|Born||Peter Atwill Griffith
October 23, 1933
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Died||May 14, 2001
Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.
|Cause of death||Emphysema|
|Resting place||Normanna, Texas, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Tippi Hedren (1952-1961)
Nanita Greene (1965-1974)
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, and his granddaughter, Dakota Johnson, became notable actresses.
Life and career
Griffith was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Hilda (née Atwill) and Ben E. Griffith. 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. Griffith served in the Korean War in the U.S. Army.
Griffith married five 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 Griffith, a set decorator and production designer. After a fourth divorce, Griffith married Debra Meyer Boyd and remained with her until his death. In the early 1970s he moved his family to Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and separated from Greene in 1976. In 1992, he sold his real-estate business, Holiday Homes, and moved to New Mexico.
- Ancestry of Melanie Griffith, wargs.com; accessed December 16, 2015.
- Peter Griffith at the Internet Broadway Database
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- Gliatto, Tom (January 26, 1998). "Working Girl: After Years in Limbo, Tracy Griffith, Melanie's Flame-Haired Half Sister, Sees Her Career Heat Up". People 49 (3). Archived from the original on September 12, 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2015.