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Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith
Andy Griffith receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Personal information
Birth nameAndy Samuel Griffith
Birth dateJune 1, 1926(age 90)
Place of birthMount Airy, North Carolina, United States
NationalityAmerican
EducationMount Airy High School
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
OccupationActor, comedian, director, producer, singer (country, bluegrass & southern gospel), writer
Years active1954 present
Notable worksThe Andy Griffith Show
Political partyDemocrat
SpouseBarbara Bray Edwards (m. 1949 72) (divorced)
Solica Cassuto (m. 1975 81) (divorced)
Cindi Knight (1983 present)

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Andy Samuel Griffith (born June 1, 1926) is an American actor, director, producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer. He gained prominence in the starring role in director Elia Kazan's epic film A Face in the Crowd (1957) before he became better known for his television roles, playing the lead characters in the 1960-68 situation comedy, The Andy Griffith Show, and in the 1986-95 legal drama, Matlock. Griffith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President George W. Bush on November 9, 2005.


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