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Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith

Age
89
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
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
Team Captain
1
Mitch Folger
1
Andy Taylor
1
Arnold Lovejoy
1
George Carter
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:
  • Andy Taylor, Griffith's character on _"The Andy Griffith Show" (1960)_ (qv), was ranked #8 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
  • 9 May 2000 - Underwent a quadruple bypass.
  • Was on same stage with 'Elvis Presley' (qv) in _"The Steve Allen Show" (1956)_ (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.
  • (1983) Suffered from Guillain-Barre Syndrome and couldn't walk for 7 months.
  • Taught English at Goldsboro High School in Goldsboro, North Carolina for a period of time.
  • Inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 2007.
  • Attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music in 1949. He originally attended school to study to be a Moravian preacher before he changed his major. His social life in college included: President of UNC Men's Glee Club and membership in Alpha Rho Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the US' oldest music fraternity for men.


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