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  • Studied ministry as a young man.
  • Became a high-school music teacher after graduating from college.
  • Met Don Knotts in 1955 when they appeared together on Broadway in No Time for Sergeants.
  • Made film debut in 1957 in Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd.
  • Continued performing, along with Dolores Gray, and kept the Broadway audience calm while firemen put out a backstage blaze during a 1959 matinee of Destry Rides Again.
  • Never received an Emmy nomination for The Andy Griffith Show or Matlock.
  • Received the 2005 Presidential Medal of Freedom "for demonstrating the finest qualities of our country and for a lifetime of memorable performances that have brought joy to millions of Americans of all ages."
  • Inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
  • Authored the autobiography I Appreciate It: My Life in 2009. Ron Howard penned the foreword.


  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
  • 1996, Grammy — Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album: Winner
  • 1960, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 1956, Tony — Actor, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 1987, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program: Winner


  • Cindi Knight — Wife
  • Geneva Griffith — Mother
  • Carl Lee Griffith — Father
  • Nancy Griffith — Daughter
  • Barbara Edwards — Ex-wife
  • Dixie Griffith — Daughter
  • Solica Cassuto — Ex-wife
  • Andrew Samuel Griffith Jr. — Son


  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (BA in Music, 1949)

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  • Birth Name: Andrew Samuel Griffith
  • Birth Place: Mount Airy, NC
  • Died: July 3, 2012
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Singer, Writer

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