Andy Griffith

Born Jun 1, 1926

Andrew Samuel "Andy" Griffith was an American actor, director, producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer. He gained prominence in the starring role in director Elia Kazan's epic film, A Face in the Crowd (1957) before he became better known for his television roles, playing the lead characters in the 1960–68 situation comedy, The Andy Griffith Show, and in the 1986–95 legal drama, Matlock.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Andy Griffith.


1926 Birth Griffith was born on June 1, 1926, in Mount Airy, North Carolina, the only child of Carl Lee Griffith and his wife, Geneva (Nunn). … Read More
1929 3 Years Old In 1929, when Griffith was three, his father began working as a carpenter and purchased a home in Mount Airy's "blue-collar" south side. … Read More


1944 18 Years Old Mickey nurtured Griffith's talent throughout high school until graduation in 1944. … Read More


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He attended the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1949. … Read More
1953 27 Years Old The monologue was released as a single in 1953 on the Colonial Records label, and was a hit for Griffith, reaching number nine on the charts in 1954. … Read More


1956 30 Years Old He did win the 1956 Theatre World Award, however, a prize given for debut roles on Broadway. "Mr. Griffith does not have to condescend to Will Stockdale" (his role in the play), wrote Brooks Atkinson in The New York Times. "All he has to do is walk on the stage and look the audience straight in the face. … Read More
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His only other New York stage appearance was the titular role in the 1957 musical, Destry Rides Again, co-starring Dolores Gray. … Read More
In 1960, Griffith appeared as a county sheriff (who was also a justice of the peace and the editor of the local newspaper) in an episode of Make Room for Daddy, starring Danny Thomas. … Read More


1967 41 Years Old In 1967, Griffith was under contract with CBS to do one more season of the show. … Read More
1968 42 Years Old After leaving his still-popular show in 1968, and starting his own production company (Andy Griffith Enterprises) in 1972, Griffith starred in less-successful television series such as Headmaster (1970), The New Andy Griffith Show (1971), Adams of Eagle Lake (1975), Salvage 1 (1979), and The Yeagers (1980). … Read More
1975 49 Years Old Most of the TV movies in which Griffith starred were also attempts to launch a new series. Winter Kill (1974) launched the short-lived Adams of Eagle Lake, which was canceled in 1975 after only two episodes. … Read More


1977 51 Years Old Two television films for NBC in 1977, The Girl in The Empty Grave and Deadly Game, were attempts for Griffith to launch a new series featuring him as Police Chief Abel Marsh, a more hard-edged version of Andy Taylor; despite strong ratings, both were unsuccessful. … Read More
1983 57 Years Old He and Cindi Knight were married on April 12, 1983; they had met when he was filming Murder in Coweta County. … Read More
1984 58 Years Old He also appeared as an attorney in the NBC miniseries Fatal Vision in 1984, which is considered a precursor to his role in Matlock. … Read More


1995 69 Years Old He further surprised audiences with his role as a dangerous and mysterious grandfather in 1995's TV-movie, Gramps co-starring John Ritter. … Read More
1996 70 Years Old …  His most successful was the 1996 release I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns, which was certified platinum by the RIAA. The album won Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album at the 1997 Grammy Awards. … Read More
2006 80 Years Old William Harold Fenrick of Platteville, Wisconsin, legally changed his name to Andrew Jackson Griffith and ran unsuccessfully for sheriff of Grant County in November 2006. … Read More
2007 81 Years Old On May 4, 2007, US District Court Judge John C. Shabaz ruled that Griffith/Fenrick did not violate federal trademark law because he did not use the Griffith name in a commercial transaction but instead in order "to seek elective office, fundamental First Amendment protected speech." … Read More
In October 2008, Griffith and Howard briefly reprised their Mayberry roles in an online video Ron Howard's Call to Action. … Read More
2010 84 Years Old In July 2010, he also starred in advertisements about Medicare. … Read More
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Griffith died on July 3, 2012, from a heart attack at age 86 at his coastal home in Manteo, Roanoke Island, in Dare County, North Carolina. … Read More
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