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Biography

Andrew Samuel Griffith was created on June 1, 1926 in Support Airy, NEW YORK. Andy Griffith was an professional most widely known for the ’60s humor show which was called after him. He went to the School of NEW YORK where he examined to be always a preacher, but turned his passions to pursue theatre and music. Along with his Southern drawl, Griffith very easily landed roles needing a Southerner, and he starred within the 1955 Broadway creation of VIRTUALLY NO TIME for Sergeants. His most acclaimed film part is at 1957’s A Encounter in the Masses. He produced his proceed to tv in 1960 using the Andy Griffith Display, which also starred Don Knotts and kid acting professional Ron Howard, who continue to fame like a movie director as a grown-up. The show went until 1968 and spun off a sequel entitled Mayberry R.F.D. In the past due ’80s, Griffith starred in an effective program entitled Matlock, where he played an attorney. Griffith’s documenting career had not been almost as celebrated as his performing, yet he do record several albums and singles (furthermore to humor information and soundtracks from his tv shows). He previously one charting solitary in 1955, “MAKE YOUR SELF Comfy,” on Capitol Information, which reached quantity 26 within the U.S. Griffith came back to the documenting studio within the ’90s to record several popular spiritual and seasonal albums. He passed away at his house on Roanoke Isle in NEW YORK on July 3, 2012. He was 86 yrs . old.

Quick Facts


Full Name Andy Griffith
Died July 3, 2012, Manteo, North Carolina, United States
Height 1.83 m
Profession Teacher, Comedian, Singer, Voice Actor, Screenwriter, Television producer
Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nationality American
Spouse Cindi Knight, Solica Casuto, Barbara Griffith
Children Andy Griffith Jr., Dixie Griffith
Parents Carl Lee Griffith, Geneva Nunn Griffith
Awards Country Music Association Award for Music Video of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album, TV Land Legend Award, People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a New TV Series, TV Land Single Dad of the Year Award
Music Songs The Fishin Hole, What It Was, Was Football, The Crawdad Song, Flop Eared Mule, Mama Guitar, When I Can Read My Title Clear, The Discovery Of America, The Midnight Special, Conversation With A Mule, Does Jesus Care / His Eye Is on the Sparrow, Just as I Am / Jesus, I Come / I Need Thee Every Hour, The Preacher and the Bear, Aunt Bee, The Andy Griffith Theme, Just A Little Talk With Jesus, There's Power in the Blood / Down at the Cross, I'll Fly Away, Somebody Bigger Than You and I, Opera Carmen, The Church in the Wildwood, Andy And Cleopatra, Precious Memories, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Sourwood Mountain, The Old Rugged Cross, How Great Thou Art, Beautiful Isle / Beulah Land / The Unclouded Day, Free Man in the Morning, The New River Train, Love Poems: "To The Lovely Juanita Beasley", Wayfaring Stranger, When They Ring The Golden Bells
Albums I Love To Tell The Story - 25 Timeless Hymns, Shouts the Blues and Old-Timey Songs, Just For Laughs, The Christmas Guest, Just as I Am: 30 Favorite Old Time Hymns, Love To Tell Story-25 Hymns, Bound for The Promised Land, Andy Sings Old Time Favorites, Andy And Cleopatra, Forever Andy Griffith, The Remarkable Andy Griffith, Golden Greats - Andy Griffith, Just As I Am, Past Masters, Vol. 5 - Andy Griffith, Somebody Bigger Than You And I, Melody Maker - Andy Griffith, The Outstanding Andy Griffith, Precious Memories, Truly Andy Griffith, Just Andy Griffith, This Here, Un homme dans la foule (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Mono Version) [feat. Bob Bain et son orchestre], The Sensational Andy Griffith, The Genius of Andy Griffith, Destry Rides Again, Musique de la bande sonore du Film d'Elia Kazan: Un homme dans la foule (Mono Version), What It Is, Is Andy Griffith, Absolutely the Best, Avon Project, Vintage Rock No. 43 - EP: A Face In The Crowd, I Will Always Love Andy Griffith, Themes And Laughs From The Andy Griffith Show, Mamma Guitar
Nominations Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, TCA Career Achievement Award
