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      Andy Griffith

      Andy Griffith

      Highest Rated: 90% Hearts of the West (1975)

      Lowest Rated: 7% Spy Hard (1996)

      Birthday: Jun 1, 1926

      Birthplace: Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA

      With his folksy, down-to-earth charm and winning smile, actor Andy Griffith brought a warm sincerity to his most popular roles - small-town Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68) and the crafty southern lawyer Ben Matlock on "Matlock" (NBC/ABC, 1986-1995). Prior to becoming a friendly face in many American living rooms, Griffith was a talented musician with early aspirations to be an opera singer. But instead he rose to fame as a monologist, delivering a parody of the Johnny Ray song "Please Mr. Sun" and the woodsy "What it Was, Was Football" (1953), one of the most popular recorded monologues of all time. Griffith turned to television with "No Time for Sergeants" (1955) - a role he reprised for the 1958 film of the same name - and made his feature debut with a thunderous dramatic performance as a manipulative, power-hungry grifter who becomes a television host in Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd" (1957). He was a regular on "The Steve Allen Show" (1956-1964) before introducing Sheriff Andy Taylor alongside Ron Howard's Opie on the seventh season of "The Danny Thomas Show" (1953-1964). Following several spin-offs of "Andy Griffith" throughout the decades, he reprised his stardom as "Matlock" and made many noted guest appearances well into the new millennium. Meanwhile, over the course of his career, Griffith returned to his first love of music and won a Grammy for a 1997 gospel album. Often exerting strong creative control over his efforts, Griffith brought a sense of realism, charm and honesty to his shows and characters that managed to never stray into caricature, and whose appeal endured for generations of viewers.

      Highest rated movies

      Hearts of the West
      Waitress
      A Face in the Crowd
      Daddy and Them
      No Time for Sergeants
      Play the Game
      Rustlers' Rhapsody Spy Hard

      Photos

      ANGEL IN MY POCKET, Andy Griffith, 1969 A FACE IN THE CROWD, Andy Griffith, 1957 ONIONHEAD, (front) Andy Griffith, (back) Joey Bishop, 1958 ONIONHEAD, Walter Matthau, Felicia Farr, Andy Griffith, 1958 RUSTLER'S RHAPSODY, Sela Ward, Tom Beringer, Marilu Henner, portrait, 1985" NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS, Andy Griffith, 1958 NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS, Andy Griffith, 1958 NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS, Andy Griffith, 1958 NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS, Andy Griffith, 1958 NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS, Andy Griffith, 1958 HEARTS OF THE WEST, Andy Griffith, 1975 A FACE IN THE CROWD, Andy Griffith, 1957 ONIONHEAD, (front) Andy Griffith, (back) Joe Mantell, 1958 A FACE IN THE CROWD, Andy Griffith, 1957 A FACE IN THE CROWD, Andy Griffith, 1957 ANGEL IN MY POCKET, Andy Griffith, (front), Todd Starke, Buddy Foster, Amber Smale, 1969 A FACE IN THE CROWD, Patricia Neal, Andy Griffith, 1957 A FACE IN THE CROWD, Andy Griffith, 1957 A FACE IN THE CROWD, Andy Griffith, 1957 A FACE IN THE CROWD, Andy Griffith, Anthony Franciosa, 1957

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      28% 61% Play the Game Grandpa Joe (Character) $635.7K 2008
      No Score Yet 41% Christmas Is Here Again Santa Claus (Voice) - 2007
      89% 74% Waitress Old Joe (Character) $19.1M 2007
      86% 54% Daddy and Them O.T. Montgomery (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Holiday Romance Unknown (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scattering Dad Hiram (Character) - 1998
      7% 31% Spy Hard General Rancor (Character) $27.0M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gramps Jack MacGruder (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Scam Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Heist Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gift of Love Phil Doucet (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Kidnapping Ben Matlock (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Accused Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Idol Ben Matlock (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Final Affair Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Fortune Benjamin Matlock/Ben Matlock/Attorney Ben Matlock (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Haunted Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Assassination Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Legacy Charlie Matlock/Attorney Ben Matlock (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Evening News Ben Matlock (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Picture Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Vacation Ben Matlock (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Outcast Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Witness Killings Ben Matlock (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Trial Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Suspect Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Secret Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: Nowhere to Turn Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Informer Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Hunting Party Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Prisoner Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Thief Ben Matlock (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Ambassador Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Mayor Ben Matlock (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Power Brokers Ben Matlock (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Court Martial Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Investigation Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Billionaire Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diary of a Perfect Murder Ben Matlock (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Under the Influence Noah Talbot (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Don Benjamin Matlock (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 70% Return to Mayberry Andy Taylor (Character) - 1986
      17% 85% Rustlers' Rhapsody Colonel Ticonderoga (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crime of Innocence Judge Julius Sullivan (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 95% Fatal Vision Victor Worheide (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 73% Murder in Coweta County John Wallace (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 14% The Demon Murder Case Guy Harris (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For Lovers Only Vernon Bliss (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in Texas Ash Robinson (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Yeagers Carroll Yeager (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet From Here to Eternity Gen. Barney Slater (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Salvage I: Golden Orbit Harry Broderick (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Salvage II: Hardwater Harry Broderick (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Salvage I Harry Broderick (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Game Police Chief Abel Marsh (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It's Deadly Police Chief Abel Marsh (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl in the Empty Grave Police Chief Abel Marsh (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Street Killing Gus Brenner (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 46% Frosty's Winter Wonderland Narrator - 1976
      90% 43% Hearts of the West Howard Pike aka Billy Pueblo (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Winter Kill Sheriff Sam McNeill (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 30% Pray for the Wildcats Sam Farragut (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Savages Horton Madec (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 51% Go Ask Alice Priest (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Strangers in 7A Artie Sawyer (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 87% Angel in My Pocket Reverend Samuel D. Whitehead (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 67% The Second Time Around Pat Collins (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 41% Onionhead Alvin "Al" Woods (Character) - 1958
      60% 80% No Time for Sergeants Pvt. Will Stockdale (Character) - 1958
      88% 94% A Face in the Crowd Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes (Character) - 1957

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 100% The Andy Griffith Show Andy Taylor (Character) 1960-1968 2023
      No Score Yet 78% Dawson's Creek Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Benjamin L. Matlock (Character),
      Executive Producer
      1986-1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Best of the West Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Salvage-1 Harry Broderick (Character) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Centennial Prof. Lewis Vernor (Character) 1978-1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sonny and Cher Show Guest 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bionic Woman Jack Starkey (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doris Day Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour Guest 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1969 1971-1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad George Carter (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mayberry R.F.D. Executive Producer 1968-1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest 1970-1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Guest 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning World Himself (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1958-1959 1965 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danny Kaye Show Unknown (Guest Star),
      Guest
      1964 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Andy Taylor (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1959 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Will Stockdale (Character) 1955