Andy Griffith

American actor, television producer, Southern gospel singer, and writer (1926-2012)

Andy Samuel Griffith (June 1, 1926  – July 3, 2012) was an American stage, movie, and television actor.[2] 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.

Andy Griffith
Andy Griffith Andy Griffith Show 1960.jpg
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
OccupationActor, comedian, producer, singer, writer, director, musician, teacher
Years active1955–2012
Notable work
Political partyDemocratic
Barbara Bray Edwards
(m. 1949; div. 1972)

Solica Cassuto
(m. 1973; div. 1981)

Cindi Knight
(m. 1983)

Early lifeEdit

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).[3] He studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was the father of two children. He was married three times.


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.[4]

Health and deathEdit

In 1986, Griffith suffered from Guillain–Barré syndrome and could not walk for 7 months.[5] Griffith received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005. Griffith died on July 3, 2012[6] of a heart attack in Manteo, North Carolina, aged 86.




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

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