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Andy Samuel Griffith was born on June 1, 1926 in Mt Airy North Carolina, was one of the most beloved actor, singer and televison producer of our times. He played in broadway, movies and other tv shows but was best known for his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show.

In 1941, He attended the Mt Airy High school here he began his love for music and learned to played the trombone at the age of 16. Griffith also played in school's drama and was thrilled to have a role in "The Lost Colony by Paul Green". He continue to play in several other roles until his graduation in 1944.

Griffith attended the University of North Carolina and was studying to become a preacher until he decided to change his major to music and graduated in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in music. After graduation he taught for three years in music and drama at the Goldsboro High School in North Carolina.

In 1953 Griffith produced an album which included the monologue "What It Was Was Football" and was perform first in Kenan Stadium and then later recorded and sold through Capitol Records. The album sold more than 800,000 copies becoming the hottest selling album in comedic history. And today still holds the record for most sold copies.

In 1955 he starred in the broadway hit "No Time for Sergeants", which he was nominated for a Tony for best supporting actor and later he reprised the role for a movie version with the same name. And in 1957 he appeared in "A Face in the Crowd" where he played Lonesome Rhodes and co-starred along side Patricia Neal, Lee Remick, Walter Matthau, and Tony Franisoca. The film was consider of his greatest performance.

In 1960 "The Andy Griffith Show" aired first time on television, in which he played Sheriff Andy Taylor, along with Don Knotts as Barney Fife (who won an Emmy for his role), Ron Howard as Opie and Frances Bavier as Aunt Bea. Although it became the most beloved and number one rated show, Griffith never was nominated for Emmy for his role as Sheriff Taylor. The show ran for eight years from 1960 to 1968

After the show ended, in 1972 that he started his production company called the Andy Griffith Enterprises. Griffith also starred in other television roles that were less successful such as "Headmaster" in 1970, "The New Andy Griffith Show" in 1971, "Adams of Eagle Lake" in 1975 and "The Yeagers" in 1980.

In 1985 he was sick with Guillain–Barré syndrome and after months in rehab he return work. And in 1986 he starred in Matlock which ran from 1986-1995 and was the top rated show on Tuesday nights.

He received a Grammy Award for the best southern, country or bluegrass album for "I Love to tell the Story" in 1997 and became a member in Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999 along with Lorretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrel, Lulu Roman, Jimmy Snow and others.

2005, he was award the Presidential Metal of Freedom by President Bush and in 2007 he became a member in Christian Music Hall of Fame.

Andy Griffith was the most beloved actors of his time and will be soley missed. May you rest in peace.


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