Griffith receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, November 9, 2005
|Born||Andy Samuel Griffith
June 1, 1926
Mount Airy, North Carolina, U.S.
|Died||July 3, 2012
Manteo, North Carolina, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Roanoke Island, North Carolina|
|Education||Mount Airy High School|
|Alma mater||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, television producer, singer (country, bluegrass & southern gospel), writer|
|Notable work(s)||The Andy Griffith Show,
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Bray Edwards
(m. 1949–1972; divorced)
(m. 1975–1981; divorced)
(m. 1983–2012; his death)
Andy Samuel "Sam" Griffith, Jr.(adopted, deceased)Dixie Nann Griffith (adopted)
Andy Samuel Griffith (June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012) was an American actor, television producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer. He 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 characters in the 1960–1968 situation comedy The Andy Griffith Show and in the 1986–1995 legal drama Matlock.
Early life and education 
Griffith was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, the only child of Carl Lee Griffith, and his wife, Geneva (Nunn). As a baby, Griffith lived with relatives until his parents could afford to buy a home. With neither a crib nor a bed, he slept in dresser drawers for several months. In 1929, when Griffith was three, his father began working as a carpenter and purchased a home in Mount Airy's "blue-collar" southside.
Griffith grew up listening to music. His father instilled a sense of humor from old family stories. By the time he entered school he was well aware that he was from what many considered the "wrong side of the tracks." He was a shy student, but once he found a way to make his peers laugh, he began to come out of his shell and come into his own.
As a student at Mount Airy High School, Griffith cultivated an interest in the arts, and he participated in the school's drama program. A growing love of music, particularly swing, would change his life. Griffith was raised Baptist and looked up to Ed Mickey, a minister at Grace Moravian Church, who led the brass band and taught him to sing and play the trombone. Mickey nurtured Griffith's talent throughout high school until graduation in 1944. Griffith was delighted when he was offered a role in The Lost Colony by Paul Green, a play still performed today on Roanoke Island. He performed as a cast member of the play for several years, playing a variety of roles, until he finally landed the role of Sir Walter Raleigh, the namesake of North Carolina's capital.
He began college studying to be a Moravian preacher, but he changed his major to music and became a part of the school's Carolina Playmakers. He attended the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and graduated with a bachelor of music degree in 1949. At UNC he was president of the UNC chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, which claims to be America's oldest fraternity for men in music. He also played roles in several student operettas, including The Chimes of Normandy (1946), and Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers (1945), The Mikado (1948) and H.M.S. Pinafore (1949).
From rising comedian to film star 
Griffith's early career was as a monologist, delivering long stories such as What it Was, Was Football, which is told from the point of view of a rural backwoodsman trying to figure out what was going on in a football game. The monologue was released as a single in 1953 on the Colonial label and was a hit for Griffith, reaching number nine on the charts in 1954.
Griffith starred in Ira Levin's one-hour teleplay version of No Time for Sergeants (March 1955) — a story about a country boy in the United States Air Force — on The United States Steel Hour, a television anthology series. He expanded that role in Ira Levin's full-length theatrical version of the same name (October 1955) on Broadway in New York City, New York. The role earned him a "Distinguished Supporting or Featured Dramatic Actor" nomination at the 1956 Tony Awards, losing to Ed Begley. He did win the 1956 Theatre World Award, however, a prize given for debut roles on Broadway. "Mr. Griffith does not have to condescend to Will Stockdale," (his role in the play) wrote Brooks Atkinson in The New York Times. "All he has to do is walk on the stage and look the audience straight in the face. If the armed forces can not cope with Will Stockdale, neither can the audience resist Andy Griffith." 
Griffith later reprised his role for the film version (1958) of No Time for Sergeants; the film also featured Don Knotts, as a corporal in charge of manual-dexterity tests, marking the beginning of a lifelong association between Griffith and Knotts. No Time for Sergeants is considered the direct inspiration for the later television situation comedy Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
His only other New York stage appearance was the titular role in the 1957 musical, Destry Rides Again, co-starring Delores Gray. The show, with a score by Harold Rome, ran for 472 performances - more than a year. Griffith was nominated for "Distinguished Musical Actor" at the 1960 Tony Awards, losing to Jackie Gleason.
