Andy Griffith and Don Knotts met on Broadway in the 1950s. When Andy went to Hollywood to film a TV pilot about a small-town sheriff, Don called to ask if the sheriff could use a deputy. Read more...
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Andy Griffith and Don Knotts met on Broadway in the 1950s. When Andy went to Hollywood to film a TV pilot about a small-town sheriff, Don called to ask if the sheriff could use a deputy. The comedic synergy between Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife ignited "The Andy" "Griffith Show, "elevating a folksy sitcom into a timeless study of human friendship, as potent off the screen as on. Andy and Don fellow Southerners born into poverty and raised among scofflaws, bullies, and drunks captured the hearts of Americans across the country as they rocked lazily on the front porch, meditating about the simple pleasure of a bottle of pop.
But behind this sleepy, small-town charm, de Vise s exclusive reporting reveals explosions of violent temper, bouts of crippling neurosis, and all-too-human struggles with the temptations of fame. "Andy and Don "chronicles unspoken rivalries, passionate affairs, unrequited loves, and friendships lost and regained. Although Andy and Don ended their Mayberry partnership in 1965, they remained best friends for the next half-century, with Andy visiting Don at his death bed.
Written by Don Knotts s brother-in-law and featuring extensive unpublished interviews with those closest to both men, "Andy and Don" is the definitive literary work on the legacy of "The Andy Griffith Show" and a provocative and an entertaining read about two of America s most enduring stars."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-07-27
- Reviewer: Staff
Andy Griffith and Don Knotts are one of the most famous comedy duos in America, and in this tender tribute, De Vise, Knotts’s brother-in-law, chronicles their relationship. DeVise digs deeply into Griffith and Knotts’s childhoods, growing up poor in the South, and looks at how that experience affected them. The professional relationship between Griffith and Knotts began on Broadway, and continued into Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show. When Knotts finally left the show, the two men both lamented that they would never find anything that fulfilling in their careers again, and spent a great deal of time trying to find new ways to collaborate. De Vise offers an intimate look at the lives of these two stars, and his access is invaluable to understanding their lifelong friendship. He captures the complexity of both men and the intimacy of their friendship with extreme detail and sensitivity. (Nov.)