Andy Griffith

Mostly Credited As: Andy Griffith
Sometimes Credited As: Andy Samuel Griffith

Birth Name: Andrew Samuel Griffith
Date Of Birth: June 01, 1926 (Age 86)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Mount Airy, North Carolina
Date Of Death: July 03, 2012
Cause Of Death: heart attack (Manteo, North Carolina)
Height: 6' (1.82 m)

Andy Griffith

Andrew Samuel 'Andy' Griffith was born to Carl and Geneva Griffith on June 1, 1926 in Mount Airy, North Carolina. He is best known for his role on The Andy Griffth Show where he played Sheriff Andy Taylor, alongside comedian Don Knotts, which aired for 8 seasons. He later went on to play Ben Matlock on Matlock. He's been married three times, and fathered three children, all whom he adopted. In the industry for 50 years, Griffith has earned himself a Grammy award (in 1997), a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (located on 6420 Hollywood Blvd.), and even has a statue in both his hometown of Mount Airy, and in Raleigh- North Carolina's capital city.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Matlock (1986)As: Ben Matlock
The Yeagers (1980)As: Carroll Yeager
Salvage 1 (1979)As: Harry Broderick
Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977)As: Esker Anderson
Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976)As: Narrator -- [Voice]
Adams of Eagle Lake (1975)As: Sheriff Sam Adams
The New Andy Griffith Show (1971)As: Andy Sawyer
The Headmaster (US) (1970)As: Andy Thompson
The Andy Griffith Show (1960)As: Andy Taylor
Episode Cast Credits 

Dawson's Creek (1998) 
  A Winter's Tale 04x14: (Feb/07/2001) As Mr. Brooks' Friend, [Special Guest Stars]

Diagnosis Murder (1993) 
  Murder Two (2) 04x16: (Feb/06/1997) As Ben Matlock 
  Murder Two (1) 04x15: (Jan/30/1997) As Ben Matlock 

Matlock (1986) 
  The Dame 06x06: (Nov/15/1991) As Charlie Matlock 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 
  Show #4422 30x11: (Oct/17/1991) As Himself 
  720806 10x53: (Aug/06/1972) As Himself 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  Hidden Treasure/Picture from the Past/Ace's Salary 09x03: (Oct/12/1985) As Larry Cooper 

Hotel (1983) 
  Illusions 02x21: (May/29/1985) As J. Scott "Scotty" Foreman 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  The Perfect Gentleman/Legend 06x03: (Oct/30/1982) As Unknown 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Ron Howard/The Clash 08x03: (Oct/09/1982) As Andy Taylor/Himself, [Uncredited]

The Sonny & Cher Show (1976) 
  Show 21 02x10: (Nov/28/1976) As Himself 
  Show 11 01x11: (Apr/11/1976) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Donny and Marie (1976) 
  GUESTS: ANDY GRIFITH, BO DIDDLEY 02x07: (Nov/05/1976) As Himself 

The Captain and Tennille (1976) 
  Show #5 01x05: (Oct/18/1976) As Himself 

Easy Does It... Starring Frankie Avalon (1976) 
  Andy Griffith, Annette Funicello 01x01: (Aug/25/1976) As Himself 

Tony Orlando and Dawn (1974) 
  Season 2, Episode 23 02x23: (Mar/10/1976) As Himself 
  Season 1, Episode 14 01x14: (Feb/12/1975) As Himself 

The Bionic Woman (1976) 
  Angel of Mercy 01x03: (Jan/28/1976) As Jack Starkey 

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (1971) 
  Show 52 04x09: (Nov/07/1973) As Himself 
  Show 31 03x12: (Dec/01/1972) As Himself 

Here's Lucy (1968) 
  Lucy and Andy Griffith 06x08: (Oct/29/1973) As Andy Johnson 

The Bobby Darin Show (1973) 
  Arte Johnson / Freda Payne / Bread 01x11: (Apr/13/1973) As Himself 

The Flip Wilson Show (1970) 
  Roscoe Lee Browne, Andy Griffith, Curtis Mayfield 03x16: (Jan/11/1973) As Himself 
  Tim Conway, Andy Griffith, Clara Ward 02x10: (Nov/18/1971) As Himself 

Hawaii Five-O (1968) (1968) 
  I'm a Family Crook -- Don't Shoot! 05x13: (Dec/19/1972) As Arnold Lovejoy 