Dramatic role in A Face in the Crowd (1957) 
In 1957, Griffith made his film début, starring in the film A Face in the Crowd. Although he plays a "country boy," this country boy is manipulative and power-hungry, a drifter who becomes a television host and uses his show as a gateway to political power. Co-starring Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau, Tony Franciosa, and Lee Remick (in her film début as well), the film was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg.
A 2005 DVD reissue of A Face in the Crowd includes a mini-documentary on the film, with comments from Schulberg and the then surviving cast members Griffith, Franciosa, and Neal. In his interview, Griffith, revered for his wholesome image for decades, reveals a more complex side of himself. He recalls Kazan prepping him to shoot his first scene with Remick's teenaged baton twirler, who captivates Griffith's character on a trip to Arkansas. Griffith also expresses his belief that the film was far more popular and respected in more recent decades than it was when originally released.
Television roles 
Early television roles 
Griffith's first appearance on television had been in 1955 in the one-hour teleplay of No Time for Sergeants on The United States Steel Hour. That was the first of two appearances on that series.
In 1960, Griffith appeared as a county sheriff (who was also a justice of the peace and the editor of the local newspaper) in an episode of Make Room for Daddy, starring Danny Thomas. This episode, in which Thomas' character is stopped for speeding in a little town, served as a backdoor pilot for The Andy Griffith Show. Both shows were produced by Sheldon Leonard.
The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968) 
Beginning in 1960, Griffith starred as Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show for the CBS television network. The show took place in the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina, where Taylor, a widower, was the sheriff and town sage. The show was filmed at Desilu Studios, with exteriors filmed at Forty Acres in Culver City, California.
From 1960 to 1965, the show co-starred character actor and comedian — and Griffith's longtime friend — Don Knotts in the role of Deputy Barney Fife, Taylor's best friend and partner. He was also Taylor's cousin in the show. In the series premiere episode, in a conversation between the two, Fife calls Taylor "Cousin Andy", and Taylor calls Fife "Cousin Barney". The show also starred child actor Ron Howard (then known as Ronny Howard), who played Taylor's only child, Opie Taylor.
It was an immediate hit. Griffith never received a writing credit for the show, but he worked on the development of every script. Knotts was frequently lauded and won multiple Emmy Awards for his comedic performances (as did Frances Bavier in 1967), while Griffith was never nominated for an Emmy Award during the show's run.
In 1967, Griffith was under contract with CBS to do one more season of the show. However, he decided to quit the show to pursue a movie career and other projects. The series continued as Mayberry R.F.D., with Ken Berry starring as a widower farmer and many of the regular characters recurring, some regularly and some as guest appearances. Griffith served as executive producer (according to Griffith, he came in once a week to review the week's scripts and give input) and guest starred in five episodes (the pilot episode involved his marriage to Helen Crump). He made final appearances as Taylor in the 1986 reunion television film, Return to Mayberry, and in two reunion specials in 1993 and 2003, with strong ratings.
Matlock (1986–1995) 
After leaving his still-popular show in 1968, and starting his own production company (Andy Griffith Enterprises) in 1972, Griffith starred in less-successful television series such as Headmaster (1970), The New Andy Griffith Show (1971), Adams of Eagle Lake (1975), Salvage 1 (1979), and The Yeagers (1980).
After spending time in rehabilitation for leg paralysis from Guillain–Barré syndrome in 1986, Griffith returned to television as the title character, Ben Matlock, in the legal drama Matlock (1986–1995) on NBC and ABC. Matlock was a country lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia, who was known for his Southern drawl and for always winning his cases. Matlock also starred unfamiliar actors (both of whom were childhood fans of Andy Griffith) Nancy Stafford as Michelle Thomas (1987–1992) and Clarence Gilyard, Jr. as Conrad McMasters (1989–1993). By the end of its first season it was a ratings powerhouse on Tuesday nights. Although the show was nominated for four Emmy Awards, Griffith once again was never nominated. He did, however, win a People's Choice Award in 1987 for his work as Matlock.
During the series' sixth season, he served as unofficial director, executive producer and writer of the show.
Other television appearances 
Griffith also made other character appearances through the years on Playhouse 90, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Mod Squad, Hawaii Five-O, The Doris Day Show, Here's Lucy, The Bionic Woman, Fantasy Island, among many others. He also reprised his role as Ben Matlock on Diagnosis: Murder in 1997, and his most recent guest-starring role was in 2001 in an episode of Dawson's Creek.
