Andy Griffith

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Andrew Samuel Griffith
  • Birth Place: Mount Airy, NC
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/01/1926, Gemini
  • Date of Death: 07/03/2012
  • Profession: Actor; producer; singer; writer
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Andy Griffith Fast Facts:
  • 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.
  • Andy Griffith Relationships:
  • Cindi Knight - Wife
  • Geneva Griffith - Mother
  • Andrew Samuel Griffith Jr. - Son
  • Nancy Griffith - Daughter
  • Carl Lee Griffith - Father
  • Barbara Edwards - Ex-wife
  • Dixie Griffith - Daughter
  • Solica Cassuto - Ex-wife
  • Andy Griffith Awards:
  • 1956 Tony: Actor, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic) - Nominee
  • 1996 Grammy: Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album - Winner
  • 1960 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Nominee
  • 1987 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program - Winner
  • 1981 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special - Nominee
  • College:
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (BA in Music, 1949)

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