Movies A Face in the Crowd, Return to Mayberry, Waitress, Spy Hard, Play the Game, Hearts of the West, No Time for Sergeants, Onionhead, Rustlers' Rhapsody, Angel in My Pocket, Murder in Texas, Winter Kill, The Second Time Around, Go Ask Alice, Christmas Is Here Again, Daddy and Them, The Girl in the Empty Grave, Gramps, Savages, A Holiday Romance, Frosty's Winter Wonderland, The Very First Noel, The Strangers in 7A, Deadly Game, Scattering Dad, Murder in Coweta County, Pray for the Wildcats, The Demon Murder Case, Crime of Innocence, Under the Influence, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Matlock: The Informer, Matlock: The Suspect, Matlock: The Don, Street Killing, Matlock: The Witness Killings, Matlock: The Power Brokers, Matlock: The Investigation, Salvage II: Hardwater, The Gift of Love, Matlock: The Legacy, For Lovers Only, From Here to Eternity, Matlock: The Vacation, Matlock: The Billionaire, Matlock: The Haunted, Matlock: The Picture, Matlock: The Trial, Matlock: The Secret, Matlock: The Hunting Party, Matlock: The Heist
TV Shows The Andy Griffith Show, The New Andy Griffith Show, Headmaster, Washington: Behind Closed Doors, Centennial, Roots: The Next Generations, Salvage 1, Matlock, Adams of Eagle Lake, Fatal Vision, The Yeagers


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#Fact
1 According to Cindi Knight, she called 911 for her husband, because he was very sick. His widow heard that Griffith was vomiting, who was also found unconscious, who was also slumped over and wasn't responding to anything. He'd been ill, for 1 night, who also got outside and inside his wheelchair, and stopped breathing. The ambulance rushed over to his house, and got to Griffith, until the paramedics were unsuccessful in reviving him.
2 He was the surrogate grandfather to all of Ron Howard's 4 children: daughter Bryce Dallas Howard, twins Jocelyn Carlyle and Paige Howard, and son Reed Cross Howard.
3 Taught his Matlock (1986) co-star, Clarence Gilyard Jr. how to be very funny, and being a straightman to him.
4 He suggested to his Matlock (1986) co-star, Clarence Gilyard Jr., to live in North Carolina, for the show's seventh season on ABC, after production would no longer filmed in Los Angeles, for NBC, fortunately for Gilyard, he did, for over a year.
5 Was very preventive with the scripts on Matlock (1986).
6 Was involved in every writing of the script of both of his series: The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Matlock (1986).
7 Born on the same date as Marilyn Monroe.
8 In 1962, Griffith was one of the actors to have ruled the ranks of other sitcom male lead stars, such as Danny Thomas, John Forsythe, Alan Young, Robert Young, Fred MacMurray, Buddy Ebsen and Ernest Borgnine.
9 Like his best friends Don Knotts and Dick Van Dyke, Griffith was known to be a very private man.
10 Retired and living in Manteo, North Carolina. [January 2003]
11 Released Christmas CD of songs/stories. [2003]
12 Had suggested Ron Howard to write some scenes for The Andy Griffith Show (1960).
13 Was a spokesperson for the PSA Tree Farmers in the 1970s.
14 While working in New York, doing a play 'Destry Rides Again,' Griffith was approached by Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard, for their first choice as the lead role of Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show (1960), as a spin-off of Thomas's Make Room for Daddy (1953), he accepted the role.
15 After starring in 2 unsuccessful series Headmaster (1970) and The New Andy Griffith Show (1971), he returned to working in nightclubs.
16 After his relocation to Manteo, Roanoke Island, North Carolina, he met his third and final wife, Cindi Knight, in the play 'The Lost Colony.'.
17 He suggested Dean Hargrove and Fred Silverman film a two-part episode in his real-life hometown of Manteo, North Carolina, for the beginning of the fourth season of Matlock (1986).
18 After Brandon Tartikoff saw him in Fatal Vision (1984), he called Dean Hargrove and Fred Silverman to suggest hiring Griffith for the lead role in Matlock (1986), which was his comeback to television after 18 years.
19 Was a staunch Democrat.
20 Survived by his wife, Cindi Knight, of 29 years and 1 daughter.
21 Played the guitar on both series: The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Matlock (1986).
22 He purchased his first trombone at age 15.
23 An only child.
24 He commuted from his coastal home in North Carolina to Los Angeles every weekend for the first 6 years while starring in Matlock (1986) on NBC.
