Peter Griffith

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For the art department worker, see Peter N. Griffith.

Not to be confused with Peter Griffin

Peter Griffith
Born Peter Atwill Griffith
October 23, 1933
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died May 14, 2001(2001-05-14) (aged 67)
Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.
Cause of death
Resting place
Normanna, Texas, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Tippi Hedren (1952-1959)
Nanita Greene (1960-1974)
Daryl Griffith (1980-1998)
Debra Meyer Boyd (2000-2001)
Children 3; including Melanie and

Peter Atwill Griffith (October 23, 1933 – May 14, 2001) was an American advertising executive and former child stage actor, appearing on Broadway a few times. His daughters Melanie Griffith and Tracy Griffith became notable actresses.

Life and career[edit]

Griffith was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Hilda (née Atwill) and Ben E. Griffith.[1] He had one sister, Sally Ann Griffith. His mother managed his stage acting career as he worked as a child actor, appearing on Broadway a few times.[2] Griffith served in the Korean War in the U.S. Army.

Griffith married three times. In 1952, at age 18, he married 22-year-old Tippi Hedren, who later worked as an actress. They had a daughter, Melanie Griffith, before divorcing in 1959. In 1960 he married actress Nanita Greene, and together they had two children, Tracy Griffith (who also became an actress) and Clay A. Griffith (a production designer).

After a second divorce, Griffith married Debra Meyer Boyd and remained with her until his death.


Griffith died aged 67 on May 14, 2001, in Santa Fe, New Mexico from complications from emphysema.[3][dead link] He was buried at San Domingo Cemetery in Normanna, Texas.


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