Films (including television films) 
For most of the 1970s, Griffith starred or appeared in many television films, including Go Ask Alice (1971), The Strangers In 7A (1972), Winter Kill (1974), and Pray for the Wildcats (1974), which marked his first villainous role. Griffith appeared again as a villain in Savages (1974), a television film based on the novel Deathwatch (1972) by Robb White. Griffith received his only Primetime Emmy Award nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie for his role as the father of a murder victim in the television film Murder in Texas (1981) and won further acclaim for his role as a homicidal villain in the television film Murder in Coweta County (1983), co-starring music legend Johnny Cash as the sheriff. He also proved to be a good character actor and appeared in several television mini-series, including the television version of From Here to Eternity (1979), Roots: The Next Generations (1979), Centennial (1978), and the Watergate scandal-inspired Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977), playing a former president loosely based on Lyndon B. Johnson.
Most of the TV movies Griffith starred in were also attempts to launch a new series. 1974's Winter Kill launched the short-lived Adams of Eagle Lake, which was canceled in 1975 after only two episodes. A year later, he starred as a New York City attorney for the DA's office in Street Killing which also failed to launch a new series. Two television films for NBC in 1977, The Girl in The Empty Grave and Deadly Game, were attempts for Griffith to launch a new series featuring him as Police Chief Abel Marsh, a more hard-edged version of Andy Taylor; despite strong ratings for both films, both were unsuccessful.
While appearing in television films and guest roles on television series over the next 10 years, Griffith also appeared in two feature films, both of which flopped at the box office. He co-starred with Jeff Bridges as a crusty old 1930s western actor in the comedy Hearts of the West (1975), and he appeared alongside Tom Berenger as a gay villainous colonel and cattle baron in the western comedy spoof Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985).
He also appeared as an attorney in the NBC mini-series Fatal Vision in 1984, which is considered a precursor to his role in Matlock.
Griffith stunned many unfamiliar with his A Face in the Crowd work in the television film Crime of Innocence (1985), where he portrayed a callous judge who routinely sentenced juveniles to hard prison time. Also noteworthy in Griffith's darker roles was his character in Under the Influence (1986), a TV-movie where Griffith played an alcoholic, abusive patriarch. He further surprised audiences with his role as a dangerous and mysterious grandfather in 1995's Gramps, co-starring John Ritter. He also appeared as a comical villain in the spy movie spoof Spy Hard (1996) starring Leslie Nielsen. In the television film A Holiday Romance (1999), Griffith played the role of "Jake Peterson." In the film Daddy and Them (2001), Griffith portrayed a patriarch of a dysfunctional southern family.
In the feature film Waitress (2007), Griffith played a crusty diner owner who takes a shine to Keri Russell's character. His last appearance was the leading role in the romantic comedy, independent film Play the Game (2009) as a lonely, widowed grandfather re-entering the dating world after a 60-year hiatus. The cast of Play The Game also included Rance Howard, Ron Howard's real-life father, who had made appearances in various supporting roles on The Andy Griffith Show, and Clint Howard, Ron's younger brother, who had the recurring role of Leon (the kid offering the ice cream cone or peanut butter sandwich) on The Andy Griffith Show.
Singing and recording career 
Griffith sang as part of some of his acting roles, most notably in A Face In The Crowd and in many episodes of both The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. In addition to his recordings of comic monologues in the 1950s, he made an album of upbeat country and gospel tunes during the run of The Andy Griffith Show, which included a version of the show's theme sung by Griffith under the title "The Fishin' Hole." In recent years, he recorded successful albums of classic Christian hymns for Sparrow Records. His most successful was the 1996 release I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns, which was certified platinum by the RIAA. The album won Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album at the 1997 Grammy Awards.
Name dispute 
William Harold Fenrick of Platteville, Wisconsin, legally changed his name to Andrew Jackson Griffith and ran unsuccessfully for sheriff of Grant County in November 2006. Subsequently, actor Griffith filed a lawsuit against Griffith/Fenrick, asserting that he violated trademark, copyright, and privacy laws by changing his name for the "sole purpose of taking advantage of Griffith's notoriety in an attempt to gain votes." On May 4, 2007, US District Court Judge John C. Shabaz ruled that Griffith/Fenrick did not violate federal trademark law because he did not use the Griffith name in a commercial transaction but instead in order "to seek elective office, fundamental First Amendment protected speech."
