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 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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Fans and Celebrities Remember Andy Griffith

Filed under: Andy Griffith - 25 Sep 2012  | Spread the word !

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Andy Griffith, the beloved actor best known for the show of the same name, passed away in July 2012, leaving everyone sad and nostalgic. The actor was 86 years old at the time of his passing. He is survived by his widow, Cindi Knight, and daughter Dixie Nann Griffith. They are not the only ones who mourned Andy’s death, though. Starting with regular fans and ending with the US President Barack Obama, everyone remembered Andy Griffith.


Here is the statement issued by President Obama on the actor’s passing:

Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Andy Griffith this morning. A performer of extraordinary talent, Andy was beloved by generations of fans and revered by entertainers who followed in his footsteps. He brought us characters from Sheriff Andy Taylor to Ben Matlock, and in the process, warmed the hearts of Americans everywhere. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy’s family.

Numerous celebrities have posted their condolences on the networking site Twitter. Here is what some of them wrote:

Ron Howard: “Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I’m forever grateful RIP Andy

Morgan Spurlock: “RIP Andy Griffith, 1 of our most underrated actors, watch him as Lonesome Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd, my fave movie

Ralph Macchio: “Take a moment and whistle ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ theme today – finger snap optional – RIP Andy Griffith.

Slash: “RIP Andy Griffith. The next step after Mr Rogers. U were loved by all

Jeff Daniels: “Growing up, I watched THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW religiously. One of the reasons why I now do what I do. RIP Andy.

Roger Ebert: ““What It Was, Was Football.” The 1953 standup routine that made Andy Griffith a star.

Larry King: “Sad to hear news of Andy Griffith’s death. He was a terrific actor, a great comedian, an endearing person. He lived a long & fruitful life.

Denise Richards: “we lost a legend…RIP Andy Griffith

Octavia Spencer: “RiP Andy Griffith!!! Sadness abounds!!!

Eric Lange: “RIP Andy Griffith. My family spent hours and hours around the TV watching The Andy Griffith Show. Some great memories there. Thank you.

Philip Philips: “Cant believe Andy Griffith passed away today. Loved his show. Prayers go out to the family. Use to watch it all the time with my papa

Hillary Scott: “Heaven gained a talented man today. Mr. Andy Griffith, thanks for giving me amazing memories with my family growing up watching your show!

Rob Thomas: “just found out that ANDY GRIFFITH passed away. an American treasure. if you can, give a little whistle for him today.

Scotty McCreery: “RIP Andy Griffith.. We lost a legend today that provided me and my family some great quality time around the tv filled with some good laughs

Brad Paisley: “RIP Andy Griffith.. We lost a legend today that provided me and my family some great quality time around the tv filled with some good laughs


Several other celebrities and public figures have expressed their condolences by means of Twitter. If so many celebrities took the time to do so, you can imagine the number of fans Andy Griffith had. As you can see in the tweets, everyone speaks highly of Griffith and his beloved show. He truly managed to leave a mark in people’s lives. 

Fans loved Andy Griffith so much that many of them honored his memory by making videos of the actor, like the one you can see below. In the video you will be able to see numerous pictures of Andy Griffith and to listen to “How Great Thou Art“. 

Rest in peace, Andy Griffith, you will never be forgotten!

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Things You Should Know About Andy Griffith Acting Career

Filed under: Andy Griffith - 10 Jun 2012  | Spread the word !

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Andy Griffith is a famous American actor, well known for his roles in popular television series. Andy was born on June 1, 1926, in Mount Airy, North Carolina, United States. He made his acting debut in 1949, even though he rose to preeminence only in 1957, when his successful movie A Face in the Crowd was out. Starting with the 1960s, Andy was cast in The Andy Griffith Show. In 1986, the actor starred in Matlock, another very successful acting project for the star. It surely seems that even though Andy began his acting career as a comedian, he soon showed that he has the ability to act in an impressive manner and achieve great stage performances.

