Andy Samuel Griffith (June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012) was an American actor, comedian, television producer, southern gospel singer, and writer whose career spanned seven decades in music and television. Known for his Southern drawl, his characters with a folksy-friendly personality, and his gruff but friendly voice, Griffith was a Tony Award nominee for two roles, and gained prominence in the starring role in director Elia Kazan's film A Face in the Crowd (1957) before he became better known for his television roles, playing the lead roles of Andy Taylor in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968) and Ben Matlock in the legal drama Matlock (1986–1995).
|Full name at birth||
Andy Samuel Griffith
|Claim to fame||
The Andy Griffith Show
|Date of birth||
1 June 1926
|Place of birth||
Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA
|Date of death||
3 July 2012
86 (age at death)
|Place of death||
Roanoke Island, North Carolina, USA
|Cause of death||
Roanoke Island, North Carolina, U.S.
6' (183 cm)
Folksy, Friendly Personality
Mount Airy High School, Mount Airy, NC
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
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