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Barbara Griffith (m. 1949–1972)Cindi Knight (m. 1983–2012)Solica Casuto (m. 1975–1981)
Andy Griffith
Andy Griffith Jr.Dixie Griffith
Mount Airy High SchoolUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mount Airy
Democratic
Baptist
Male
Carl Lee Griffith
Geneva
$45 million
Gemini
Mount Airy
86
Manteo
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Who is Andy Griffith?

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Andy Griffith was an actor, television producer, writer and a singer. He was one of the most famous television personalities of the last few decades. ‘The Andy Griffith Show’, which entertained the audiences for nearly eight years, was his most famous show and took him to great heights of success. With a humble beginning as a comedian, Griffith proved his versatility by starring in several roles. His portrayals of villainous characters in several television films received huge appreciation while he was already a star in the field of comedy. As time passed by, he took up more challenging roles and executed them in the best possible manner. A veteran of Broadway, he had come a long way from shackles of poverty to become one of the celebrated individuals of television. His character of ‘Andy Taylor’, the protagonist in the ‘The Andy Griffith Show’, is perhaps his most reminisced role and the highlight of his career. However, Griffith never allowed himself to be typecast and moved ahead to act in movies. He was also a country and gospel singer and even won a Grammy.

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Andy Griffith Childhood & Early Life

Andy was born to Carl Lee Griffith and Geneva who were extremely poor and had to live with their relatives as they did not have a house of their own.

When Andy turned three, his father began working as a carpenter and was eventually able to afford a house for the family.

He was sent to the Mount Airy High School where he was an active performer and played music. His mentor was Ed Mickey, a priest at Grace Moravian Church, who nurtured his skills till his graduation from high school in 1944.

Initially, he studied to be a Moravian preacher but later pursued music and joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from where he received his degree in music in 1949.

Andy Griffith Career

Following his graduation, he joined Goldsboro High School as a music and drama teacher for three years. Later, he set out as a monologist and his monologue ‘What it Was, Was Football’, released in 1953, became very popular.

In 1954, he made his television debut when he was invited as a guest on the Ed Sullivan Show.

He appeared in Ira Levin’s teleplay ‘No Time for Sergeants’ in March 1955. It was an adaptation of the 1954 best-selling novel of the same name by Mac Hyman.

He appeared in the theatrical version of the same name on Broadway in October 1955 and Griffith was immensely appreciated for his performance.

In 1957, he appeared on television again with the movie ‘A Face in the Crowd’, portraying a vagrant who eventually becomes a TV personality.

The year 1960 marked the beginning of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ which was offered to him by channel CBS, after his guest performance in the sitcom ‘Make Room for Daddy’. After an extremely successful stint, he chose to quit ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ in 1968 to begin a career in movies.

In 1972 , he started ‘Andy Griffith Enterprises’, his production company and starred in several television films, such as ‘Go Ask Alice’, ‘The Strangers In 7A’, ‘Winter Kill’ and ‘Pray for the Wildcats’ throughout the 1970s.

He starred in the comedy feature film ‘Hearts of the West’ in 1975 as Howard Pike alias Billy Pueblo. He appeared in several films through the 1990s and in the early 2000s.

His last film appearance was in the 2009 rom-com ‘Play the Game’ where he played the role of Grandpa Joe.

Andy Griffith Major Works

Griffith gained prominence in the film industry with ‘A Face in the Crowd’, which was viewed as ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’ and was, thus, preserved by the National Film Registry of United States, maintained by Library of Congress.

The sitcom ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ made him extremely famous and brought him immense critical and commercial success. The show ran for almost eight years and has been rated as the 9th best show in American television history by the weekly, ‘TV Guide’.

He is also remembered for his role as the criminal defense counsel, Ben Matlock, in the television series ‘Matlock’.

Andy Griffith Awards & Achievements

In 1981, he earned his only Primetime Emmy nomination for the television movie ‘Murder in Texas’ in the ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie’ category.

He was awarded a People's Choice Award in 1987, for his performance as ‘Ben Matlock’ in the TV drama series ‘Matlock’.

In 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in America.

Andy Griffith Personal Life & Legacy

He married Barbara Bray Edwards on August 22, 1949 and the couple adopted two children before their divorce in 1972.

From 1973 to 1981, he was married to the Greek actress, Solica Cassuto.

He got married to Cindi Knight on April 12, 1983 and was with her till his death.

After a period of ailments and declining health, he passed away due to a cardiac arrest at the age of 86.

