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Andy Griffith first started his career as a monologist. He gave us such stories as What it Was, Was Football. This was the story of a backwoodsman trying to figure out what was going on in a game of football. The single was released in 1953 and the monologue was a big success for Andy, it reached the number nine position on the United States of America charts in 1954.

Andy Griffith then went on to star in a one hour teleplay of No Time for Sergeants in March 1955. This was the story of a country boy in the United States of America Air Force. Andy went on to star in The United States Steel Hour, a television anthology series. He was able to expand that role in a theatrical version on Broadway in New York. Andy was also in the 1957 musical Destry Rides Again, which ran on Broadway for more than a year.

Andy made a film version of No Time for Sergeants in 1958. The film also featured comedian Don Knotts. This was the beginning of a lifelong association between the two comedians. No Time for Sergeants has been directly linked as the inspiration for the famous American situation comedy Gomer Pyle USMC.

A Face in the Crowd was a film that Andy starred in during 1957. He played a manipulative and power hungry country boy, a drifter who then becomes a television host and uses his show to gain political power. This now classic movie is a powerful showcase of Andy Griffith’s talents as a dramatic actor and as a singer. Andy co-starred with Walter Matthau and Lee Remick in her film debut. It is believed that this film became far more popular and respected in more recent times than when it was originally released.

Andy Griffith had small roles on television before taking on The Andy Griffith Show in 1960. The Andy Griffith Show ran from 1960 to 1968. Andy played the role of Sheriff Andy Taylor on the CBS television network on his show. The show took place in the fictional town of Mayberry supposedly in the state of North Carolina. The character of Sheriff Andy Taylor was a widower and the towns’ wise man. From 1960 to 1965 Don Knotts played the role of Deputy Barney Fife, the best friend and partner of the Sheriff. Fife was also the cousin to Andy Taylor on the show. Ron Howard played Andy Taylors only child Opie Taylor. The show was a huge success. Don Knotts won multiple Emmy Awards for his comedic performances. Andy Griffith also worked on every script for the series; he was never awarded a nomination for any of his work on the show. In 1967 Andy decided to quit the show, even though it still had one more year’s contract to CBS. The show continued as Mayberry RFD. Ken Berry played a widowed farmer and many of the regular characters returned either as regulars and some as guests. Andy stayed on as executive producer, coming in to review scripts and give comedic input. He also guest starred in five episodes including the pilot where his character marries. Andy made a final appearance as Andy Taylor in the reunion television film Return to Mayberry. He also appeared in two reunion specials in 1993 and in 2003.

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Andy Griffith In Play the Game

Filed under: Career - 08 Jul 2013  | Spread the word !

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Play the Game is a popular romantic comedy film. The film stars Andy Griffith, Paul Campbell, but also Liz Sheridan, Marla Sokoloff and Doris Roberts. Play the Game was written and directed by Marc Fienberg. Actually, this was the last movie in which Andy Griffith starred, before his death in July 3, 2012.

Play the Game is an appreciated comedy which tells the story of a young ladies’s man. David is a guy who can easily get any lady he wants. Still, he is trying to win over Julie, who he says to be the woman of his dreams. While David is on his way to conquer Julie, his Grandfather learns how to get back out there, in the dating game. Soon, the Grandpa will become a Don Juan in the retirement community.

By the end of the movie you will see that roles change and Grandpa is the one who has to teach David how to win back the love of his life. On the way, both David and Joe, his grandfather, will find love. The story is great and the action is really interesting. The role of Grandpa Joe is naturally played by Andy Griffith, who achieved a great performance. With this part, the actor once again proved that he can achieve great performances in all kind of movies.

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Andy Griffith: A Face in the Crowd

Filed under: Career - 12 Jun 2013  | Spread the word !

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A Face in the Crowd is one of the most famous movies in which Andy Griffith has ever starred. The movie was released in 1957. Cast included Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick and Anthony Franciosa, too. A Face in the Crowd was directed by Elia Kazan.

Andy Griffith’s performance is this movie is absolutely impressive. He plays the role of Larry Rhodes, who is plucked out of jail. He is set to sing on a radio show, impressing with his voice, but also with his personal charm. Larry seems to be so talented that he actually lands on the stage of a television show.

Larry becomes so popular and has so many fans that soon he receives his own show in New York City. However, success and popularity cannot last for the new star, as it seems impossible for him to stay away of scandals. At a certain point in the movie a woman will actually claim to be his legal wife, even though Larry seem to be unaware of that.

