Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith

TV Actor

Andy Samuel Griffith was an American actor, comedian, television producer, southern gospel singer and writer whose career spanned seven decades in music and television.

Full Name
Jun 1, 1926
Jul 3, 2012
6′ 0″
Net Worth


Andy Samuel Griffith was born on June 1, 1926, in Mount Airy, North Carolina. His zodiac sign is Gemini and he is of English descent. He was the oldest of his three siblings, and his parents were Carl Lee Griffith and Geneva Nunn. At the age of four, Griffith started to take music lessons from his aunt and developed a love for singing during this time. He attended Mount Airy High School and then went on to earn degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina School of Law. 

Griffith began his career as an actor in 1953 when he played a recurring role in "The United States Steel Hour". In 1957, he got his big break with the lead part in "No Time for Sergeants", which later became a hit film starring him. He went on to make several more films such as "A Face in the Crowd" (1957) and "Angel in My Pocket" (1969). During this period, he also starred in the long-running TV show "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-1968). Following that series' success, he starred in "Matlock" (1986-1995), which became one of the longest running shows on television. Throughout his career, he received numerous awards including two Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe nominations. 

After retiring from acting in 2000 due to health issues, Griffith passed away at the age of 86 on July 3rd 2012 from cardiac arrest due to underlying coronary artery disease.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1926</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Andy Griffith is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On June 1, 1926, Andy Griffith was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1953</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Broadway Debut</h3><p id="" class "timeline-text">Griffith makes his Broadway debut in the play “No Time For Sergeants.”</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1960</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">The Andy Griffith Show Premiers</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">The Andy Griffith Show premiers on CBS, starring Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1965</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Grammy Award Win</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Wins a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children with his album, “The Andy Griffith Show Theme Song.”</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1986</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Matlock Debuts</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Griffith stars as Ben Matlock in the television series “Matlock.”</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2002</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Returns to Broadway</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Returns to Broadway after nearly 50 years to star in the play “On Golden Pond.”</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2012</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Passing of Andy Griffith</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Andy Griffith passes away at the age of 86 on July 3, 2012.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's a Great Role Model</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Andy Griffith was a great role model for generations. He portrayed the beloved character of Sheriff Andy Taylor in the television series "The Andy Griffith Show" and was an inspiration to many with his portrayal of a wise and caring father figure.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's a Great Actor</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Andy Griffith was a great actor and comedian. His performances in films such as "A Face in the Crowd" and "No Time for Sergeants" were critically acclaimed, and he won several awards throughout his career, including five Emmy Awards. </p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He Was Fun Loving</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Andy Griffith was known for his easy going nature, sense of humor, and love of life. He was always seen smiling and could easily lighten up any room or conversation with his wit and charm. </p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First Breakthrough Role</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Andy Griffith's first breakthrough role was in the Broadway play "No Time for Sergeants" in 1955, which he reprised in the 1958 film adaptation.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Multi-Talented Entertainer</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Andy Griffith was a multi-talented entertainer, singing and playing the guitar, banjo, violin and harmonica.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> His Own TV Show</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1960, Andy Griffith starred in his own show, "The Andy Griffith Show", which was an instant hit and ran for eight seasons.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2005, Andy Griffith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, by President George W. Bush.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Appeared in a Music Video</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2012, Andy Griffith appeared in country music star Brad Paisley's "Waitin' on a Woman" music video.</p></div>


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