Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith

Age
88
Birthday
Jun. 1st, 1926
Born in
Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA
Height
6'

Andy Griffith's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Andy Griffith Show TV Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Matlock TV Show
Matlock
Mayberry R.F.D. TV Show
Mayberry R.F.D.
Centennial TV Show
Centennial
The New Andy Griffith Show TV Show
The New Andy Griffith Show
Salvage 1 TV Show
Salvage 1
Pioneers of Television TV Show
Pioneers of Television
The Headmaster TV Show
The Headmaster
The Yeagers TV Show
The Yeagers
 

Main Movie Roles

2009 - Play the Game
2007 - Christmas Is Here Again
2007 - Waitress
2001 - Daddy and Them
1996 - Spy Hard
1985 - Rustlers' Rhapsody
1958 - No Time For Sergeants
1957 - A Face in the Crowd

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Ben Matlock
2
Jack Starkey
1
Mitch Folger
1
George Carter
1
Arnold Lovejoy
1
Sheriff Andy Taylor
1
Lamont Devereaux
1
J. Scott 'Scotty' Foreman
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

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.


TRIVIA:
  • 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).
  • He and 'Marilyn Monroe' (qv) were born on the same day, June 1, 1926.
  • Has a long association with ex-_"The Andy Griffith Show" (1960)_ (qv) co-star, 'Ron Howard (I)' (qv), before and after the show's cancellation. Howard guest-starred on an episode of Griffith's short-lived series, _"The Headmaster" (1970)_ (qv) in 1970, and he hosted _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) in 1982, when Andy made a surprised appearance as Andy Taylor.
  • Actors 'Nancy Stafford' (qv) and 'Clarence Gilyard Jr.' (qv) were said to be huge fans of their mentor's first series, _"The Andy Griffith Show" (1960)_ (qv), as little children. Years later, they both auditioned and won the roles alongside him on _"Matlock" (1986)_ (qv), within a couple years of each other. Stafford replaced 'Linda Purl' (qv) in 1987, and Gilyard replaced 'Kene Holliday' (qv) in 1989.
  • Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 195-196. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  • While attending high school, he looked up Ed Mickey, who was a minister at Grace Moravian Church, who was also a brass bandleader, who taught Griffith how to play the trombone.
  • After a fall, he underwent hip surgery. [September 5, 2007].
  • His son died of alcoholism in 1996.


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