By the end of the movie, Larry Rhodes will return to jail. The movie is quite interesting and Andy’s role is amazing. Actually, this story has real-life inspirations. It seems that Larry Rhodes character has actually been inspired by radio star Arthur Godfrey, who achieved fame in the 1940s.

A Face in the Crowd was well received by critics and fans. The movie is still popular, even though there have passed more than 50 years since the moment when it was first released.

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The Life Of Andy Griffith

Filed under: Andy Griffith - 09 May 2013  | Spread the word !

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Andy Griffith will always remain one of the best and most appreciated actors in the world. Well known for his numerous projects, Andy Griffith left behind a legacy that cannot be forgotten. Below you can read a series of interesting facts about Andy Griffith, his career and his life.


  • The star’s full name is Andrew Samuel Griffith.
  • He was born in June 1, 1926, in Mount Airy, North California.
  • The star made his acting debut with a role in The Ed Sullivan Show. The show aired in 1954.
  • Andy Griffith began his career in Hollywood with a dramatic role. Back then he starred in A Face in the Crowd, movie which has surely made him a star.
  • His first award nomination came in 1956 when Andy was nominated for a Tony Award for Supporting Actor thanks to his amazing role in No Time for Sergeants.
  • His second Tony Award nomination came in 1959, this time Andy receiving a nomination for Best Actor for his role in Destry Rides Again.
  • In 1972 Andy Griffith decided to launch his own production company, Andy Griffith Enterprises.
  • In 1987, Andy won the People’s Choice Award for his role in Matlock.
  • Even though he starred in two of the most successful shows in the history of television, Andy Griffith has never won an Emmy. He received no Emmy nominations for his amazing work in The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock.
  • One of the longest and most appreciated roles in his career surely is the part in The Andy Griffith Show. The series aired between 1960 and 1968 during which Andy Griffith interpreted the role of Sheriff Andy Taylor. The show is based in the star’s hometown.
  • The last TV role Andy Griffith had was in a teen soap. He starred in Dawson’s Creek back in 2001.
  • Andy Griffith also is one of the most popular children’s authors in the world. His books have millions of fans.
  • Some of his publications include titles such as Christmas Guest, Bound for the Promised Land and Andy Griffith: I Love to Tell the Story, among many others.
  • The actor has been married third times. His first wife was Barbara Edwards. The two wedded in 1949, but divorced in 1972. In 1973 Andy married Solica Cassuto, but this marriage also ended in divorce about 8 years later, in 1971. His last wife is Cindi Griffith, whom he married in 1983. The couple remained together until the death of the famous actor.
  • Andy had two children, Andrew Samuel Jr. and Divie Nan. They were both adopted by the actor with Barbara Edwards.
  • Health problems began for Andy Griffith in 1983, when the star was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome. He was partially paralyzed, but he managed to recover after therapy.
  • In 2000, Andy Griffith suffered a heart attack. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery, but fortunately for the star he managed to survive this serious health issue, too.
  • In 2005, Andy received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition for his amazingly successful career.
  • The next year, Andy had to sue a man who changed his name to Andy Griffith. This took place just before the man run for sheriff, a position he did not win.
  • In 2010, The Andy Griffith Show Museum opened in Mount Airy, in North Carolina.


It is well known that throughout the years Andy has starred in a wide range of movies. Some of the most famous ones include No Time for Sergeants, The Second Time Around, Strangers in 7A, Winter Kill, Washington: Behind Closed Doors, The Girl in the Empty Grave, Murder in Texas, For Lovers Only, Crime of Innocence, The Demon Murder Case, Matlock: The Vacation, The Gift of Love, but also Daddy and Them, Waitress, Christmas is Here Again and Play the Game. Naturally, there are numerous other movies in which Andy was cast during his long running acting career. He remains an important example of talent and hard work, in all his movies Andy Griffith achieving impressive performances.

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Andy Griffith’s Widow to Demolish Late Actor’s Home

Filed under: Andy Griffith,Personal Life - 29 Apr 2013  | Spread the word !

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Cindy Griffith, the widow of late actor Andy Griffith, has recently obtained a permit to demolish the house where he lived for many years on the North Carolina waterfront. This decision has upset many of the actor’s friends and fans, who had hoped the house would be preserved as a museum or Graceland-type estate.