25 Before he was a successful actor, he used to sweep the schools, where he got paid $6 a month.
26 Relocated to Manteo, Roanoke Island, North Carolina, from 1983 to 2012.
27 Acting mentor and friends of Ron Howard, Kene Holiday, Nancy Stafford, Clarence Gilyard Jr. and Daniel Roebuck.
28 Was the only actor to appear in all 249 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show (1960).
29 Played the same character, Andy Taylor, five times on four different shows and one movie: Make Room for Daddy (1953), The Andy Griffith Show (1960), Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964), Mayberry R.F.D. (1968) and Return to Mayberry (1986).
30 Before he was a successful actor, he worked at various nightclubs in New York City, playing music and doing acting.
31 His comedy record, "What it was, Was Football", sold more than 900,000 copies in 1953.
32 Met Dick Van Dyke in 1954, in New York City. They become friends for over 55 years.
33 His parents, Geneva Nunn and Carl Lee Griffith, were married in late 1918, just shortly after World War I. The couple had Andy 8 years later.
34 His mother, Geneva Nunn Griffith, was a housewife and caregiver, and his father, Carl Lee Griffith, was a carpenter.
35 His first wife Barbara Griffith was a dancer, a singer and soprano.
36 Was the only actor to appear in all 195 episodes of Matlock (1986).
37 Had auditioned for and won the leading role of 'The Carolina Playmakers,' while attending college.
38 Met R.G. Armstrong and future wife Barbara Griffith in the play, 'The Carolina Playmakers', at the University of N. Carolina-Chapel Hill, in 1945.
39 His decision to end Matlock (1986), in 1995, was because he wanted to spend more time with his family. He would reprise his role one more time, with Dick Van Dyke, in a 2 part episode of Diagnosis Murder (1993) in 1997.
40 Childhood friend of Emmett Forrest.
41 At Mt. Airy High School, he fell in love with performing arts and participated in school plays.
42 His hobbies included golfing, fishing, playing guitar, politics, boat rowing, singing, Bible and reading.
43 After his role on Play the Game (2009), he retired from acting at age 83.
44 Began writing when he was age 15.
45 Andy Griffith passed away on July 3, 2012. Just 24 days after his death, his longtime colleague, actor R.G. Armstrong, passed away. They were best friends for over 65 years.
46 Was always involved with every detail of the script of both shows: The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Matlock (1986).
47 His mother introduced him to playing the guitar.
48 Andy Griffith died on July 3, 2012, at age 86, and just 5 days before Ernest Borgnine, who died at age 95.
49 Within five hours of his death, he was buried in the Griffith Family Cemetery on the island of Manteo, North Carolina.
50 An old friend Dick Van Dyke guest-starred on the debut pilot episode of Matlock (1986). Years later, Van Dyke reunited with Griffith on Diagnosis Murder (1993), where Griffith kept his role as Ben Matlock.
51 He played the same character (Sheriff, Andy Taylor) on four different series: Make Room for Daddy (1953), The Andy Griffith Show (1960), Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) and Mayberry R.F.D. (1968).
52 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6148 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
53 Andy Griffith and George Lindsey, a co-star from The Andy Griffith Show (1960), died less than 2 months apart. Lindsey's life-loss was in May 2012 and Griffith's life-loss was in July 2012.
54 Unlike Lucille Ball and Jackie Gleason, Griffith disliked the idea of using a studio audience for his own sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show (1960), because he felt it would give him and his co-stars pressure to deliver their one-liners, so the series was filmed almost like a movie allowing for the actors to have quiet scenes and for the fictional town of Mayberry to feel like a real place.
55 Andy recorded a speaking role in Brad Paisley's song, "Waitin' on a Woman", about a old man imparting romantic advice to Brad. Griffith played the role for an accompanying music video.
56 Griffith's album, "I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns" won the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album.
57 In 2010, he appeared in a series of TV commercials advocating for the Health Care Reform bill proposed by President Barack Obama. The commercials were withdrawn after Griffith received hundreds of death threats from opponents of the bill.
