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Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith

Birthday: 1 June 1926, Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA
Birth Name: Andy Samuel Griffith
Height: 183 cm

Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular television series, The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Matlock (1986). Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of Nor ...Show More

Andy Griffith
People started saying that Mayberry was based on Mount Airy. It sure sounds like it, doesn't it? People started saying that Mayberry was based on Mount Airy. It sure sounds like it, doesn't it?
[on comparison his sociable sheriff role to his sociable lawyer role]: I'm not going to retire. I ca Show more [on comparison his sociable sheriff role to his sociable lawyer role]: I'm not going to retire. I cannot live without comedy. I write a lot on 'Matlock,' too, and I put a lot of comedy in it. Sometimes the writers make Matlock is a very bright man, but he's vain. Hide
[In 1991]: I can't tell you how surprised I was - until my wife admitted she had torn out the page o Show more [In 1991]: I can't tell you how surprised I was - until my wife admitted she had torn out the page of the article that had included me. I deserve worst dressed - both as Andy Griffith and as the character I play. Away from the set, I only wear Levi's jeans and Lands' End shirts and tennis shoes. And for six seasons on 'Matlock,' I've been wearing the same rumpled gray suit. Hide
[In 1996]: I'll be 70 on June 1. I don't want to make a living - I mean, I do. I really don't have t Show more [In 1996]: I'll be 70 on June 1. I don't want to make a living - I mean, I do. I really don't have to. But I want to work for my mind and my spirit. I know how to do a couple of things, and I can sing a little, and I can act, and I can write a little, so I wanna try that. Hide
I still play that guitar. It's a Martin D-18 with a clear pick guard. I've played that guitar on and Show more I still play that guitar. It's a Martin D-18 with a clear pick guard. I've played that guitar on and off my TV shows for nearly 50 years. Hide
[For making Chapel Hill, which is where he went to college, proud of him]: I am proud of my connecti Show more [For making Chapel Hill, which is where he went to college, proud of him]: I am proud of my connections to Carolina and pleased to know that some results from a lifetime of work on television, film, stage and recordings will have a permanent home in Chapel Hill. Hide
[on working off-camera on- the set of _"Matlock" (1986)]: I do my best in the mornings. I've also as Show more [on working off-camera on- the set of _"Matlock" (1986)]: I do my best in the mornings. I've also asked to put the grueling courtroom scenes at the end of the week's filming, so that I have time to learn all the lines. They have, all but twice - and those two times were nightmares. Learning lines in front of the crew is one of the most difficult things you can do. Hide
It's the damnedest thing I ever heard of. There are books of all kinds, trading cards, videotapes of Show more It's the damnedest thing I ever heard of. There are books of all kinds, trading cards, videotapes of the shows. Fan clubs? Oh, there's several of them. They have conventions and things. I can't go; I'm working. But a lot of the others from the old show. But I just can't, while I'm doing this show I can't [find the time to] do anything else. Hide
If you think and feel what you're supposed to think and feel, hard enough, it'll come out through yo Show more If you think and feel what you're supposed to think and feel, hard enough, it'll come out through your eyes - and the camera will see it. Hide
I was baptized alongside my mother when I was 8 years old. Since then, I have tried to walk a Christ Show more I was baptized alongside my mother when I was 8 years old. Since then, I have tried to walk a Christian life, ... And now that I'm getting older, I realized that I'm walking even closer with my God. Hide
[on his off-camera relationship with Frances Bavier, who played Aunt Bee] There was just something a Show more [on his off-camera relationship with Frances Bavier, who played Aunt Bee] There was just something about me she did not like. Hide
[In 1989]: I always wanted to bring a show here. I thought it would be good for the town and good fo Show more [In 1989]: I always wanted to bring a show here. I thought it would be good for the town and good for the company. Hide
[In 1986]: There ain't no way you're going to do an hour show every week and go home to Mayberry. [In 1986]: There ain't no way you're going to do an hour show every week and go home to Mayberry.
Hell, I'm just not comfortable with it. But isn't this one beautiful piece? Hell, I'm just not comfortable with it. But isn't this one beautiful piece?
[on being released from Universal Studios - while being typecast as Andy Taylor]: I wanted to prove Show more [on being released from Universal Studios - while being typecast as Andy Taylor]: I wanted to prove that I could play something else, but there were 249 episodes out there of 'Mayberry,' and it was aired every day. It was hard to escape. Hide
[In 1987]: They saw me as more of a personality than an actor, and I didn't get much work. [In 1987]: They saw me as more of a personality than an actor, and I didn't get much work.
[In comparing himself to one of his characters]: I am from a little town in North Carolina. I have c Show more [In comparing himself to one of his characters]: I am from a little town in North Carolina. I have chosen to keep one foot in that life and my other foot in this life and I've had success with that. This man does the same thing. He is from a little community outside of Atlanta, and he has chosen to keep one foot in that life and the other foot in this life. So far as his being a country lawyer, he's the kind of guy that will let you believe anything you choose to believe as long as it works in his corner. Hide
[How he valued Don Knotts as an actor/best friend]: I loved Don. There was no one like him. [How he valued Don Knotts as an actor/best friend]: I loved Don. There was no one like him.
[When he used a televangelist as his model]: I did an impression of Oral Roberts, and near the end, Show more [When he used a televangelist as his model]: I did an impression of Oral Roberts, and near the end, I took Elia Kazan's head in my hands, and I healed him, I walked out of that restaurant with the part. Hide
[on filming a 2-part Matlock (1986) episode in his hometown]: During all the years of the old Griffi Show more [on filming a 2-part Matlock (1986) episode in his hometown]: During all the years of the old Griffith show I tried to talk them into filming something in North Carolina, but they said, 'Why? They already think you're in North Carolina anyway.' Hide
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