Andy Griffith

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Andy Griffith
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Andy Griffith receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Born Andy Samuel Griffith
(1926-06-01)June 1, 1926
Mount Airy, North Carolina, U.S.
Died July 3, 2012(2012-07-03) (aged 86)
Manteo, North Carolina, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Nationality American
Education Mount Airy High School
Alma mater University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Occupation Actor, comedian, director, producer, singer (country, bluegrass & southern gospel), writer
Years active 1949–2012
Notable work The Andy Griffith Show
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Barbara Bray Edwards
(m. 1949–1972, divorced)
Solica Cassuto
(m. 1975–1981, divorced)
Cindi Knight
(m. 1983–2012, his death)
Children Son (dead), daughter

Andy Samuel Griffith (June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012) was an American stage, movie, and television actor.[1] He also produced and directed. He was a singer and a writer. He starred in the 1957 movie A Face in the Crowd. He also starred in the 1958 movie No Time for Sergeants. His television series are The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock.

Early life[change | change source]

Griffith was born on June 1, 1926 in Mount Airy, North Carolina. He studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was the father of two children. He was married three times.

Lawsuit[change | change source]

Griffith once had to sue a man named William Fenrick after Fenrick legally changed his name to Andy Griffith because Fenrick ran for town's sheriff. This angered Griffith, but soon afterwards the lawsuit was dropped. Fenrick lost the election for towns sheriff.[2]

Health and death[change | change source]

In 1986, Griffiths suffered from Guillain–Barré syndrome and could not walk for 7 months.[3] Griffith received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005. Griffith died on July 3, 2012[4] of a heart attack in Manteo, North Carolina, aged 86.

Movies[change | change source]

Television[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Telegraph obituary
  2. "Andy Griffith sues Andy Griffith". 11 November 2006. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  3. Andy Griffith at Who's Dating Who
  4. "TV legend Andy Griffith dead at 86". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2012-07-03.