58 Friends with: Shirley Jones, Danny Thomas, Don Knotts, Dick Van Dyke, and brother Jerry Van Dyke, Bill Bixby, Gavin MacLeod, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, David Carradine, Dick Van Patten and wife Pat Van Patten and sister Joyce Van Patten, Rance Howard, Jack Dodson, Dabbs Greer, Betty Lynn, Aneta Corsaut, Mitchell Laurance, Arlene Golonka, R.G. Armstrong, Hal Smith, Ken Berry, George Lindsey, Denver Pyle, Jim Nabors, Fred Silverman, Dean Hargrove, Sheldon Leonard, Aaron Spelling, Roddy McDowall, Angie Dickinson, Mickey Rooney, William Schallert, Walter Matthau, James Drury, James Best and Patricia Neal.
59 Remained good friends with Clarence Gilyard Jr. and Daniel Roebuck throughout Matlock (1986), before the creation and after it was canceled.
60 Remained good friends with Ron Howard during and after The Andy Griffith Show (1960).
61 Has a long association with ex-The Andy Griffith Show (1960) co-star, Ron Howard, before and after the show's cancellation. Howard guest-starred on an episode of Griffith's short-lived series, Headmaster (1970) in 1970, and he hosted Saturday Night Live (1975) in 1982, when Andy made a surprised appearance as Andy Taylor.
62 On the longer-running and more popular The Andy Griffith Show (1960), Ron Howard co-starred as his son, "Opie Taylor". Ron Howard's biological mother, Jean Speegle Howard, guest-starred in one episode, Matlock: The Doctors (1987), of Griffith's second long-running show, Matlock (1986), in 1987.
63 At least five actors and actresses named him as their favorite actor or comedian: Jack Dodson, Aneta Corsaut, Betty Lynn, Arlene Golonka and Don Knotts, all guest-starred with him on Matlock (1986).
64 Inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 2007.
65 After a fall, he underwent successful hip surgery, on Wednesday, September 5th, 2007.
66 His decision to end The Andy Griffith Show (1960), in 1968, led him to a contract with Universal Studios, where he pursued a movie career.
67 His characters had driven 2 separate Ford automobiles on both of his series: The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Matlock (1986).
68 Graduated from Mount Airy High School in Mount Airy, North Carolina in 1944.
69 Before becoming an actor, he was a comedian and a singer.
70 While attending high school, he looked up Ed Mickey, who was a minister at Grace Moravian Church, who was also a musical band leader, in the brass instruments, Ed Mickey taught Andy Griffith how to play the trombone, successfully.
71 Before Andy's parents had purchased a house, he lived with relatives. Without a crib or bed, Andy slept in drawers for a few months, just a couple of years after he was born.
72 Taught English at Goldsboro High School in Goldsboro, North Carolina for a period of time.
73 Was idolized by: Nancy Stafford, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Daniel Roebuck, Randolph Mantooth, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer.
74 He and Don Knotts were best friends from 1955 to Friday, February 24, 2006, when Don Knotts lost his life.
75 Best known by the public for his starring roles as Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and the title character in Matlock (1986).
76 The town of Mayberry on "The Andy Griffith Show" is based upon Andy Griffith's hometown Mount Airy, North Carolina. By the same token, the characters on the show will commonly mention the "sister city" of Mount Pilot. Mount Pilot does exist, but its true name is Pilot Mountain, and has the same basic geographical positioning to Mount Airy as Mayberry does to Mount Pilot. The towns in both reality and the series are about 15 miles apart. Both towns (in both universes) are north of Winston-Salem, North Carolina near the North Carolina and Virginia state borders.
77 Was on same stage with Elvis Presley in The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1956). It was Steve Allen's second show, after Allen piloted his debut, with more popular celebrities, Bob Hope, and others were in the debut and pilot, the previous week, and Allen's show skyrocketed in popularity.
78 Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush on Tuesday November 9th, 2005. Other recipients were Frank Robinson, Muhammad Ali, General Richard Myers, Paul Rusesabagina, Carol Burnett, Aretha Franklin, Vint Cerf and his Internet co-developer Robert Kahn, Jack Nicklaus, Alan Greenspan, and former congressman Gillespie "Sonny" Montgomery.
79 During a 1959 performance of the Broadway musical "Destry Rides Again", in which Griffith starred opposite Dolores Gray, a small fire broke out backstage at the Imperial Theater. Although it was put out within a few minutes time, without causing any major damage, just enough smoke drifted toward the stage that there could have been a panic had not Griffith and Gray continued on with the scene as though nothing was happening. For their bravery, they were rewarded by the audience that night with a standing ovation and by the New York City Fire Comissioner with citations for heroism.
