Andy Griffith

Actor, Comedian, Writer
With his folksy, down-to-earth charm and winning smile, actor Andy Griffith brought a warm sincerity to his most popular roles - small-town Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68) and the crafty ... Read more »
Born: 06/01/1926 in Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (84)

Play the Game 2009 (Movie)

Grandpa Joe (Actor)

Pioneers of Television 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christmas is Here Again 2007 (Movie)

(Voice)

Waitress 2007 (Movie)

Old Joe (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Andy Griffith Show Reunion 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dawson's Creek 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1972 - 1973, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Law 1972 - 1973, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 1972 - 1973, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Andy of Mayberry: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Daddy & Them 2000 (Movie)

OT (Actor)

Don Knotts: Nervous Laughter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ron Howard: Hollywood's Favorite Son 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Roddy McDowall: Hollywood's Best Friend 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Andy Griffith: Hollywood's Homespun Hero 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Ralph Emery: On the Record With Andy Griffith 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy Hard 1996 (Movie)

General Rancor (Actor)

A Phyllis George Special (03/08/95) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Matlock 1986 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Matlock: The Heist 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Matlock: The Scam 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gift of Love 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Matlock: The Legacy 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Matlock: The Vacation 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Andy Griffith Show Reunion 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Celebration of Eddy Arnold 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Salute to Our Troops 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Tennessee Ernie Ford: 50 Golden Years 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Under the Influence 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Rustler's Rhapsody 1985 (Movie)

Colonel Ticonderoga (Actor)

For Lovers Only 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Best of the West 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nashville Palace 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Salvage 1 1978 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Yeagers 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

From Here to Eternity 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Salvage 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Game 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebration: The American Spirit 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Adams of Eagle Lake 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Hearts of the West 1975 (Movie)

Howard Pike (Actor)

Mitzi and a Hundred Guys 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Savages 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Dinah in Search of the Ideal Man 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The NBC Follies 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

City vs. Country 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jud Strunk Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Andy Griffith Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Looking Back 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Angel in My Pocket 1968 (Movie)

Samuel D Whitehead (Actor)

The Andy Griffith Show 1960 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Andy Griffith's Uptown-Downtown Show 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

The United States Steel Hour 1953 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Time Around 1961 (Movie)

Pat Collins (Actor)

The Andy Griffith Show 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

No Time For Sergeants 1958 (Movie)

Will Stockdale (Actor)

Onionhead 1958 (Movie)

Al Woods (Actor)

A Face in the Crowd 1957 (Movie)

Lonesome Rhodes (Actor)

No Time For Sergeants 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

A Holiday Romance (TV Show)

Actor

Centennial (TV Show)

Actor

Crime of Innocence (TV Show)

Actor

Diary of a Perfect Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Fatal Vision (TV Show)

Actor

Frosty's Winter Wonderland (TV Show)

Narrator

Go Ask Alice (TV Show)

Actor

Gramps (TV Show)

Actor

Headmaster (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Coweta County (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Texas (TV Show)

Actor

Pray For the Wildcats (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Mayberry (TV Show)

Actor

Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

Actor

Scattering Dad (TV Show)

Actor

Street Killing (TV Show)

Actor

The Demon Murder Case (TV Show)

Actor

The Girl in the Empty Grave (TV Show)

Actor

The Strangers in 7A (TV Show)

Actor

Winter Kill (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Matlock 1986 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

With his folksy, down-to-earth charm and winning smile, actor Andy Griffith brought a warm sincerity to his most popular roles - small-town Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68) and the crafty southern lawyer Ben Matlock on "Matlock" (NBC/ABC, 1986-1995). Prior to becoming a friendly face in many American living rooms, Griffith was a talented musician with early aspirations to be an opera singer. But instead he rose to fame as a monologist, delivering a parody of the Johnny Ray son "Please Mr. Sun" and the woodsy "What it Was, Was Football" (1953), one of the most popular recorded monologues of all time. Griffith turned to television with "No Time for Sergeants" (1955) - a role he reprised for the 1958 film of the same name - and made his feature debut with a thunderous dramatic performance as a manipulative, power-hungry grifter who becomes a television host in Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd" (1957). He was a regular on "The Steve Allen Show" (1956-1964) before introducing Sheriff Andy Taylor alongside Ron Howard's Opie on the seventh season of "The Danny Thomas Show" (1953-1964). Following several spin-offs of "Andy Griffith" throughout the decades, he reprised his stardom as "Matlock" and made many noted guest appearances well into the new millennium. Meanwhile, over the course of his career, Griffith returned to his first love of music and won a Grammy for a 1997 gospel album. Often exerting strong creative control over his efforts, Griffith brought a sense of realism, charm and honesty to his shows and characters that managed to never stray into caricature, and whose appeal endured for generations of viewers.