As if being shamefully forgotten by the In Memoriam segment during the Oscars wasn’t enough, Andy Griffith’s widow intends to raze the house he bought in the 50s less than one year after the actor passed away.

Griffith’s wife obtained the demolition permit in March, according to Dare County records. County officials and friends confirmed that the permit is to raze a smaller house along the Roanoke Sound that the actor bought in the 1950s, not the larger house that he and Cindi built nearby several years ago.


William Ivey Long, the Tony Award-winning costume designer whose parents were friends with Andy Griffith and his first wife, Barbara, said the actor told him in 2007 that he wanted to preserve the older home as a museum. The two talked about this option when Long held an exhibit of his costumes at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington.

We compared notes. I had to fit mine into an existing museum. I told him, if you’re doing yours, you can make it however you want it”, said Long in a phone interview from his studio in New York City.

Griffith, who died last July, wanted the museum to include items from his TV shows, along with memorabilia from his music career, added Long. He also said that the two didn’t discuss whether it would compete with the Andy Griffith Museum in the actor’s hometown of Mount Airy.


Cindy Griffith didn’t return messages after this news went public. Her late husband’s will doesn’t mention a museum or the property. The will – dated May 3, 2012, two months before Andy passed away – turns over most of his property and estate to the trustee of a trust, whose records aren’t public. The attorney for the will refused to comment on the subject.

The demolition contractor, Calvin Gibbs, also didn’t return a call. It wasn’t clear whether the demolition had begun or not, though.

Della Basnight of Manteo, whose family was friends with Griffith since she was a child, said she understood that Cindi Griffith had the right to do whatever she wanted with the property. However, regarding the demolition, Basnight said: “When he gave her the power to do anything, I don’t think he thought she would want to do that“.


She also said that Andy Griffith bought the house the first time he had any real money and raised his two children there. “I had really sort of always thought it would be secured. I always thought it would remain”, said Basnight.

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WFMY to Move The Andy Griffith Show

Filed under: Andy Griffith - 04 Apr 2013  | Spread the word !

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WFMY CBS-2 has recently announced that The Andy Griffith Show will be moved from its longtime home at 5:30 pm. This decision has upset many fans of the late actor the the gang in the TV show.


On March 25, the station announced on Facebook that staring April 25, the 5:30 pm broadcasts of the sitcom will be moved to show 2 Wants to Know, a new half-hour, local news, consumer advice program. By March 27, close to 200 comments had been posted by viewers, the majority of them protesting the decision.

WFMY will continue to show reruns of The Andy Griffith Show at 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm. However, many of the sitcom’s fans complained that they had grown accustomed to watching it when they got home from work and were preparing dinner, as they said in their comments.

The series has been on WFMY since it first started airing in the 1960s and has gained numerous fans of all ages throughout the years. It has been in the 5:30 timeslot in reruns for much of that time, proof that people still enjoy watching Andy, Barney and the gang nowadays.

More details about the 2 Wants to Know program will be made public closer to the premiere date. After shamefully being left out the “In Memoriam” section at the Oscars, now this? No wonder fans of the late actor are so upset.

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Andy Griffith – Shamefully Forgotten at the Oscars

Filed under: Andy Griffith - 19 Mar 2013  | Spread the word !

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Oscar night was a great night for Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, and Daniel Day-Lewis, who each went home with a trophy. For viewers, though, Oscar night was a mixed bag. Besides the ceremony being long and uneven, the awards show was puzzling in many respects.

One of the blunders that left the Dolby Theater mesmerized was the fact that the prestigious actor Andy Griffith was left out of the “In Memoriam” segment. While it us true that Griffith, who died in July 2012, is best known for his TV roles, the actor also starred in feature films, such as Waitress, Hearts of the West, Rustlers Rhapsody, and many others.


It is hard to imagine how the Oscar cast neglected to mention the late great actor among the stars who died in the past year. One may say that it is typical of Oscar’s short memory that the evening’s organizers apparently forgot that Andy was actually a first-tier movie star who made the move the television, playing Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show, starting in 1960.

However, Andy Griffith is not the only one who has been conveniently left off. Larry Hagman, who starred in movies including Nixon, Fail-Safe, and Primary Colors didn’t make the cut either. Nor did Conrad Bain, Phyllis Diller and Sherman Hemsley. Fans of Whitney Houston need not complain, though, as the singer/actress who died just weeks before the 2012 Oscars did not miss from last year’s “In Memoriam” segment.


