‘The Andy Griffith Show’: Ron Howard Revealed Why Andy Griffith Was ‘World’s Greatest Audience’ for Don Knotts

by Will Shepard

Ron Howard is enjoying a lot of success in his career. It began early on in his life playing Opie in The Andy Griffith Show when he was only 6-years-old. His career also includes becoming an Oscar-winning filmmaker.

Now, he is sharing a story about what it was like working on The Andy Griffith Show. He says that it was a lot of hard work, but fun was almost always right alongside it.

In an interview with Closer Weekly, Howard talked about the relationship that Andy Griffith and Don Knotts have. He said that it was really easy for them to be creative on-set because of their chemistry.

“Andy was the world’s greatest audience for Don. Don had Andy literally in tears once a week. [I learned] about the spirit of collaboration, which I’ve carried with me forever.”

Andy Griffith and Don Knott’s Had Amazing Chemistry While Working on “The Andy Griffith Show”

Closer Weekly also notes that Andy Griffith was especially fond of Ron Howard. Dixie Griffith, Andy Griffith’s daughter, talks about their relationship.

“He loved Ron very, very much. They had a deep and abiding respect for each other, and they remained friends till the end.”

But the star of The Andy Griffith Show was not always happy, according to his daughter. His son, Andy Griffith Jr., was battling with alcoholism and passed away at just 37-years-old.

“It affected my dad on a very, very deep level. I went to my brother’s funeral service, but my dad wasn’t able to go. There would be too many magazines and cameras, and it just wasn’t a good place for him to be.”

Even though the namesake for The Andy Griffith Show was never able to completely move on, he continued his acting career. The friendship that he and Ron Howard had would prove the test of time and would last until Griffith’s passing. Additionally, Andy Griffith and Don Knotts’ relationship would last as long as their lives.

Dixie and Howard say that Andy Griffith’s legacy will be remembered fondly. He was one of television’s favorite dads during The Andy Griffith Show’s time.

“His fans still love him. He brings light, joy and laughter to millions. He’s remembered, for sure.”