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Andy Griffith

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Photos Andy Griffith Birth name: Andrew Samuel Griffith
Birth date: 1926/06/01
Date of death : 2012/07/03 (86 years old)
Birth place : Mount Airy, Caroline du Nord (USA)
Height: 1.83 m

French Traduire

Biography for Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular TV series, "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960) and "Matlock" (1986).

Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the 1950s he became a regular on the Ed Sullivan Show and the Steve Allen Show. He was featured in the Broadway play "No Time for Sergeants" (1955) for which he received a Tony nomination, and he later appeared in the film version. His film debut was in the provocative and prophetic A Face in the Crowd (1957), in which Griffith gave a performance that has been described as stunning.

On "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960), Griffith portrayed a folksy small-town sheriff who shared simple heartfelt wisdom. The show was one of the most popular TV series in history. It generated some successful spin-offs, and the original is still seen in re-runs to this day.

Griffith created his own production company in 1972, which produced several movies and TV series. In 1981, he was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal in Murder in Texas (1981) (TV). In 1983 Griffith was stricken with Guillain-Barre syndrome, but he recovered after rehabilitation.

In 1986 he produced and starred in the very successful TV series "Matlock" (1986). The show spawned numerous TV movies as well. When he accepted the People's Choice Award for this show, he said this was his favorite role.


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Title Role
Daddy and Them (2001) O.T. Montgomery
A Holiday Romance (1999) (TV) Jake Peterson
Scattering Dad (1998) (TV) Hiram
What It Was Was Football (1997) Narrator
Spy Hard (1996) General Rancor
Gramps (1995) (TV) Jack MacGruder
The Gift of Love (1994/II) (TV) Phil Doucet
Matlock: The Idol (1994) (TV) Ben Matlock
Matlock: The Fatal Seduction (1993) (TV) Ben Matlock
Matlock: The Kidnapping (1993) (TV) Ben Matlock
Matlock: The Vacation (1992) (TV) Ben Matlock
Matlock: The Fortune (1992) (TV) Ben Matlock
Matlock: The Witness Killings (1991) (TV) Ben Matlock
Matlock: The Picture (1991) (TV) Ben Matlock
Matlock: The Suspect (1991) (TV) Ben Matlock
Matlock: Nowhere to Turn (1990) (TV) Ben Matlock
Matlock: The Thief (1989) (TV) Ben Matlock
Matlock: The Billionaire (1987) (TV) Ben Matlock
Matlock: The Power Brokers (1987) (TV) Ben Matlock
Matlock (1986) TV Series Benjamin L. Matlock (1986-1995)/Charlie Matlock
Under the Influence (1986) (TV) Noah Talbot
Return to Mayberry (1986) (TV) Andy Taylor
Matlock: Diary of a Perfect Murder (1986) (TV) Ben Matlock
Crime of Innocence (1985) (TV) Judge Julius Sullivan
Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985) Colonel Ticonderoga
Fatal Vision (1984) (TV) Victor Worheide
The Demon Murder Case (1983) (TV) Guy Harris
Murder in Coweta County (1983) (TV) John Wallace
For Lovers Only (1982) (TV) Vernon Bliss
Murder in Texas (1981) (TV) Ash Robinson
The Yeagers (1980) TV Series
Roots: The Next Generations (1979) (mini) TV Series Commander Robert Munroe
From Here to Eternity (1979) (mini) TV Series Gen. Barney Slater
Salvage 1 (1979) TV Series Harry Broderick
Salvage (1979) (TV) Harry Broderick
Centennial (1978) (mini) TV Series Professor Lewis Venor
Deadly Game (1977) (TV) Police Chief Abel Marsh
The Girl in the Empty Grave (1977) (TV) Police Chief Abel Marsh
Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977) (mini) TV Series Esker Scott Anderson
Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976) (TV) (voice) Narrator
Six Characters in Search of an Author (1976) (TV) The Father Characters in Search of an Author (USA: series title)
Street Killing (1976) (TV) Gus Brenner
Hearts of the West (1975) Howard Pike aka Billy Pueblo
Adams of Eagle Lake (1975) (TV) Sheriff Sam Adams
Savages (1974) (TV) Horton Maddock
Winter Kill (1974) (TV) Sheriff Sam McNeill
Pray for the Wildcats (1974) (TV) Sam Farragut
Go Ask Alice (1973) (TV) Priest
Strangers in 7A (1972) (TV) Artie Sawyer
The New Andy Griffith Show (1971) TV Series Andy Sawyer
The Headmaster (1970) TV Series Andy Thompson
Angel in My Pocket (1969) Reverend Samuel D. Whitehead
The Second Time Around (1961) Pat Collins
The Andy Griffith Show (1960) TV Series Sheriff Andy Taylor
Onionhead (1958) Alvin Woods
No Time for Sergeants (1958) Pvt. Will Stockdale
A Face in the Crowd (1957) Lonesome Rhodes


Suffered from Guillain-Barre Syndrome and couldn't walk for 7 months. [1983]

In 1987 when he accepted the People's Choice Award, he said he was happy it was for "Matlock" (1986). He said that "Matlock" (1986) was his favorite character to date.

9 May 2000 - Underwent a quadruple bypass.

He was the Tuesday night host for CBS Radio's "Sears Mystery Theater" (1979). He was still Tuesday's host when it became "The Mutual Radio Theater" on Mutual Radio (1980).

Attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity.

He recorded some albums of standup comedy routines. Among his classic routines is "And What It Was, Was Football."

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 195-196. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

Andy Taylor, Griffith's character on "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960), was ranked #8 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].

Recorded a gospel album called "I Love To Tell The Story" in 1996 that became a hit and won a Grammy.

Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1956, as Best Supporting of Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "No Time for Sergeants," and in 1960 as Best Actor (Musical) for "Destry Rides Again."

During a 1959 performance of the Broadway musical "Destry Rides Again", in which Griffith starred opposite Dolores Gray, a small fire broke out backstage at the Imperial Theater. Although it was put out within a few minutes time, without causing any major damage, just enough smoke drifted toward the stage that there could have been a panic had not Griffith and Gray continued on with the scene as though nothing was happening. For their bravery, they were rewarded by the audience that night with a standing ovation and by the New York City Fire Comissioner with citations for heroism.

He and Marilyn Monroe were born on the same day June 1, 1926.


Spouse : Cindi Knight (2 April 1983 - present), Solica Cassuto (1973 - 1981), Barbara Edwards (1949 - 1972)

His two children are adopted.

His son died of alcoholism in 1996.

Two children, Andy and Dixie, from his first marriage to 'Barbara Edwards'

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by misou
  • Last update: 04/07/2012 by abdest

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