80 Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1956, as Best Supporting of Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "No Time for Sergeants," and in 1960 as Best Actor (Musical) for "Destry Rides Again."
81 Andy Griffith's longest and most popular character role of Andy Taylor, on The Andy Griffith Show (1960), was ranked at number 8 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time", in Sunday, June 20th, 2004's issue.
82 Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 195-196. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
83 He recorded some albums of standup comedy, including one titled "Just for Laughs". Among his classic routines is "What It Was, Was Football", about a country bumpkin who witnesses his first football game.
84 Attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music in 1949. He originally attended school to study to be a Moravian preacher before he changed his major. His social life in college included: President of UNC Men's Glee Club and membership in Alpha Rho Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the US' oldest music fraternity for men.
85 He was the Tuesday night host for CBS Radio's "Sears Mystery Theater" (1979). He was still Tuesday's host when it became "The Mutual Radio Theater" on Mutual Radio (1980).
86 On May 9, 2000, he successfully underwent a quadruple bypass surgery.
87 In 1987, when he accepted the People's Choice Award, he said he was happy it was for Matlock (1986). He said that Matlock (1986) was his favorite character to date.
88 His two children, Andy Griffith Jr. and Dixie Griffith, were from his first of three wives, Barbara Griffith, as they decided to be parents, by adoption.
89 His son, Andy Griffith Jr., died of alcoholism, in 1996.
90 Suffered from Guillain-Barre Syndrome and couldn't walk for 7 months. [1983]


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Playhouse 90 1958 TV Series Prof. Tommy Turner
The United States Steel Hour 1955-1958 TV Series Harry Emsen / Will Stockdale
A Face in the Crowd 1957 Larry 'Lonesome' Rhodes
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957 TV Series Comedian-Report To The Nation
Play the Game 2009 Grandpa Joe
Ron Howard's Call to Action 2008 Video short Andy Taylor
Christmas Is Here Again 2007 Video Santa Claus (voice)
Waitress 2007 Old Joe
The Very First Noel 2006 Video short Melchoir (voice)
Daddy and Them 2001 O.T. Montgomery
Dawson's Creek 2001 TV Series Mr. Brooks' Friend
Family Law 2001 TV Series Colin Sawyer
A Holiday Romance 1999 TV Movie Jake Peterson
Scattering Dad 1998 TV Movie Hiram
What It Was Was Football 1997 Short Narrator (uncredited)
Diagnosis Murder 1997 TV Series Ben Matlock
Close Combat: A Bridge Too Far 1997 Video Game British (voice)
Spy Hard 1996 General Rancor
Gramps 1995 TV Movie Jack MacGruder
Matlock 1986-1995 TV Series Ben Matlock / Charlie Matlock
The Gift of Love 1994 TV Movie Phil Doucet
Under the Influence 1986 TV Movie Noah Talbot
Return to Mayberry 1986 TV Movie Andy Taylor
Crime of Innocence 1985 TV Movie Judge Julius Sullivan
The Love Boat 1985 TV Series Larry Cooper
Hotel 1985 TV Series J. Scott 'Scotty' Foreman
Rustlers' Rhapsody 1985 Colonel Ticonderoga
Fatal Vision 1984 TV Mini-Series Victor Worheide
The Demon Murder Case 1983 TV Movie Guy Harris
Murder in Coweta County 1983 TV Movie John Wallace
Fantasy Island 1982 TV Series Judge Roy Bean
For Lovers Only 1982 TV Movie Vernon Bliss
Saturday Night Live 1982 TV Series Andy Taylor
Best of the West 1981 TV Series Lamont Devereaux
Murder in Texas 1981 TV Movie Ash Robinson
The Yeagers 1980 TV Series Carroll Yeager
Roots: The Next Generations 1979 TV Mini-Series Commander Robert Munroe
Centennial 1978-1979 TV Mini-Series Professor Lewis Vernor
From Here to Eternity 1979 TV Mini-Series Gen. Barney Slater
Salvage 1 1979 TV Series Harry Broderick
Deadly Game 1977 TV Movie Police Chief Abel Marsh
The Girl in the Empty Grave 1977 TV Movie Police Chief Abel Marsh
Washington: Behind Closed Doors 1977 TV Mini-Series Esker Scott Anderson
Frosty's Winter Wonderland 1976 TV Short Narrator (voice)
Six Characters in Search of an Author 1976 TV Movie The Father
Street Killing 1976 TV Movie Gus Brenner
The Bionic Woman 1976 TV Series Jack Starkey
Hearts of the West 1975 Howard Pike
Adams of Eagle Lake 1975 TV Series Sheriff Sam Adams
Savages 1974 TV Movie Horton Madec
Winter Kill 1974 TV Movie Sheriff Sam McNeill
Pray for the Wildcats 1974 TV Movie Sam Farragut
Here's Lucy 1973 TV Series Andy Johnson
Go Ask Alice 1973 TV Movie Priest
The Doris Day Show 1973 TV Series Mitch Folger
Hawaii Five-O 1972 TV Series Arnold Lovejoy
The Strangers in 7A 1972 TV Movie Artie Sawyer
Mod Squad 1972 TV Series George Carter
The New Andy Griffith Show 1971 TV Series Andy Sawyer
Headmaster 1970 TV Series Andy Thompson
Mayberry R.F.D. 1968-1969 TV Series Andy Taylor
