For a man who became an icon across multiple entertainment mediums, it’s a day of fond remembrance with today’s news of the passing of Andy Griffith at the age of 86. Perhaps best known for his iconic and enduringly popular The Andy Griffith Show and later for his long-running TV series Matlock, Andy was acclaimed not only for his television work, but also as a humorist, a musician and GRAMMY®-winning singer, and as a Broadway and motion picture actor, starring in such classic films as No Room for Sergeants and A Face in the Crowd.
A Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree in 2005, Andy Griffith was also Brad Paisley‘s first choice to appear in Brad’s music video for “Waitin’ on a Woman,” and the video won them the 2008 CMA Award for Music Video of the Year.
On the news of Andy’s passing today, Brad offered the following statement: “Few people in this world will ever have more influence on our lives than Andy Griffith. An actor who never looked like he was acting, a moral compass who saved as many souls as most preachers, and an entertainer who put smiles on more faces than almost anyone; this was as successful a life as is pretty much possible. Andy Griffith made the world a better place, and I was so proud to call him a friend.”