Andy Griffith is one of the most renown personalities of the movie industry. He is best known to us for the hit TV series The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, in which he starred for a very long time. Born on June 1, 1926, in Mount Airy, North Carolina, Andy Griffith had a long running and successful career. While his professional life was always on the spotlight, there are still many things that people do not know about the international icon Andy Griffith. Especially for his fans, here are some interesting facts about this wonderful actor.
One of them is that Andy Griffith has two children, but they are both adopted. Unfortunately, troubles did not make his life easy. In 1996, his son, Andy Griffith Jr., died of alcoholism. This sad event left an unhealed pain in the heart of Andy Griffith. And speaking of his heart, you should also know that Andy Griffith had some serious medical problems. In 2000, he underwent a quadruple bypass surgery, which was successful. Prior to this intervention, Andy Griffith also suffered from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, in 1983, which left him unable to walk for about 7 months. His early life was not that pleasant, either. His parents could not afford to buy a home, so Andy Griffith lived with his relatives. The thing is that he did not even had a bed or a crib, so when he was a baby, he slept in drawers for quite some time.
When growing up, his talent began to show. Before becoming an actor, Andy Griffith was also a musician and comedian. Throughout his career, Andy Griffith made numerous friends, which proves the fact that he was and still is very beloved, by many people. Some of his best friends are/were Ron Howard, Daniel Roebuck, Don Knotts, Patricia Neal and Jim Nabors. His undeniable talent was honoured with many awards, including a People’s Choice Award. Andy Griffith is definitely one of the most important comedians of this era and he still has millions of fans all around the world, who cannot wait to see more of him.