Angel in My Pocket 1969 Reverend Samuel D. Whitehead
The Andy Griffith Show 1960-1968 TV Series Andy Taylor
Gomer Pyle: USMC 1966-1968 TV Series Andy Taylor
General Foods Opening Night 1963 TV Movie
The Second Time Around 1961 Pat Collins
Make Room for Daddy 1960 TV Series Andy Taylor
Onionhead 1958 Alvin 'Al' Woods aka Onionhead
No Time for Sergeants 1958 Pvt. Will Stockdale

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Andy Griffith Show Reunion: Back to Mayberry 2003 TV Special documentary executive producer
Matlock 1991-1995 TV Series executive producer - 69 episodes
Andy Griffith Show Reunion 1993 TV Special producer
Return to Mayberry 1986 TV Movie executive producer
Mayberry R.F.D. 1968-1971 TV Series executive producer - 78 episodes

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Matlock TV Series consultant - 57 episodes, 1986 - 1989 executive story supervisor - 54 episodes, 1989 - 1991

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Christmas Is Here Again 2007 Video performer: "All Because of Me"
Contact 1997 performer: "The Fishin' Hole" - uncredited
Matlock 1987-1995 TV Series performer - 14 episodes
Frosty's Winter Wonderland 1976 TV Short performer: "Winter Wonderland"
The Andy Griffith Show 1960-1965 TV Series performer - 14 episodes
The Milton Berle Show 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Face in the Crowd 1957 performer: "Free Man in the Morning" 1957, "Just Plain Folks" 1957, "Old Fashioned Marriage" 1957, "Mama Guitar" 1957 - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
What It Was Was Football 1997 Short written by
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken 1966 uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 TV Special in memory of
Can't Stop the Rock 2007 Video special thanks
Jeff Foxworthy's Comedy Classics 2000 Video documentary acknowledgment: footage & photos courtesy of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2008 TV Series Himself
Pioneers of Television 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Sheriff Andy Taylor
CMT: The Greatest - 20 Greatest Country Comedy Shows 2006 TV Special Himself
Larry King Live 2003-2006 TV Series Himself
American Revolutions: Country Comedy 2005 TV Special Himself
Facing the Past 2005 Video documentary short Himself
TV Land Landmarks: Breaking the Mold 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
TV Land's Top Ten 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
All Access Pass: The TV Land Awards 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Andy Griffith Show Reunion: Back to Mayberry 2003 TV Special documentary Himself / Andy Taylor
CBS at 75 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
Inside TV Land: Cops on Camera 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Here's Hal: Hal Riddle 2001 Documentary short Alvin 'Al' Woods
Jeff Foxworthy's Comedy Classics 2000 Video documentary Himself
Inside TV Land: The Andy Griffith Show 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Biography 1999-2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Today 1996 TV Series Himself
Crook & Chase 1996 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1995 TV Series Himself
Andy Griffith Show Reunion 1993 TV Special Himself
All-Star Salute to Our Troops 1991 TV Movie Himself
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 TV Special documentary Himself - Co-Presenter: Favourite New Television Comedy
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Winner: Favourite Male Performer in New Television Show
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1970-1986 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1985 TV Series Himself
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1982 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1981 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special
The Nashville Palace 1980 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1975-1979 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 1979 TV Series Himself
CBS: On the Air 1978 TV Mini-Series documentary
The Mike Douglas Show 1972-1977 TV Series Himself - Actor
The Sonny and Cher Show 1976 TV Series Himself / Various Characters
Donny and Marie 1976 TV Series Himself
The Captain and Tennille 1976 TV Series Himself
Easy Does It... Starring Frankie Avalon 1976 TV Series Himself
The Rich Little Show 1976 TV Series Himself
Tony Orlando and Dawn 1976 TV Series Himself
Celebration: The American Spirit 1976 TV Movie Himself
Mitzi and a Hundred Guys 1975 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
NBC Follies 1973 TV Series Himself
Dinah Shore: In Search of the Ideal Man 1973 TV Special Himself
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1972-1973 TV Series Himself / Various Characters
The Bobby Darin Show 1973 TV Series Himself