The Carol Burnett Show (1967) (1967) 
  with Andy Griffith, Helen Reddy 06x03: (Sep/27/1972) As Himself 
  with Andy Griffith, Barbara McNair 05x12: (Dec/08/1971) As Himself 
  with Andy Griffith, Merv Griffin 03x08: (Nov/17/1969) As Himself 

The Mod Squad (1968) 
  Big George 04x24: (Mar/07/1972) As George Carter, [Special Guest Stars]

The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969) 
  Andy Griffith, Paul Lynde, Lucie Arnaz 04x08: (Nov/09/1971) As Himself 
  Andy Griffith, Bobby Vinton, Anne Murray, Shecky Greene 03x22: (Feb/28/1971) As Himself 
  Andy Griffith, Ruth Buzzi, The Supremes 03x05: (Oct/18/1970) As Himself 
  Christmas Show-Andy Griffith, Cher, Paul Lynde 02x13: (Dec/21/1969) As Himself 

This Is Your Life (1971) (1971) 
  Andy Griffith 01x07: (Mar/25/1971) As Himself 

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) 
  Episode #85 04x19: (Jan/25/1971) As Himself 
  Episode #61 03x21: (Feb/09/1970) As Himself 

The Don Knotts Show (1970) 
  Season 1, Episode 8 01x08: (Nov/17/1970) As Himself 

The Jim Nabors Hour (1969) 
  Season 2, Episode 7 02x07: (Oct/29/1970) As Himself 

The Andy Williams Show (1969) (1969) 
  Andy Griffith / Claudine Longet / Osmond Brothers 01x19: (Feb/14/1970) As Himself 

The Dean Martin Show (1965) 
  Andy Griffith / Sammy Davis Jr. / Paul Lynde 05x16: (Jan/15/1970) As Himself 

Mayberry R.F.D. (1968) 
  Andy's Baby 02x01: (Sep/22/1969) As Andy Taylor 
  Youth Takes Over 01x07: (Nov/11/1968) As Andy Taylor 
  Help on the Farm 01x04: (Oct/14/1968) As Andy Taylor 
  Andy and Helen Get Married 01x01: (Sep/23/1968) As Andy Taylor 

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964) 
  Opie Joins the Marines 02x26: (Mar/18/1966) As Sheriff Andy Taylor 

Make Room for Daddy (1953) 
  Danny Meets Andy Griffith 07x20: (Feb/15/1960) As Sheriff Andy Taylor, [Special Guest Stars]

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy 12x34: (May/10/1959) As Himself 
  Omar N. Bradley, Andy Griffith 09x06: (Oct/30/1955) As Himself 
  Andy Griffith / Pat Henning / Betty & Jane Kean / Lew Parker 08x38: (May/29/1955) As Himself 

The Steve Allen Show (1956) 
  Season 4, Episode 23 04x23: (Feb/22/1959) As Himself 
  Season 4, Episode 1 04x01: (Sep/07/1958) As Himself 
  Season 2, Episode 32 02x32: (May/26/1957) As Himself 
  Season 2, Episode 14 02x14: (Dec/30/1956) As Himself 

Kraft Music Hall (1958) 
  Andy Griffith 01x05: (Nov/05/1958) As Himself 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  The Male Animal 02x27: (Mar/13/1958) As Professor Tommy Turner 

The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956) 
  Season 2, Episode 13 02x13: (Jan/19/1958) As Himself 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Mayberry R.F.D. (1968)• Executive Producer

Episode Crew

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
The Prize Boat 04x12 Nov/24/1967 As: Director

He adopted three children- Andrew Jr., Dixie, and Nancy.

He was born on the same exact day as Marilyn Monroe.

Was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome in 1983, but eventually recovered.

His son Andy, Jr. died of alcoholism in 1996 at the age of 39.

Griffith received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005.

In May 2000, he underwent a quadruple heart bypass surgery, and almost died. He recovered after the bypass was successful.

In September 2006, he had hip surgery.

His father Carl was a furniture factory worker, and his mother Geneva was a homemaker.

He was married to his first wife, Barbara Edwards from 1949, until they divorced in 1972. Together, they adopted Andy and Dixie.

Andy was married to his second wife, Solica Cassuto from 1973, until 1981.

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