When Andy Griffith got his own show, it quickly became known as one of the friendliest places in Hollywood to work. That easygoing atmosphere translated on-screen, and “The Andy Griffith Show” became one of the most beloved shows in history—thanks to a star who made us all feel at home. (Photo courtesy PBS Pioneers of Television)
Carroll O'Connor (August 2, 1924 – June 21, 2001) was an American actor, producer and director. Known for playing the role of Major General Colt in the 1970 movie Kelly's Heroes, he later found fame as bigoted working man Archie Bunker, the main character in the 1970s CBS television sitcoms All in the Family and, Archie Bunker's Place . He later starred in the NBC/CBS television crime drama-Heat of the Night. O'Connor died from a heart attack brought on by complications from diabetes.
Jonathan Southworth "John" Ritter (September 17, 1948 – September 11, 2003) was an American actor, comedian, and voice-over artist. Ritter was best known for playing Jack Tripper on the hit ABC sitcom Three's Company, for which he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award in 1984. He was the son of famous country/western star Tex Ritter, and the father of actor Jason Ritter.