Andy Griffith

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Andy Griffith
Griffith in a publicity photo for The Andy Griffith Show (1960)
Andy Samuel Griffith[1]

(1926-06-01)June 1, 1926
DiedJuly 3, 2012(2012-07-03) (aged 86)
Burial placeRoanoke Island, North Carolina, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.Mus 1949
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • producer
  • singer
  • writer
  • director
Years active1955–2012
Notable work
Barbara Bray Edwards
(m. 1949; div. 1972)

Solica Cassuto
(m. 1973; div. 1981)

Cindi Knight
(m. 1983)

Andy Samuel Griffith (June 1, 1926  – July 3, 2012) was an American actor, comedian, television producer, singer and 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, the only child of Carl Lee Griffith and his wife, Geneva (née Nunn).[2] 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 sued a man named William Fenrick after Fenrick legally changed his name to Andy Griffith because Fenrick ran for town sheriff. The use of his name angered Griffith, but soon afterwards the lawsuit was dropped. Fenrick lost the election.[3]

Health and death[change | change source]

In 1986, Griffith suffered from Guillain–Barré syndrome and could not walk for 7 months.[4] Griffith received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005. Griffith died on July 3, 2012[5] of a heart attack in Manteo, North Carolina, aged 86.

Movies[change | change source]

Television[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Andy Griffith Interview – Archive of American Television video". October 22, 2017. Event occurs at 0:33. My name is Andy. It never was Andrew.
  2. "Andy Griffith Biography (1926–)". Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  3. "Andy Griffith sues Andy Griffith". CBC. November 11, 2006. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  4. Andy Griffith at Who's Dating Who
  5. "TV legend Andy Griffith dead at 86". Toronto Sun. Retrieved July 3, 2012.

Other websites[change | change source]