Collection Of Quotes On Andy Griffith’s Death

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(CNN) — Stars, officials, loved ones and fans from all walks of life weighed in Tuesday with their tributes to TV actor Andy Griffith, who died at age 86 in his home state of North Carolina:

— Cindi Griffith, Andy Griffith’s wife: “Andy was a person of incredibly strong Christian faith and was prepared for the day he would be called Home to his Lord.”

— President Barack Obama: “Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Andy Griffith this morning. A performer of extraordinary talent, Andy was beloved by generations of fans and revered by entertainers who followed in his footsteps. He brought us characters from Sheriff Andy Taylor to Ben Matlock, and in the process, warmed the hearts of Americans everywhere. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy’s family.”

— Ron Howard: “His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life,” the film director, who played Opie Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show,” said on his Twitter page. “I’m forever grateful RIP Andy.”

— Barbara Eden: “His talent created an aura of reality on the set,” said Eden, who appeared on “The Andy Griffith Show” before starring in “I Dream of Jeannie.” “He was so honest and so centered, sometimes you didn’t know if you were having a discussion with him or if you were doing the lines.”

— North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue: “North Carolina has lost its favorite son. Throughout his career, he represented everything that was good about North Carolina: a small town boy and UNC graduate who took a light-hearted approach to some of the attributes he grew up with and turned them into a spectacularly successful career. And regardless of where that career took him, he always came back to North Carolina and spent his final years here.”

— Larry King: “Sad to hear news of Andy Griffith’s death,” the former CNN talk show host tweeted. “He was a terrific actor, a great comedian, an endearing person. He lived a long & fruitful life.”

— Country singer Brad Paisley: “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.”

— Actor Jeff Daniels: “Growing up, I watched (“The Andy Griffith Show”) religiously,” Daniels tweeted. “One of the reasons why I now do what I do. RIP Andy.”

— High school teacher Ruxton Williamson, Austin, Texas: “It was always the first show to come on Nick at Nite. The first thing you heard was the whistle of the theme song and you knew it was the call to the start of the show. It was my dad’s favorite show. I could share that with him.”

— CNN commenter “SnackMonster”: “I never knew my real parents when I grew up, but the home I was in as a kid had “The Andy Griffith Show” on TV almost every day. Thanks Mr. Griffith for providing a role model for me when I needed one. You made a huge difference in my life.”

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