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Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular TV series, The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. In the 1950s, Griffith became a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Steve Allen Show. He was featured in the Broadway play No Time for Sergeants (1955) for which he received a Tony nomination, and he later appeared in the film version. His film debut was in the provocative and prophetic A FACE IN THE CROWD (1957).

On The Andy Griffith Show (1960), Griffith portrayed a folksy small-town sheriff who shared simple heartfelt wisdom. The show was one of the most popular TV series in history. It generated successful spin-offs, and the original is still seen in re-runs to this day.

Griffith created his own production company in 1972, which produced several movies and TV series. In 1981, he was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Ash Robinson in Murder in Texas (1981).

In 1986 Griffith produced and starred in the successful TV series Matlock (1986). The show spawned numerous TV movies as well.

Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Andy Griffith Facts

Birth NameAndrew Samuel Griffith
BirthdayJune 1, 1926
BirthplaceMount Airy, North Carolina, USA
Date of deathJuly 3, 2012 (Date County, North Carolina, USA, age 86)
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Andy Griffith compared to you?

Selected Filmography

King Kong
Murder in Coweta County
The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Series
Centennial: The Complete Series
Matlock: The Complete Series
Mr. Monk and the Wrong Man
No Time for Sergeants
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