Andy Griffith Biography

Birthday: 1926-06-01
Place of Birth: Mount Airy, North Carolina
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki Biography: Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular television 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" (1948) and "The Steve Allen Plymouth Show" (1956). 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 series was one of the most popular television series in history. It generated some successful spin-offs, and the original is still seen in reruns to this day. Griffith created his own production company in 1972, which produced several movies and television 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 television series "Matlock" (1986). The series spawned numerous television movies as well. When he accepted the People's Choice Award for this series, he said this was his favorite role. Andy Griffith died at age 86 in his home in Dare County, North Carolina on July 3, 2012.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
No Time for Sergeants Pvt. Will Stockdale 1958 Comedy
The Andy Griffith Show Sheriff Andy Taylor 1962 - 1963 Comedy
The Don Rickles Show 1968 Comedy
The New Andy Griffith Show Andy Sawyer 1971 Comedy
Adams of Eagle Lake 1975 Mystery
Frosty's Winter Wonderland Narrator 1976 Animation
Centennial Professor Lewis Vernor 1978 - 1979 Action
Salvage 1 Harry Broderick 1979 Adventure
The Yeagers Carroll Yeager 1980 - 1980
Matlock Benjamin Matlock / ... 1986 - 1995
Pioneers of Television 2008 Documentary
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
A Face in the Crowd Larry 'Lonesome' Rhodes 1957
No Time for Sergeants Pvt. Will Stockdale 1958 0
Onionhead 1958 0
Angel in my Pocket Rev. Samuel D. Whitehead 1969
The Strangers In 7A 1972 Drama, Thriller
Go Ask Alice 1973
Pray for the Wildcats 1974 Thriller
Winter Kill 1974 Mystery, Thriller
Rustlers' Rhapsody Col. Ticonderoga 1985 0, 0
Return to Mayberry Andy Taylor 1986 Comedy, Romance
Spy Hard 1996 Comedy, Action
A Holiday Romance 1999 Drama
Daddy and Them O.T. Montgomery 2002 Comedy, Drama
Waitress Old Joe 2007 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Waitress! Old Joe 2007 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Play the Game 2009 0