Andy Samuel Griffith

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1926

born on June 1, 1926, in Mount Airy, North Carolina, Andy Griffith hit stardom in the late 1950s acting in film, TV and Broadway productions while also creating albums of comedic monologues.

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1950 - 1960

Andy got his start in the 1950s playing a country yokel, on radio and in recorded routines like "What It Was,Was Football."

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1954

Griffith and his wife moved to New York, where he made his television debut as a guest monologist on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1954.

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1955

That same year, he won the role of Will Stockdale in the TV version of Ira Levin's play, No Time for Sergeants. When the play was produced on Broadway in 1955, it became a hit, and Griffith was nominated for a Tony Award for outstanding supporting actor.

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1957

He made his feature film debut in 1957, in the provocative A Face in the Crowd, directed by Elia Kazan.

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1958

Like his co-star and fellow southerner, Don Knotts, Griffith went on to reprise his role in the 1958 film version of No Time for Sergeants, which met with a mixed critical reception.

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1959 - 1960

He was also a regular, with Knotts, on the NBC variety series, The Steve Allen Show, from 1959 to 1960.

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1960 - 1968

The Andy Griffith Show was a gentle comedy that cast Griffith as a warm-hearted smalltown sheriff in the southern town of Mayberry . The show stopped filming in 1968 and is still playing today.

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1960

Griffith's 1960 guest appearance as a small-town mayor on the sitcom Make Room for Daddy led CBS to give him his own sitcom

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1960

In 1960, Griffith earned another Tony nomination, this time for best actor in a musical, for Destry Rides Again.

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1972

In 1972, Griffith formed a production company, Andy Griffith Enterprises.

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1972

Griffith's marriage to Barbara Edwards ended in divorce in 1972

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1981

He and his second wife, Solicia, divorced in 1981 after five years of marriage.

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1983

In 1983, Griffith was suddenly stricken with Guillen-Barre syndrome, a crippling muscular disease that left him partially paralyzed for three months

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1983

In 1983, he married Cindi Knight, a former teacher and actress.

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1986 - 1995

Matlock is one of the two shows that Griffith was in.

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1986

In 1986, Griffith reunited with his co-stars, including Knotts and Howard, in Return to Mayberry, which became the highest-rated TV movie of the 1986 season

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1996

In 1996, Griffith appeared as a villain opposite Leslie Nielsen in the James Bond parody Spy Hard

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1997 - 1998

Griffith earned a Grammy Award for his gospel album "I Love to Tell the Story-25 Timeless Songs."

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July 2, 2012 - 07/03/2012

Andy died of a disease.