Ron Howard believed that Andy Griffith was a natural leader

"[Andy] poured everything he had into [the show]. He was the rock on which the show was built in every way."

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When you hear the words family and comedy, The Andy Griffith Show should be the first series that comes to mind. It's a sitcom that'll never grow old, keeping classic television alive for years to come even though it ended over fifty years ago.

Andy Griffith was a beloved actor that valued his craft and the environment around him. He ensured that everything felt right when filming because the show was vital to him. According to Ron Howard, Griffith was a natural leader.

Howard played Opie, the son of Andy Taylor, and he was only six years old when he appeared in the 1960 backdoor pilot. Although he was young when he started, Howard remembers what it was like working with Griffith. He told his story in an interview with the Television Academy.

"Andy, um, is a very intelligent guy. Sort of self-schooled," Howard began. "He was a teacher who kind of taught himself to be an entertainer. I don't know if he ever studied acting anywhere or not. But, he built his own sense. His own aesthetic. And, it came from a place of logic for him."

Howard believed Griffith was one of those entertainers who could quickly get the attention of an audience, even years after the show ended, saying, "He's ambitious about it. He wants to entertain."

Life on set can be different for child actors than for adult actors. They view certain aspects of the industry differently, but Ron Howard could easily understand the type of person Griffith was on set.

"He could be very, very serious. The show was important to him," he added. "[Andy] poured everything he had into [the show]. He was the rock on which the show was built in every way. He was the one that established the tone of the set, which was playful when it was appropriate to be having fun. But when the time came to make the show, to [film] the shot, to get the joke, that was pretty serious."

Howard learned from the series that show business could be fun, but there was also a responsibility. He believed that it was an opportunity that couldn't be wasted.

Yet, no matter what, Griffith made sure that everything was right. "Andy was a real, great natural leader even though he wasn't a producer on the show or formally a writer. He was a tremendous contributor."

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JHP 19 months ago
maybe in real life - but not on the show

BARN NEVER listened to his boss's orders
ELEANOR 19 months ago
The most important piece of paper concerning the show was not a page out of the script, nor was it a page out of each person's contract. It was Ronny Howard's Little League annual schedule which was consulted to ensure that Ronny got to each and every game. Whether they had to film around him or use an episode's where his presence was not required, he was able to make each game. It is so important to permit a child actor to actually have a childhood and they ensured that little Ronny Howard had one. Due to this, we saw little Ronny Howard move from Opie, to Ritchie in "Happy Days" and finally as a director and producer. All due in part to the strict attention they paid to Ronny's Little League schedule.
Pacificsun 19 months ago
This is my favorite quote from the article, which says so much.

"𝙃𝙤𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙣𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙗𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙗𝙚 𝙛𝙪𝙣, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙖𝙡𝙨𝙤 𝙖 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙗𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮. 𝙃𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙞𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙖𝙣 𝙤𝙥𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙𝙣'𝙩 𝙗𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙙."

Isn't it to be treasured that Andy Griffith was a leader interested in the success of everyone. And not ego-driven. I'm happy for Ron Howard that he benefitted so much from the experience.
Andybandit 19 months ago
Andy Griffith was a great leader on TAGS and Matlock. That is why the both shows were good shows.
MrsPhilHarris 19 months ago
I’ve watched home movies that Ronnie Howard’s parents filmed and it looks like it was a fun set.
LoveMETV22 MrsPhilHarris 19 months ago
Not sure if there is a link directly crediting Ron Howard's parents, but there is a clip narrated by brother Clint. Worthy of a share and thank you for mentioning that.
LoveMETV22 LoveMETV22 19 months ago
Many Excellent Candid shots of the cast included in the video.
Pacificsun LoveMETV22 19 months ago
I can't think of a better credit to the parents or the production than hearing it first hand along with citing examples. Visuals say so much, and this is a very enriched share. Interesting to see all of the principle characters/actors. Especially Francis Bavier looking relaxed and gracious. And I hope Moriyah catches a glimpse of smiling Jim Nabors. Weren't the costumes fun and so appropriate.

LOL, I didn't quite see all the craft-talent exactly in "suits and ties" but business casual was certainly looking most professional. What a magical world to be part of then. To be recognized and appreciated for who they were and what they contributed.

A valuable share, with appreciation for posting it.
MrsPhilHarris LoveMETV22 19 months ago
That was a great clip. Thelma Lou smoking! 😲
JHP MrsPhilHarris 19 months ago
was she smoking Quiet Sam's marijuana
MrsPhilHarris JHP 19 months ago
She was standing on the porch next to Opie! 😳
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