Relationships

Solica Cassuto

Wife
Married June 11, 1975 Divorced 1981

Barbara Griffith Other

Wife
Married Aug. 26, 1949 Divorced Oct. 16, 1972

Dixie Griffith

Daughter
Adopted; mother, Barbara Griffith

Nancy Griffith

Daughter

Andrew Griffith

Son
Born Dec. 8, 1957 Adopted; mother, Barbara Griffith Died of alcoholism Jan. 17, 1996

Carl Griffith

Father

Geneva Griffith

Mother

Cyndi Knight Actor

Wife
Married April 12, 1983

EDUCATION

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Milestones

2009

Made final film appearance in the romantic comedy "Play the Game"

2007

Appeared as 'Old Joe,' the diner owner in the indie feature "Waitress"

2001

Landed supporting role in "Daddy and Them," starring Billy Bob Thornton, Laura Dern, and Diane Ladd

2001

Guest starred on The WB's hit teen drama "Dawson's Creek"

1993

Executive produced and hosted the CBS comedy compilation special "The Andy Griffith Show Reunion," which reunited cast members and included clips from the series

1986

Executive produced and reprised Andy Taylor role in the TV-movie "Return to Mayberry" (NBC), the highest rated TV-movie of its season

1986

Played the title role of Benjamin L. Matlock on the courtroom drama series "Matlock" (NBC, 1986-1993; ABC, 1993-95); also co-executive produced

1981

First supporting role on a TV series, the Western comedy "Best of the West" (ABC)

1980

Played Carroll Yeager on the short-lived ABC drama series "The Yeagers"

1979

Starred as Harry Broderick on the ABC adventure series "Salvage 1"

1977

Acted in first TV miniseries, "Washington: Behind Closed Doors" (ABC)

1975

Last leading role in a feature, "Hearts of the West"; took second billing to Jeff Bridges

1975

Starred as Sheriff Sam Adams on the short-lived ABC crime drama series "Adams of Eagle Lake," which was produced by Andy Griffith Enterprises

1974

First TV production of Andy Griffith Enterprises, the TV-movie "Winter Kill" (ABC); also starred

1972

Former production company Andy Griffith Enterprises

1972

TV-movie acting debut, "The Strangers in 7A" (CBS)

1970

Starred as Mayor Andy Sawyer on the CBS sitcom "The New Andy Griffith Show"

1969

Starred as elite private school headmaster Andy Thompson on the CBS comedy-drama series "Headmaster"

1968

First TV writing credit, "Looking Back", a nostalgic look at young people growing up during the 1930s

1968

First TV producing credit, as executive producer of the "The Andy Griffith Show" spin-off "Mayberry R.F.D." (CBS)

1965

Co-hosted his first TV variety special "The Andy Griffith-Don Knotts-Jim Nabors Show"

1960

Starred as folksy sheriff and single father Andy Taylor on the popular CBS sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show"

1959

Returned to Broadway in the lead of the musicalized "Destry Rides Again"; received Tony nomination for Actor in a Musical

1957

Made feature film debut with a leading role in Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd"

1956

Appeared as a regular on the NBC variety series "The Steve Allen Show"

1955

Made Broadway debut in "No Time for Sergeants"; received Tony nomination

1954

Read Mac Hayman's novel <i>No Time for Sergeants</i> and later found out that the Theatre Guild was presenting it as a play on TV, which was bound for Broadway; auditioned and won the role of Will Stockdale, playing it on TV's "U.S. Steel Hour

1954

Made TV debut guesting on an episode of "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS)

1953

Recorded "What It Was Was Football," one of the most popular comedic monologues of all time

Struck out on a career as an entertainer; originally wanted to be a singer, but had more success with a monologue parodying popular Johnny Ray song "Please Mr. Sun"

Taught high school music in Goldsboro, NC for three years after graduating from college

Bonus Trivia

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He was inducted in the TV Hall of Fame, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1992.

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Griffith received the Outstanding TV Personality of the Year award from the Advertising Club of Baltimore in 1968.

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Griffith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2005.

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After a fall, Griffith underwent hip surgery on Sept. 5, 2006, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.

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In April 1983, Griffith was diagnosed with Gillaine-Barre syndrome and could not walk for 7 months. Throughout his battle, he spent his time in a rehabilitation center, fighting for his life, to stop being paralyzed from the knees down.

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On May 9, 2000, just one month before his 74th birthday, Griffith underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery.

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