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I saw lots of wonderful blog tributes to Andy Griffith last week; most notably a comprehensive list of Griffith's many television movies on my fellow blogging buddy Amanda's site Made for TV Mayhem (Andy Griffith: Pure Bad Ass) Check it out! For the way most of us will remember Andy, many of these roles seem a bit on the sinister side for him, but show that he had range as an actor and refused to be continuously pegged as a nice guy in everything that he played.
But it was his nice guy reputation and trustworthiness that made him a natural advertising spokesman for many commercials. I thought it would be fun to show a bit here.
First, it should come as no surprise that The Andy Griffith Show was sponsored by many food products, particularly cereals. If this one for Grape Nuts, also featuring Don Knotts, doesn't make you chuckle then you must need surgery to replace your funny bone:
Here's one for Post Toasties Corn Flakes....reallll GOOD anywhere!
A cereal that tastes like oatmeal cookies...sure sounds goooooood!
When TV made the transition into color, Andy filmed this one for Gaines Burgers dog food. Notice that he doesn't say "Mmmmmm...good!" here!
In the late 70s, Andy promoted Ritz crackers and damned if these spots don't have me craving the buttery, high calorie medallions with cheese on them right now. Darn it, Andy!
This one's my favorite: Andy busting some rhymes!
By the early 80s, Andy filmed a few commercials for AT&T. An old reliable promoting another old reliable:
We're sure gonna miss you, Andy.