The Life Of Andy Griffith

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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.


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  • 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.


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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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