The star made his first television appearance in 1955, when he was cast in No Time for Sergeants. He actually made two appearances in this series and both of his performances received great reviews. In the 1960s, the actor was cast in Make Room for Daddy and since once again he managed to make a great impression, there is no wonder that the actor received a starring role in The Andy Griffith Show. The series aired for no less than 8 years, between 1960 and 1968. The show was a huge hit since the moment it first aired, so there is no wonder after all that Andy became a popular star. In 1967, the actor made the public announcement that he was going to end his part on the show. He decided to quit with the main purpose to pursue a movie career and focus on other projects he already was developing. Still, in 1970 he made a comeback in television and starred in shows such as Headmaster, The New Andy Griffith Show, Adams of Eagle Lake, but also Salvage 1 and The Yeagers. In the 1980s, he starred in the drama Matlock.

Throughout his long running acting career, Andy Griffith has been cast in numerous other television series and movies. Some of the most important ones include the Playhouse 90, Gomer Pyle, The Mod Squad, Hawaii Five-O, but also The Doris Day Show, Bionic Woman and Fantasy Island. Some of his most notable appearances in movies include Savages, Murder in Texas, Murder in Coweta County, but also From Here to Eternity, Roots: The Next Generations, Centennial and Winter Kill. Some of the most recent movies starring the actor are Play the Game, released in 2008, and Waitress, movie launched in 2007.

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Andy Griffith Childhood And Life

Filed under: Andy Griffith - 03 May 2012  | Spread the word !

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Andy Griffith is one of the most important American actors, but his career was more complex. Apart from being an actor, Andy Griffith was also a writer, a producer and a director, as well as a singer. Andy Griffith is a very gifted man who was very successful throughout his life. He was born June 1, 1926 in Mount Airy, North Carolina, United States of America. His childhood was very difficult as he had to live with his relatives. His parents were too poor to afford a home of their own. Under these circumstances, Andy Griffith had to sleep in drawers for a longer time.

Later, when his father had a better job, Andy Griffith moved with his parents in a home of their own. Even since he was a child, Andy Griffith listened to music and liked it very much. He inherited the passion for music from his mother and a great sense of humour from his father. These two elements would help Andy Griffith in his career and life. Andy Griffith graduated Mount Airy High School where he became very passionate about everything related to arts. While he was studying there, Andy Griffith enrolled in a drama school, but he also liked music very much, especially swing.

Andy Griffith was Baptist and was taught to play the trombone by Ed Mickey, who was a minister at Grace Moravian Church. Later, Andy Griffith graduated the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor of music degree. He was also an English teacher at Goldsboro High School in Goldsboro, North Carolina. At the same time, he began to write. Griffith was a monologist and acted in several films and TV series such as A Face In The Crowd, Matlock, Go Ask Alice, Winter Kill, Hearts of the West and many others. In 2005, Andy Griffith was awarded an important distinction named the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush. He has a major contribution to American culture and film industry.

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The Early Life and Education of Andy Griffith

Filed under: Andy Griffith - 04 Apr 2012  | Spread the word !

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Andy Griffith is one of the veterans of the entertainment industry. This American actor, director, producer, singer, and writer was born on June 1, 1926, in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Andy Griffith is mostly known for his starring roles in the popular TV series The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. Despite him constantly being in the limelight, little is known by his fans about his early life and education. Especially for them, here is some information on Andy Griffith prior to becoming an international star. As I mentioned, Andy Griffith was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, to Geneva and Carl Lee Griffith. He is an only child.

Andy Griffith did not have it easy growing up. His parents could not afford to purchase a home of their own, so Andy Griffith lived with relatives at a very young age. For a few months, he even slept in drawers, as his relatives did not have a crib nor a bed to accommodate him. When Andy Griffith was 3, his father started to work as a carpenter and therefore he was able to get a home in the “blue-collar” side of Mount Airy. Even though they were poor, they were a happy family. Andy Griffith grew up listening to music, just like his mother. His father had a great sense of humor, which he instilled from old family stories. When entering school, Andy Griffith was very shy and self-conscious. However, he found a way to make his colleagues laugh and therefore he came out of his shell.

Andy Griffith attended Mount Airy High School, where he developed an interest in the arts. He was even part of the school’s drama program. His interest in music kept on growing, as well, since the minister Ed Mickey taught him how to sing and play the trombone. After graduating from high school, Andy Griffith enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and planned on becoming a Moravian preacher. However, he changed his major to music and graduated in 1949, with a bachelor of music degree. Soon after college, Andy Griffith became an English professor at Goldsboro High School in Goldsboro, North Carolina, where he also began to write.

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