Andy Griffith Timeline

From the WSJ (I think they could have added BRIEF to the title, but it’s a start)

Andy Samuel Griffith

  • Born June 1, 1926, in Mount Airy to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Griffith.
  • Graduated from Mount Airy High School in 1944.
  • Studied music at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; graduated in 1949.
  • Taught school and high school glee club in Goldsboro before becoming an actor.
  • Played Sir Walter Raleigh for seven years in “The Lost Colony,” performed by the Carolina Playmakers in Manteo.
  • Created a one-man show while living in Goldsboro that he performed for area civic clubs; he came up with his famous “What It Was, Was Football” monologue on the way to a gig.
  • Griffith recorded the monologue at a recording studio in Goldsboro. A record executive for Capitol Records heard it on the radio and signed Griffith to a recording contract.
  • In 1954 Griffith performed in the Broadway play and TV adaptation of “No Time for Sergeants.” His career was on the way up. A movie version was released in 1958.
  • In 1957 he was in “A Face in the Crowd,” playing Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes, a bumpkin who becomes a TV superstar but is not the man the public believes him to be.
  • In 1960 Griffith created his best-known role, Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry. The show, based on Mount Airy, ran for eight years.
  • In the 1970s and 1980s Griffith did guest-starring roles on TV shows and movies and was in several mini-series and made-for-TV movies.
  • In 1986 Griffith created Ben Matlock, his second well-known character. Matlock was a lawyer based in Atlanta, and like another well-known TV lawyer, Perry Mason, his clients were rarely found guilty. “Matlock” lasted until 1995.
  • In 2005 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
  • July 3, 2012, Griffith died at his home on Roanoke Island.

Good Video here. Keep watching when the first one is over. There are more!

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