Even though Andy Griffith received little love from the Oscars, as the producers decided to leave him off the list of actors honored in the yearly obituary reel, the actor is still loved in other parts of the country. For instance, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland decided to cancel its prime-time lineup on Thursday night.


Instead, they put on a two-hour episode of Mr. Griffith’s show Matlock, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The president and general manager of the station, Brooke Spectorsky, said: “We thought it would be a nice tribute”.

Good for you, Cleveland! Shame on you, Oscars!

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Andy Griffith – Last Movie Roles

Filed under: Andy Griffith - 21 Dec 2012  | Spread the word !

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Andy Griffith was a popular American actor, television producer and also singer. The star was born in June 1926. Unfortunately, Andy Griffith passed away in July, 2012. Throughout the years, the famous actor has been cast in numerous movies. He managed to achieve impressive stage performances, regardless of the roles he had to interpret.

Below you can find a list of the last movies in which Andy Griffith has starred. These movies were released in 2007 and 2008.

1. Play the Game

Play the Game actually is a romantic comedy. This is the last role of famous actor Andy Griffith. Play the Game was released in 2009. The movie stars Andy Griffith, Paul Campbell, Liz Sheridan, Doris Roberts and Marla Sokoloff. This movie was written and directed by Marc Fienberg. Play the Game tells the story of a ladies’ man, David, who decides to teach his grandfather how to date once again. As imagined, the comedy is absolutely great.

2. Christmas Is Here Again

Christmas Is Here Again is a 2007 animated Christmas film. The movie is directed by Robert Zappia. It stars Edward Asner, Brad Garrett, Andy Griffith, as well as Norm Macdonald and Madison Davenport. As this is an animated film, fans will actually be able to only hear the voices of the aforementioned famous actors. Andy Griffith will voice one of the main characters of Christmas Is Here.

3. Waitress

Waitress is another American movie released in 2007. The movie is directed by Adrienne Shelly, being produced by Todd King and Jeff Rose. Waitress stars Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith and Adrienne Shelly. Waitress was quite an impressive success. The movie had a budget of about $2 million and grossed more than $22.1 million worldwide. In this movie, Andy Griffith played the role of Joe, a local business owner.

If you are an Andy Griffith fan, watching all the aforementioned movies is a choice you just have to make. These are successful movies that will offer you a unique perspective on the last roles of famous actor Andy Griffith.

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Andy Griffith – Best Movies

Filed under: Career - 16 Nov 2012  | Spread the word !

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Andy Griffith is without a doubt one of the best actors in Hollywood. Throughout the years the actor has been cast in numerous movies, impressing with all his great roles. Below you can find a list of some of the best movies in which Andy Griffith has starred until today. The list only includes films and not television series, as well.

1. A Face in the Crowd

A Face in the Crowd is a successful movie released in 1957. The movie stars Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, as well as Walter Matthau. A Face in the Crowd was directed by Eliza Kazan. The movie is based on a short story, Your Arkansas Traveler. Even though Andy Griffith achieved quite an impressive performance in this movie, A Face in the Crowd received mixed reviews. Still, the movie launched Andy’s acting career, making him a worldwide known and appreciated star.

2. Daddy and Them

Daddy and Them is a movie released in 2001. The movie is directed by Billy Bob Thornton. It stars Billy Bob Thornton, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd and Kelly Preston. In this movie Andy Griffith plays the role of OT Montgomery. Numerous famous actors have starred in this movie, including Ben Affleck and Jamie Lee Curtis. Daddy and Them was a modest success, but Andy’s performance was quite appreciated.

3. Play the Game

Play the Game is a romantic comedy released in 2009. It stars Andy Griffith, Paul Campbell, Liz Sheridan, Doris Roberts, but also Marla Sokoloff. Play the Game was directed by Marc Fienberg. It is an amazingly important movie in Andy Griffith’s career, as this actually is the last film released by the famous actor. Play the Game is a movie which tells the story of David, a ladies’ man who decides to teach his grandfather how to date once again. The comedy is really great.

4. Waitress

Waitress is a movie released in 2007. The American film is directed by Adrienne Shelly and stars Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto and Andy Griffith. In this movie Andy plays the role of Joe. The story is quite interesting and complicated.

5. Hearts of the West

Hearts of the West is a movie released in 1975. The comedy film is directed by Howard Zieff and it stars Jeff Bridges, Andy Griffith, Donald Pleasence and Blythe Danner. Even though by the time of its release this movie has not been quite a huge success, in time it became more popular. Andy’s role is absolutely spectacular in this movie, so you just have to watch it.

