After a role like that, most performers are not able to catch lighting in a bottle a second time, but of Andy Griffith was one of the few to avoid that fate with a second hit series- Matlock playing dense attorney Ben Matlock. With that series, he had the rare distinction of playing the role on all three major networks.
Some of my favorite Griffith roles are ones that no one else has mentioned. In the late 1970s, he starred in a series called Salvage 1, where he led a salvage firm that would go to great lengths to recover property (going to the moon, etc.). He revisited the role of a small town sheriff twice-Sheriff Sam Adams in Adams of Eagle Lake that ran for two episodes in 1975 and as Police Chief Abel Marsh in two 1977 television movies, and I remember all four as being well above average.
He never obtained the same level of success on the big screen, but he made appearances for over fifty years and in some memorable movies and roles, such as A Face in the Crowd (1957), No Time for Sergeants (1958), Hearts of the West (1975), Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985),and Waitress (2007).
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