Flip 1971-1973 TV Series Himself
Stand Up and Cheer 1972 TV Series Himself
The Carol Burnett Show 1969-1972 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Jud Strunk Show 1972 TV Movie Himself
The Ken Berry 'Wow' Show 1972 TV Series Himself / Cameo
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1971 TV Series Himself
Laugh-In 1971 TV Series Himself
The Don Knotts Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Jim Nabors Hour 1969-1970 TV Series Himself
Don Knotts' Nice Clean, Decent, Wholesome Hour 1970 TV Movie Himself - Performer
The Andy Williams Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1968-1970 TV Series Himself
Allen Ludden's Gallery 1969 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Himself
The Don Rickles Show 1969 TV Series Himself
Rowan & Martin at the Movies 1968 Documentary short Himself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Special 1968 TV Movie Himself
Good Morning, World 1967 TV Series Himself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Special 1967 TV Movie Himself
The Don Knotts Special 1967 TV Special Himself - Comedian
The Match Game 1967 TV Series Himself - Team Captain
What's My Line? 1958-1967 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
The Danny Kaye Show 1964-1966 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Talent Scouts 1966 TV Series Himself
The Andy Griffith-Don Knotts-Jim Nabors Show 1965 TV Movie Himself
Danny Thomas Special: Friends 1965 TV Special Himself
The Andy Williams Show 1963-1964 TV Series Himself
The Bob Hope Show 1963 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1962 TV Series Himself
I've Got a Secret 1959-1962 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Andy Williams Special 1962 TV Special Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1958-1962 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
CBS Fall Preview Special: Seven Wonderful Nights 1961 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1954-1960 TV Series Himself / Destry in a scene from 'Destry Rides Again'
The Garry Moore Show 1959-1960 TV Series Himself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1959 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams 1959 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1956-1959 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself / Himself - Guest Performer
The Milton Berle Show 1958 TV Series Himself - Guest
Club Oasis 1958 TV Series Himself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Polly Bergen Show 1957 TV Series Himself
Person to Person 1957 TV Series documentary Himself
The Linkletter Show 1957 TV Series Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1954 TV Series Himself - Comedian

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Andy Taylor
Birth of the Living Dead 2013 Documentary Himself
The 67th Annual Tony Awards 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself - Actor (In Memoriam)
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Special Memorial Tribute
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Andy Taylor
The Definitive Elvis: The Television Years 2002 Video documentary
Elvis Presley: His Early Performances 2002 Video documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Siskel & Ebert 1994 TV Series Himself - Comedian: 'What It Was, Was Football'

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Life Achievement Award (Performer)
2004 Legend Award TV Land Awards The Andy Griffith Show (1960) · Don Knotts
· Jim Nabors
· George Lindsey
· Elinor Donahue
· Betty Lynn
· Howard Morris
· Maggie Mancuso
· Harvey Bullock (writer)
· Earle Hagen (composer)
· Aaron Ruben (producer)
2003 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Single Dad of the Year The Andy Griffith Show (1960)
2000 OFTA TV Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Actors and Actresses
1987 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program
1976 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television Awarded on April 21, 1976 at 6418 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 Career Achievement Award Television Critics Association Awards
2008 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Supporting Actor Waitress (2007)
1981 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special Murder in Texas (1981)


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#Quote
1 People started saying that Mayberry was based on Mount Airy. It sure sounds like it, doesn't it?
2 It's the damnedest thing I ever heard of. There are books of all kinds, trading cards, videotapes of the shows. Fan clubs? Oh, there's several of them. They have conventions and things. I can't go; I'm working. But a lot of the others from the old show. But I just can't, while I'm doing this show I can't [find the time to] do anything else.
