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Andy Griffith



At first intending to become a minister, actor/monologist Andy Griffith (born June 1st, 1926) became active with the Carolina Playmakers, the prestigious drama-and-music adjunct of the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill. He spent several seasons portraying Sir Walter Raleigh in the summertime outdoor drama The Lost Colony, spending the rest of the years as a schoolteacher. Griffith continued performing fitfully as an after-dinner speaker on the men's club circuit, developing hilariously bucolic routines on subjects ranging from Shakespeare to football. Under the aegis of agent/producer Richard O. Linke, Griffith returned to acting, attaining stardom in the role of bumptious Air Force rookie Will Stockdale in the TV and Broadway productions of No Time For Sergeants. Before committing Sergeants to film, Griffith made his movie debut in director Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd, in which he portrayed an outwardly folksy but inwardly vicious TV personality (patterned, some say, after Arthur Godfrey).



After filming Face in the Crowd, No Time for Sergeants and Onionhead for Warner Bros. during the years 1957 and 1958, Griffith starred in a 1959 Broadway musical version of Destry Rides Again; as an added source of income, Griffith ran a North Carolina supermarket. On February 15, 1960 he first appeared as Andy Taylor, the laid-back sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina, on an episode of The Danny Thomas Show. This one-shot was of course the pilot film for the Emmy-winning The Andy Griffith Show, in which Griffith starred from 1960 through 1968. Eternally easygoing on camera, Griffith, who owned 50% of the series, ruled his sitcom set with an iron hand, though he was never as hard on the other actors as he was on himself; to this day, he remains close to fellow Griffith stars Don Knotts and Ron Howard. An unsuccessful return to films with 1969's Angel in My Pocket was followed by an equally unsuccessful 1970 TV series Headmaster. For the next 15 years, Griffith confined himself to guest-star appearances, often surprising his fans by accepting cold-blooded villainous roles. In 1985, he made a triumphal return to series television in Matlock, playing a folksy but very crafty Southern defense attorney. A life-threatening disease known as Gillian-Barre syndrome curtailed his activities in the late 1980s, but as of 1995 Andy Griffith was still raking in the ratings with his infrequent Matlock two-hour specials. The actor worked on and off throughout the late nineties and early 2000s, and co-starred with Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion in the romantic comedy Waitress in 2007.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
27% Play The Game
  • Grandpa Joe
2009
No Score Yet TV Mania Too!
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Pioneers of Television
  • Actor
2008
89% Waitress
  • Old Joe
2007
No Score Yet Christmas Is Here Again
  • Santa Claus
2007
49% The Flying Scotsman
  • Actor
2006
86% Daddy and Them
  • O.T. Montgomery
2001
8% Spy Hard
  • Gen. Rancor
1996
No Score Yet American Sportsman - Bird Hunting
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Under the Influence
  • Noah Talbot
1986
No Score Yet Return to Mayberry
  • Andy Taylor
  • Executive Producer
1986
18% Rustlers' Rhapsody
  • Colonel Ticonderoga
1985
No Score Yet Crime of Innocence
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Fatal Vision
  • Victor Worheide
1984
No Score Yet Murder in Coweta County
  • John Wallace
1983
No Score Yet The Demon Murder Case
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Murder in Texas
  • Ash Robinson
1981
No Score Yet Salvage
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Centennial
  • Lew Vernor
1978
No Score Yet The Girl in the Empty Grave
  • Police Chief Abel Marsh
1977
No Score Yet Frosty's Winter Wonderland
  • Narrator
1976
No Score Yet Six Characters in Search of an Author
  • The Father
1976
80% Hearts Of The West (Hollywood Cowboy)
  • Howard Pike aka Billy Pueblo
1975
No Score Yet Savages
  • Horton Madec
1975
No Score Yet Pray for the Wildcats
  • Sam Farragut
1974
No Score Yet Go Ask Alice
  • Priest
1972
No Score Yet The Stranger In 7A
  • Artie Sawyer
1972
No Score Yet Angel in My Pocket
  • Rev. Samuel D. Whitehead
1969
No Score Yet The Second Time Around
  • Pat Collins
1961
No Score Yet Onionhead
  • Alvin Woods
1958
No Score Yet No Time for Sergeants
  • Will Stockdale (Narrator)
1958
92% A Face in the Crowd
  • Lonesome Rhodes
1957
No Score Yet Les garçons du Lido
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Dawson's Creek
1998-2003
  • Mr. Brooks' Friend
No Score Yet Pioneers of Television
2008-2014
  • Appearing

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