R. G. Armstrong 
The longest association Griffith had began in 1949 with a then-unknown actor, R. G. Armstrong. They met when Armstrong was one of Griffith's and his first wife's students at UNC, where Armstrong majored in drama. After graduating from college, Armstrong went on to become a versatile character actor while attending The Actors Studio in New York City.
In the 1960s, they were reunited in an episode of The Andy Griffith Show, with Armstrong playing a farmer who was the father of a tomboy. In the 1980s, Armstrong made a guest appearance in a two-part episode of Matlock, which was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, playing the role of a sheriff who introduces Matlock to a young, hotshot private investigator (played by an unknown Clarence Gilyard Jr.), whom Matlock, at the end of the episode hired him, after working on a case in Griffith's actual hometown. Griffith and Armstrong kept in contact.
Armstrong died on July 27, 2012, just 24 days after Griffith's death.
Don Knotts 
Griffith's friendship with Don Knotts began in 1955, when they co-starred in the Broadway play No Time for Sergeants. Several years later, Knotts had a regular role on The Andy Griffith Show for five seasons. Knotts left the series in 1965, but periodically returned for guest appearances. He appeared in the pilot for Griffith's subsequent short-lived series, The New Andy Griffith Show, and he had a recurring role on Matlock, from 1988 to 1992.
They kept in contact until Knotts' death on February 24, 2006. Griffith traveled from his Manteo, North Carolina home to Los Angeles, to visit the terminally ill Knotts at Cedars-Sinai just before Knotts died of lung cancer.
Dick Van Dyke 
In an interview with Bill Cosby, Griffith met another young, unfamiliar actor and television personality Dick Van Dyke in 1954, while working in one of the nightclubs in New York City, the two started out as acquaintances, before they became best friends. In the same studio that the two worked together, legendary comic Danny Thomas gave Griffith an opportunity to star in the spin-off of Make Room For Daddy's show, The Andy Griffith Show, featuring a young Ron Howard, while, the following year, Van Dyke got The Dick Van Dyke Show, the following year, which Thomas created and produced, recruiting a unfamiliar actress Mary Tyler Moore, to play his wife.
Years after, Griffith invited Van Dyke on the very first episode of what would be his second-longest running series, Matlock, in which Van Dyke played a judge in which he murdered the young married woman, who took advantage of the man who was kissing another man.
Then eleven years later, Griffith was later reunited with him in a two-part episode of Van Dyke's, Diagnosis Murder, where Griffith reprised his role as Ben Matlock, where after a stuntwoman dies, he called Matlock for help and asked one of Dr. Sloan's medical partners to represent the young doctor accused of that woman's murder. That was Griffith's last appearance, before he retired.
Van Dyke continued to stay in touch with him until Griffith's own death on July 3, 2012. At the time, he mourned over the lost of his closest friend, despite working with Griffith, later in each of their own careers.
Ron Howard 
Griffith's friendship with the unknown Ron Howard, that began in 1960, when they guest-starred in the episode of Make Room For Daddy that led to the formation of The Andy Griffith Show that same year. For eight seasons they shared a unique father-son relationship on the set and starred together in most of the show's episodes.
They guest-starred together in the show's spin-off series, Mayberry R.F.D.. They appeared in an episode where Griffith's character married his long-time girlfriend and in the "Gomer Pyle USMC" episode "Opie Joins the Marines," in which Howard's character, Opie, runs away from home and attempts to enlist in the US Marines. They co-starred in the television special Return to Mayberry (1986), in which the now-adult Opie is about to become a father. They later appeared together in CBS reunion specials in 1993 and 2003.
Griffith made a surprise appearance as the ghost of Andy Taylor when Howard hosted Saturday Night Live in 1982. Howard did not make any cameo appearances on Matlock, but his mother, Jean Speegle Howard, had a small role in one episode. Howard attended the People's Choice Awards in 1987, where Griffith was honored.
Howard and Griffith kept in contact sharing news about family and personal activities, and Griffith still called Howard by his childhood nickname, Ronny.