3 [In 1991]: I can't tell you how surprised I was - until my wife admitted she had torn out the page of the article that had included me. I deserve worst dressed - both as Andy Griffith and as the character I play. Away from the set, I only wear Levi's jeans and Lands' End shirts and tennis shoes. And for six seasons on 'Matlock,' I've been wearing the same rumpled gray suit.
4 Hell, I'm just not comfortable with it. But isn't this one beautiful piece?
5 [In 1989]: I always wanted to bring a show here. I thought it would be good for the town and good for the company.
6 [on comparison his sociable sheriff role to his sociable lawyer role]: I'm not going to retire. I cannot live without comedy. I write a lot on 'Matlock,' too, and I put a lot of comedy in it. Sometimes the writers make Matlock is a very bright man, but he's vain.
7 [on working off-camera on- the set of _"Matlock" (1986)]: I do my best in the mornings. I've also asked to put the grueling courtroom scenes at the end of the week's filming, so that I have time to learn all the lines. They have, all but twice - and those two times were nightmares. Learning lines in front of the crew is one of the most difficult things you can do.
8 [In 1986]: There ain't no way you're going to do an hour show every week and go home to Mayberry.
9 [In comparing himself to one of his characters]: I am from a little town in North Carolina. I have chosen to keep one foot in that life and my other foot in this life and I've had success with that. This man does the same thing. He is from a little community outside of Atlanta, and he has chosen to keep one foot in that life and the other foot in this life. So far as his being a country lawyer, he's the kind of guy that will let you believe anything you choose to believe as long as it works in his corner.
10 [In 1987]: They saw me as more of a personality than an actor, and I didn't get much work.
11 [In 1996]: I'll be 70 on June 1. I don't want to make a living - I mean, I do. I really don't have to. But I want to work for my mind and my spirit. I know how to do a couple of things, and I can sing a little, and I can act, and I can write a little, so I wanna try that.
12 If you think and feel what you're supposed to think and feel, hard enough, it'll come out through your eyes - and the camera will see it.
13 [on being released from Universal Studios - while being typecast as Andy Taylor]: I wanted to prove that I could play something else, but there were 249 episodes out there of 'Mayberry,' and it was aired every day. It was hard to escape.
14 [on filming a 2-part Matlock (1986) episode in his hometown]: During all the years of the old Griffith show I tried to talk them into filming something in North Carolina, but they said, 'Why? They already think you're in North Carolina anyway.'
15 [When he used a televangelist as his model]: I did an impression of Oral Roberts, and near the end, I took Elia Kazan's head in my hands, and I healed him, I walked out of that restaurant with the part.
16 I still play that guitar. It's a Martin D-18 with a clear pick guard. I've played that guitar on and off my TV shows for nearly 50 years.
17 I was baptized alongside my mother when I was 8 years old. Since then, I have tried to walk a Christian life, ... And now that I'm getting older, I realized that I'm walking even closer with my God.
18 [For making Chapel Hill, which is where he went to college, proud of him]: I am proud of my connections to Carolina and pleased to know that some results from a lifetime of work on television, film, stage and recordings will have a permanent home in Chapel Hill.
19 [How he valued Don Knotts as an actor/best friend]: I loved Don. There was no one like him.
20 [on his off-camera relationship with Frances Bavier, who played Aunt Bee] There was just something about me she did not like.

#Trademark
1 Frequently wore gray suits or blazers on Matlock (1986).
2 Gruff, gregarious voice
3 Both of his characters have driven 2 separate Ford automobiles: on The Andy Griffith Show (1960), he drove a Ford Galaxie and on Matlock (1986), he drove a Ford Crown Victoria.
4 Slow, Southern drawl
5 Often recounts classic stories and histories with a folksy point of view. These include: Romeo and Juliet, Cleopatra, and Christopher Colombus discovering America
6 Most all of his characters have a folksy, friendly personality
7 Commonly plays the accoustic guitar and sings folk or gospel songs

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