Naturally, besides the aforementioned movies there are numerous other great Andy Griffith appearances. Andy Griffith was one of the best actors in the world and his work will always remain appreciated.

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Andy Griffith – Memorable Roles

Filed under: Career - 09 Nov 2012  | Spread the word !

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Andy Griffith is one of the most famous and appreciated actors in the world. The star was born in June, 1926. He unfortunately passed away in July, 2012. Andy Griffith began his career in the early 1950s. His first roles were in television, nothing major. His breakthrough came in 1960, when Andy was given his own show, The Andy Griffith Show.

Best known for his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor, Andy Griffith has actually starred in numerous movies and television series. Below you can find a list of some of the most memorable roles of Andy Griffith.

1. The Andy Griffith Show

The Andy Griffith Show first began airing in 1960, on CBS. The television series aired for no less than 8 seasons, until 1968. It included 249 episodes. Andy Griffith was the star of the show. Cast also included Ronny Howard, Don Knotts and Frances Bavier. The role of Sheriff Andy Taylor is without a doubt, Andy Griffith’s most memorable role.

2. A Face in the Crowd

A Face in the Crowd is the first movie to star Andy Griffith. The movie was released in 1957. Cast also included Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau. The movie was directed by Elia Kazan. The story is focused on Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes’ life, whose role is played by Andy Griffith. The character will seek celebrity and will achieve great fame and influence on national television.

3. Matlock

Matlock is a popular television series which first began airing in 1986. Matlock aired for no less than 9 seasons, including 194 episodes. The television legal drama stars Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal defense attorney Ben Matlock. This surely is a memorable role of Andy, which actually served as an executive producer for the show, too. Andy Griffith declared that this role has been his all-time favorite.

4. Play the Game

Play the Game is one of the latest successful movies in which Andy Griffith starred. The romantic comedy film was released in 2009. It stars Andy Griffith, Paul Campbell, Liz Sheridan and Doris Roberts. The movie is directed by Marc Fienberg. In this movie, Andy plays the role of Grandpa Joe.

5. Salvage 1

Salvage 1 is a science fiction series that first aired in 1979. The series aired for only 16 episodes. It is directed by Mike Lloyd Ross and it stars Andy Griffith, Joel Higgins, Tish Stewart and Richard Jaeckel.

Obviously, these are just few of the most important roles Andy Griffith interpreted throughout the years. There are numerous other successful movies and television series in which the actor starred. Some of the most important ones include Daddy and Them, Waitress, Christmas is Here Again and Hearts of the West.

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Andy Griffith Commercials

Filed under: Andy Griffith - 18 Oct 2012  | Spread the word !

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Andy Griffith died at 86 about 7 a.m. at his home. His death was caused by a heart attack. Griffith’s career was amazing and spanned more than a half-century on stage, including film and television. Nonetheless, he will always be best known as Sheriff Andy Taylor after one of this most important roles.

A lot of people and celebrities reacted to his death. He was appreciated for entertaining the world, improving lives, for his talents, but also for his personality. Andy Griffith was one of those artists that entered the living rooms of many generations, being very charming and nice, something that it’s very rare today.

Ron Howard, a famous American film director, producer and writer said that Andy Griffith was one of his three “TV dads” between 1960 and 1980. Howard said: “And over and over, Andy’s sensibilities proved to be working. Mostly it defined my point of view that popular entertainment didn’t need to look and sound and feel like other shows to have enduring impact on viewers. In fact, watching and learning from Andy lead me to understand that while risky, there were in fact great rewards in offering audiences something new and different…especially if it came from a place of creative integrity and respect for the audience.”

Ron Howard is grateful for the fact that he met Andy Griffith and learned a lot of great and useful things that changed his perspective and life. Numerous individuals, from ordinary people to Barack Obama, expressed their appreciation for Andy Griffith. Aside from movies, TV shows, Andy Griffith became popular also for appearing in different commercials such as:

  • Andy Griffith commercial for his 1996 Christian music album

  • 1978 Cracker Commercial

  • Post Oat Flakes Commercial 

  • 1977 Ritz Cracker Commercial

  • Lost Colony Commercial in the late 1970s

Even if America’s Favorite Sheriff died, he will always represent two core values: compassion and justice and will remain a legendary television actor.

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