Jun. 1st, 1926
Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA
Andy Griffith's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Waitress
2001 - Daddy and Them
1996 - Spy Hard
1957 - A Face in the Crowd
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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.
- Became best friends of 'Don Knotts' (qv) from 1955-2006.
- During a 1959 performance of the Broadway musical "Destry Rides Again", in which Griffith starred opposite 'Dolores Gray' (qv), 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.
- His ex-_"The Andy Griffith Show" (1960)_ (qv), co-star's, 'Ron Howard (I)' (qv)'s mother, 'Jean Speegle Howard' (qv), guest-starred on an episode of Griffith's second long-running show, _"Matlock" (1986)_ (qv), in 1987.
- Was on same stage with 'Elvis Presley' (qv) in _"The Steve Allen Show" (1956)_ (qv).
- Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President 'George W. Bush' (qv) on 9 November 2005. Other recipients were 'Frank Robinson (I)' (qv), 'Muhammad Ali (I)' (qv), Gen. 'Richard Myers (III)' (qv), 'Paul Rusesabagina' (qv), 'Carol Burnett' (qv), 'Aretha Franklin' (qv), 'Vint Cerf' (qv) and his Internet codeveloper Robert Kahn, 'Jack Nicklaus' (qv), Alan Greenspan, and former congressman G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery.
- He recorded some albums of standup comedy, including one titled "Just for Laughs". Among his classic routines is "What It Was, Was Football", about a country bumpkin who witnesses his first football game.
- Graduated from Mount Airy High School in Mount Airy, North Carolina, in 1944.
- At least 5 actors named him as their favorite actor or comedian: 'Jack Dodson' (qv), 'Aneta Corsaut' (qv), 'Betty Lynn' (qv), 'Arlene Golonka' (qv) and 'Don Knotts' (qv), all guest starred with him on _"Matlock" (1986)_ (qv).