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Andy Griffith was a famous American actor, singer and writer

InformationDetail
BirthdayJune 1, 1926
Died onJuly 3, 2012
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors
SpousesBarbara Griffith (m. 1949–1972), Cindi Knight (m. 1983–2012), Solica Casuto (m. 1975–1981)
Known asAndy Griffith
Childrens Andy Griffith Jr., Dixie Griffith
Universities
  • Mount Airy High School
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Birth PlaceMount Airy
Political IdeologyDemocratic
ReligionBaptist
GenderMale
FatherCarl Lee Griffith
MotherGeneva
Net Worth$45 million
Sun SignGemini
Born inMount Airy
Famous asActor
Died at Age86

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Who is Andy Griffith?

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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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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

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!

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Andy Griffith awards

YearNameAward

People's Choice Awards

1987Favorite Male Performer in a New TV ProgramWinner

Andy Griffith biography timelines

  • // 1st Jun 1926
    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.
  • // 1944
    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.
  • // 1949
    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.
  • // 20th Aug 1949 To 1972
    He married Barbara Bray Edwards on August 22, 1949 and the couple adopted two children before their divorce in 1972.
  • // 1953
    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.
  • // 1954
    In 1954, he made his television debut when he was invited as a guest on the Ed Sullivan Show.
  • // Mar 1955
    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.
  • // Oct 1955
    He appeared in the theatrical version of the same name on Broadway in October 1955 and Griffith was immensely appreciated for his performance.
  • // 1957
    In 1957, he appeared on television again with the movie ‘A Face in the Crowd’, portraying a vagrant who eventually becomes a TV personality.
  • // 1960 To 1968
    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.
  • // 1972
    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.
  • // 1973 To 1981
    From 1973 to 1981, he was married to the Greek actress, Solica Cassuto.
  • // 1975
    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.
  • // 1981
    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.
  • // 12th Apr 1983
    He got married to Cindi Knight on April 12, 1983 and was with her till his death.
  • // 1987
    He was awarded a People's Choice Award in 1987, for his performance as ‘Ben Matlock’ in the TV drama series ‘Matlock’.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in America.
  • // 2009
    His last film appearance was in the 2009 rom-com ‘Play the Game’ where he played the role of Grandpa Joe.
  • // 3rd Jul 2012
    After a period of ailments and declining health, he passed away due to a cardiac arrest at the age of 86.

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Andy Griffith's FAQ

  • What is Andy Griffith birthday?

    Andy Griffith was born at 1926-06-01

  • When was Andy Griffith died?

    Andy Griffith was died at 2012-07-03

  • Where was Andy Griffith died?

    Andy Griffith was died in Manteo

  • Which age was Andy Griffith died?

    Andy Griffith was died at age 86

  • 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

  • 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

  • How famous is Andy Griffith?

    Andy Griffith is famouse as Actor