Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith

Age
91
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.
The New Andy Griffith Show TV Show
The New Andy Griffith Show
Centennial TV Show
Centennial
Pioneers of Television TV Show
Pioneers of Television
Salvage 1 TV Show
Salvage 1
The Headmaster TV Show
The Headmaster
The Yeagers TV Show
The Yeagers
 

Main Movie Roles

2007 - Waitress
2001 - Daddy and Them
1996 - Spy Hard
1985 - Rustlers' Rhapsody
1957 - A Face in the Crowd

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Ben Matlock
2
Jack Starkey
1
Himself
1
Andy Johnson
1
Himself - Team Captain
1
Mitch Folger
1
George Carter
1
Andy Taylor
1
Arnold Lovejoy
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:
  • Best known by the public for his starring roles as Andy Taylor in _"The Andy Griffith Show" (1960)_ (qv) and the title character in _"Matlock" (1986)_ (qv).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Two children, Andy and Dixie, from his first marriage to 'Barbara Edwards'
  • Before Andy's parents had purchased a house, he lived with relatives. Without a crib or bed, Andy slept in drawers for a few months, just a couple of years after he was born.
  • Graduated from Mount Airy High School in Mount Airy, North Carolina, in 1944.
  • His characters had driven 2 separate Ford automobiles on both of his shows: _"The Andy Griffith Show" (1960)_ (qv) and _"Matlock" (1986)_ (qv).
  • His son died of alcoholism in 1996.


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