Nightly News | July 03, 2012
>> ron howard who we just saw in mike taibbi 's report, has been a long time successful director. but it was that role as opie at age 5 that gave him his start. more now on how andy griff edge helped shape his career and life.
>> andy as a person brought a smile to my face. he got a lot of joy out of what he was doing. what andy probably meant most to me, he demonstrated this possibility that you could really have fun and work very hard toward trying to offer audiences something of real quality. being a kid actor on the andy griffith show was an extraordinary experience and a very positive experience. i never felt pressured. and yet, i also learned really how to be a professional.
>> the thing about the andy griffith show , while not auto buy graphical, it was a real genuine reflection of his sensibility. and the enduring appreciation for the show, the fact that the show still airs every day.
>> whoa, now! simmer down now.
>> he's well known for at the end of the show and saying, i appreciate it, and good night. a few years ago, i was thinking about him and it, and i realized that he understood those words and he believed them.
>> ron howard remembering andy griffith . and there is more, including a post from our politics team about andy griffith 's support for causes he cared about on our website, nbcnightlynews.com.