In October 2008, Griffith and Howard briefly reprised their Mayberry roles in an online video Ron Howard's Call to Action. It was posted to comedy video website Funny or Die. The video encouraged people to vote and endorsed Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
On the morning of July 3, 2012, Howard was very devastated when he finally lost his decades-long TV father. Prior to his death, Howard stated: "His love of creating, the joy he took in it whether it was drama or comedy or his music, was inspiring to grow up around. The spirit he created on the set of The Andy Griffith Show was joyful and professional all at once. It was an amazing environment. And I think it was a reflection of the way he felt about having the opportunity to create something that people could enjoy. It was always with respect and passion for the opportunity and really what it could offer people in a very unpretentious and earthy way. He felt he was always working in service of an audience he really respected and cared about. He was a great influence on me. His passing is sad. But he lived a great rich life."
Daniel Roebuck 
Beginning as a young, unfamiliar character actor at age 24, and having been one of Andy Griffith's childhood television heroes (compared to Nancy Stafford & Clarence Gilyard Jr.), Daniel Roebuck's first association with Griffith was working on the set of NBC's, Matlock, having a limited scene with him as one of the young doctors who overheard Griffith's complaints about his belly ached, at the end of the first season in 1987. At that time, he didn't play Cliff Lewis, but his career had skyrocketed.
Then, another year and a half, whenever Nancy Stafford was unavailable, Roebuck filled in for her as one of the lawyer assistants, beginning with the two-part episode in which he worked with Matlock, while in New York, on a case about an Ambassador, who was found not guilty of killing the lover's husband. Then, he worked with Griffith a third time, on another episode at the end of the third season in 1989. Still struggling as an actor, he made his last two appearances in 1992, playing a prosecutor. Though primarily, he worked with Griffith, when asked if he ever worked with comedian Don Knotts, meaning it was the last time both Griffith & Knotts ever had any screen time together, as best friends, he said: "Well we didn’t know it was going to be the last time, and I didn’t have any scenes with Don but I did come down to the set to watch him work, not knowing that years later I would work with Don in Quints. It was Don Knotts's last movie, and I got to be in it." He also added about working with Knotts: "Fantastic. He was so clear man. We’d rehearse and he’d say “I’m going to do the thing right here,” and he knew where he was going to be able to use his explanation points to move the scene to the next level. What a great guy."
Before all that happened, he finally got the call from Fred Silverman, Dean Hargrove and Andy Griffith, to replace Clarence Gilyard Jr. as Cliff Lewis for the final three seasons of Matlock, after the network transferred from NBC to ABC, while at the same time, the show moved from Los Angeles, California to Wilmington, North Carolina, where Griffith didn't have to do that much traveling. Despite having an on- and off-camera relationship with each other, compared to Stafford, Roebuck was also unavailable to come to the set, due to busy scheduling in Los Angeles, for a year and a half. Then, he continued making appearances, afterwards.
When Matlock was finally canceled in 1995, Griffith was very proud of Roebuck, as he was all-grown up, with a name that he already made for himself, after years of playing a wide variety of characters. Roebuck continued to stay in touch with Griffith, for over 15 years, up until his death on July 3, 2012. They've been friends for 25 years to this very day. At the time of his mentor's death, Roebuck released on his Facebook page: "Andy Griffith was one of the single most talented people I have ever worked with," he wrote. "Those three years spent with him, in North Carolina while filming Matlock, were some of the best of my life. God has blessed all of us with the laughter He shared with His creation through this amazing performer. Now it's our heart felt prayer that God continue to bless Andy and his family. The laughter will live on."
Political activities 
In October 2008, Griffith appeared with Ron Howard in a Funny or Die video endorsement for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
In addition to his online video with Howard in 2008, in politics Griffith favored Democrats and recorded television commercials endorsing North Carolina Governors Mike Easley and Bev Perdue. He spoke at the inauguration ceremonies of both. In 1989, he declined an offer by Democratic party officials to run against Jesse Helms, a Republican U.S. Senator from North Carolina.
Personal life 
Griffith and Barbara Bray Edwards were married on August 22, 1949, and they adopted two children: a son, Andy Samuel Griffith, Jr. (born in 1957 and better known as Sam Griffith) and a daughter, Dixie Nann Griffith. They were divorced in 1972. Sam, a real-estate developer, died in 1996 after years of alcoholism.