Andy Griffith Trivia

This famous actor, who was also a television producer, was born to poor parents who could not even afford a crib for him at his birth and therefore, made him sleep in drawers!

Andy Griffith People's Choice Awards

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Andy Griffith awards

  • People's Choice Awards

    • 1987
      Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program
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Andy Griffith biography timelines

  • Andy was born to Carl Lee Griffith and Geneva who were extremely poor and had to live with their relatives as they did not have a house of their own.
    1st Jun 1926
  • He was sent to the Mount Airy High School where he was an active performer and played music. His mentor was Ed Mickey, a priest at Grace Moravian Church, who nurtured his skills till his graduation from high school in 1944.
    1944
  • Initially, he studied to be a Moravian preacher but later pursued music and joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from where he received his degree in music in 1949.
    1949
  • He married Barbara Bray Edwards on August 22, 1949 and the couple adopted two children before their divorce in 1972.
    20th Aug 1949 To 1972
  • Following his graduation, he joined Goldsboro High School as a music and drama teacher for three years. Later, he set out as a monologist and his monologue ‘What it Was, Was Football’, released in 1953, became very popular.
    1953
  • In 1954, he made his television debut when he was invited as a guest on the Ed Sullivan Show.
    1954
  • He appeared in Ira Levin’s teleplay ‘No Time for Sergeants’ in March 1955. It was an adaptation of the 1954 best-selling novel of the same name by Mac Hyman.
    Mar 1955
  • He appeared in the theatrical version of the same name on Broadway in October 1955 and Griffith was immensely appreciated for his performance.
    Oct 1955
  • In 1957, he appeared on television again with the movie ‘A Face in the Crowd’, portraying a vagrant who eventually becomes a TV personality.
    1957
  • The year 1960 marked the beginning of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ which was offered to him by channel CBS, after his guest performance in the sitcom ‘Make Room for Daddy’. After an extremely successful stint, he chose to quit ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ in 1968 to begin a career in movies.
    1960 To 1968
  • In 1972 , he started ‘Andy Griffith Enterprises’, his production company and starred in several television films, such as ‘Go Ask Alice’, ‘The Strangers In 7A’, ‘Winter Kill’ and ‘Pray for the Wildcats’ throughout the 1970s.
    1972
  • From 1973 to 1981, he was married to the Greek actress, Solica Cassuto.
    1973 To 1981
  • He starred in the comedy feature film ‘Hearts of the West’ in 1975 as Howard Pike alias Billy Pueblo. He appeared in several films through the 1990s and in the early 2000s.
    1975
  • In 1981, he earned his only Primetime Emmy nomination for the television movie ‘Murder in Texas’ in the ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie’ category.
    1981
  • He got married to Cindi Knight on April 12, 1983 and was with her till his death.
    12th Apr 1983
  • He was awarded a People's Choice Award in 1987, for his performance as ‘Ben Matlock’ in the TV drama series ‘Matlock’.
    1987
  • In 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in America.
    2005
  • His last film appearance was in the 2009 rom-com ‘Play the Game’ where he played the role of Grandpa Joe.
    2009
  • After a period of ailments and declining health, he passed away due to a cardiac arrest at the age of 86.
    3rd Jul 2012
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Frequently asked questions about Andy Griffith

  • What is Andy Griffith birthday?

    Andy Griffith was born at June 1, 1926

  • Where is Andy Griffith's birth place?

    Andy Griffith was born in Mount Airy

  • What is Andy Griffith nationalities?

    Andy Griffith's nationalities is American

  • Who is Andy Griffith spouses?

    Andy Griffith's spouses is Barbara Griffith (m. 1949–1972), Cindi Knight (m. 1983–2012), Solica Casuto (m. 1975–1981)

  • Who is Andy Griffith childrens?

    Andy Griffith's childrens is Andy Griffith Jr., Dixie Griffith

  • What was Andy Griffith universities?

    Andy Griffith studied at Mount Airy High School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill university

  • What is Andy Griffith's political ideology?

    Andy Griffith's political ideology is Democratic

  • What is Andy Griffith's religion?

    Andy Griffith's religion is Baptist

  • Who is Andy Griffith's father?

    Andy Griffith's father is Carl Lee Griffith

  • Who is Andy Griffith's mother?

    Andy Griffith's mother is Geneva

  • What is Andy Griffith's sun sign?

    Andy Griffith is Gemini

  • When was Andy Griffith died?

    Andy Griffith was died at July 3, 2012

  • Where was Andy Griffith died?

    Andy Griffith was died in Manteo

  • Which age was Andy Griffith died?

    Andy Griffith was died at age 86