anger issues and alcohol allegations. Howard went on the record to tell you who he was related to Griffith when the cameras were not recording.

‘The Andy Griffith Show’ invited audiences to a world of nostalgia, small towns

Andy Griffith died in 2012 at the age of 86. When he died, celebrities around the world poured their condolences, and Howard was one of them.

“[Andy Griffith’s] the pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating generations that have served him and shaped my life, ”added Howard Twitter. “I’m grateful forever.”

While the show was full of warm scenes and a lot of nostalgia, Griffith himself led a life that was not always as elegant as what was seen on his sitcom. For example, he was known to be angry, struggled through many relationships, and is said to have sometimes drunk a little too much alcohol. And while there may have been some differences between ideologies Andy Griffith Exhibition and Griffith’s real life, it turns out, that the relationship between Howard and Griffith was real, real and very close.

Howard has been posting again on Twitter about how he looks back on growing up on a highly regarded Griffith TV set, and also looks up to Griffith.

And in an interview with Closer to each week, said Andrew had taught him important lessons “that I have been with forever.”

Griffith himself told Closer that although Howard did not think of him as a father, he felt that they were true friends. And Griffith’s daughter Dixie Griffith said: “[Andy Griffith] loved [Ron Howard] very, very large. They had great respect for each other, and were friends to the end. ”

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