His second wife was Solica Cassuto, a Greek actress. They were married from 1973 to 1981.
He and Cindi Knight were married on April 12, 1983; they had met when he was filming Murder in Coweta County.
On May 9, 2000, he underwent quadruple heart-bypass surgery at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. After a fall, Griffith underwent hip surgery on September 5, 2007, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
On July 3, 2012, at the age of 86, Griffith died from a heart attack about 7am. at his coastal home in Manteo, Roanoke Island in Dare County, North Carolina. He was buried in the Griffith Family Cemetery on the island within five hours of his death.
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- Just for Laughs (1958)
- Shouts the Blues and Old Timey Songs (1959) (album includes a guest appearance by bluesmen Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry).
- Songs, Themes and Laughs from the Andy Griffith Show (1961)
- Somebody Bigger Than You and I (1972)
- American Originals (1993)
- Precious Memories: 33 Timeless Hymns (1995)
- I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns (1996)
- Sings Favorite Old-Time Songs (1997)
- Just as I Am: 30 Favorite Old Time Hymns (1998)
- Wit & Wisdom of Andy Griffith (1998)
- Favorite Old Time Songs (2000)
- Absolutely the Best (2002)
- Back to Back Hits (2003)
- The Christmas Guest (2003)
- Bound for the Promised Land: The Best of Andy Griffith Hymns (2005)
- The Collection (2005)
- Pickin' and Grinnin': The Best of Andy Griffith (2005)
- A Face in the Crowd (1957)
- No Time for Sergeants (1958)
- Onionhead (1958)
- The Second Time Around (1961)
- Angel in My Pocket (1969)
- Hearts of the West (1975)
- Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985)
- Spy Hard (1996)
- Daddy and Them (2001)
- The Very First Noel (2006) (voice)
- Waitress (2007)
- Christmas Is Here Again (2007) (voice)
- Play the Game (2008)
Short subjects 
Television work 
- Make Room For Daddy (1960; Andy and Opie Taylor were first introduced in season seven)
- The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
- The Headmaster (1970–1971)
- The New Andy Griffith Show (1971; cancelled after 13 episodes)
- The Strangers in 7A (1972)
- Go Ask Alice (1973)
- Pray for the Wildcats (1974)
- Winter Kill (1974)
- Savages (1974)
- Adams of Eagle Lake (1975; cancelled after two episodes)
- Street Killing (1976)
- Six Characters in Search of an Author (1976)
- Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976) (voice)
- Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977)
- The Girl in the Empty Grave (1977)
- Deadly Game (1977)
- Centennial (1978; miniseries)
- Salvage 1 (1979; cancelled after 20 episodes)
- From Here to Eternity (1979; miniseries)
- Roots: The Next Generations (1979; miniseries)
- The Yeagers (1980; cancelled after two episodes)
- Murder in Texas (1981)
- For Lovers Only (1982)
- Murder in Coweta County (1983)
- The Demon Murder Case (1983)
- Fatal Vision (1984) (miniseries)
- Crime of Innocence (1985)
- Return to Mayberry (1986)
- Matlock (1986–1995)
- Under the Influence (1986)
- The Gift of Love (1994)
- Gramps (1995)
- Scattering Dad (1998)
- A Holiday Romance (1999)
- Dawson's Creek (2001)
The Andy Griffith Museum, a 2,500-square-feet facility which houses the world's largest collection of Griffith memorabilia, opened on September 26, 2009, in Mount Airy, North Carolina. The majority of the permanent collection was donated by the museum's founder and longtime friend, Emmett Forrest.
C.F. Martin & Company, guitar manufacturers, offers an Andy Griffith signature model guitar. Limited edition in 2004 of the D-18 Model with 311 units total production. Patterned after Andy's own 1956 D-18.
Griffith received a Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album for I Love to Tell the Story — 25 Timeless Hymns in 1997.
In 1999, Griffith was inducted into the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame with fellow artists Lulu Roman, Barbara Mandrell, David L. Cook, Gary S. Paxton, Jimmy Snow, Loretta Lynn, and Jody Miller.
He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush on November 9, 2005.
A few weeks earlier, he had helped preside over the reopening of UNC's Memorial Hall and donated a substantial amount of memorabilia from his career to the university.
In 2007, he was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
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