Secrets from the Set of The Andy Griffith Show

Life Long Friends

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Don and Andy were best friends in real life. Andy even went to the hospital to visit Don on his deathbed. “I know that he could hear me, and we all believe that he could hear my voice. I told him that I loved him, and I told him … I said, ‘Jess [Don’s real first name], breathe. You’ve gotta make this, you’ve gotta pull through. Breathe.’ And you know, I saw his chest heave, and I said ‘That’s a boy. Keep breathing. Just keep breathing.’ And his shoulder moved, so I believe he heard my voice,” Andy recalled.

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