Peter Griffith

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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 Emphysema
Resting place Normanna, Texas, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Tippi Hedren (1952-1961)
Nanita Greene (1965-1974)
Daryl Griffith (1980-1998)
Marianne Griffith
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[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.[citation needed]

Griffith married five times.[3] In 1952, at age 18,[citation needed] 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,[citation needed] he married actress Nanita Greene, and together they had two children, Tracy Griffith who also became an actress, and Clay Griffith,[4] a set decorator and production designer. After a fourth divorce,[citation needed] Griffith married Debra Meyer Boyd and remained with her until his death.[citation needed][citation needed] In the early 1970s he moved his family to Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and separated from Greene in 1976.[4] In 1992, he sold his real-estate business, Holiday Homes, and moved to New Mexico.[3]


Griffith died aged 67 on May 14, 2001, in Santa Fe, New Mexico from complications from emphysema.[3]


  1. ^ Ancestry of Melanie Griffith,; accessed December 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Peter Griffith at the Internet Broadway Database
  3. ^ a b c "Services Being Planned for Peter Griffith". May 23, 2011. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b 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. 

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