Andy Samuel Griffith     


Andy Samuel Griffith was Born in Mount Airy, North Carolina on June 1, 1926 to Carl Lee and Geneva Nann Nunn Griffith. He has no brothers or sisters. Andy Griffith started studying to become a preacher, but then changed to music and drama. Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1944. In the 1950s he became a regular on the Ed Sullivan Show and the Steve Allen Show.

He was featured in the Broadway play "No Time for Sergeants" (1955) for which he received a Tony nomination, and he later appeared in the film version. His film debut was in the provocative and prophetic A Face in the Crowd (1957), in which Griffith gave a performance that has been described as stunning. All of these pursuits worked to launch his career with a preacher act. 

He played Sir Walter Raleigh with a British accent. But it was his folksy, down-home North Carolina accent that made him a star.  His career spanned the decades in radio, stage, TV and film. His long-running TV comedy series as a southern sheriff in "The Andy Griffith Show" established him as a television icon. Today he is best known for his portrayal of small-town lawyer on the popular television series, Matlock.

In _"Andy Griffith Show, The" (1960)_, Griffith portrayed a folksy small-town sheriff who shared simple heartfelt wisdom. The show was one of the most popular TV series in history. It generated some successful spin-offs, and the original is still seen in re-runs to this day.

Griffith created his own production company in 1972, which produced several movies and TV series. In 1981 he was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal in Murder in Texas (1981) (TV). In 1983 Griffith was stricken with Guillain-Barre syndrome, but he recovered after rehabilitation.

In 1986 he produced and starred in the very successful TV series "Matlock" (1986). The show spawned numerous TV movies as well. When he accepted the People's Choice Award for this show, he said this was his favorite role.



Memorable Quotes from
"The Andy Griffith Show" (1960)


[shouting to several prisoners]

Barney Fife: Now here at the Rock we have two rules. Memorize them until you can say them in your sleep. Rule number one: obey all rules. Rule number two: no writing on the walls.

Barney Fife: The last big buy was my mom's and dad's anniversary present.
Andy Taylor: What'd ya get 'em?
Barney Fife: A septic tank.
Andy Taylor: For their anniversary?
Barney Fife: They're awful hard to buy for. Besides, it was something they could use. They were really thrilled. It had two tons of concrete in it. All steel reinforced.
Andy Taylor: You're a fine son, Barn.
Barney Fife: I try.

Barney Fife: Man, we really packed it away, didn't we?
Andy Taylor: Yeah, boy.
Barney Fife: Fortunately, none of mine goes to fat. All goes to muscle.
Andy Taylor: Does, huh?
Barney Fife: It's a mark of us Fifes. Everything we eat goes to muscle. [pats tummy] See there?

Floyd Lawson: You know, everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it. Calvin Coolidge said that.
Andy Taylor: No, Floyd, that wasn't Calvin Coolidge that said that, it was Mark Twain.
Floyd Lawson: Then what did Calvin Coolidge say?

Barney Fife: Well, today's eight-year-olds are tomorrow's teenagers. I say this calls for action and now! Nip it in the bud! First sign of youngsters going wrong, you've got to nip it in the bud.
Andy Taylor: I'm going to have a talk with them. What else do you want me to do?
Barney Fife: Well, don't just mollycoddle them.
Andy Taylor: I won't.
Barney Fife: Nip it! You go read any book you ant on the subject of child discipline and you'll find every one of them is in favor of bud-nipping.

Andy Taylor: Well, Barney, you know we always give the truck drivers an extra five miles an hour so they can make it up Turner's Grade.
Barney Fife: Now Andy, if you let them take thirty, they'll take thirty-five. If you let them take thirty-five, they'll take forty. If you let them take forty, they'll take forty-five. If you...
Andy Taylor: Uh, Barn.

Barney Fife: If there's anything that upsets me, it's having people say I'm sensitive.

[Reassuring Opie after releasing a group of dogs to the countryside as a thunderstorm approaches.]
Barney Fife: A dog can't get struck by lightning. you know why? 'Cause he's too close to the ground. See, lightning strikes tall things. Now if they were giraffes out there in the field, now then we'd have trouble.

Andy: Goob, did anybody ever tell you you've got a big mouth?
Goober Pyle: Yeah, but I don't pay no attention to 'em.

Barney Fife: [angry] Oh, you're just full of fun today, aren't you? Why don't we go up to the old people's home and wax the steps?

[After a haircut at Floyd's]
Andy: Floyd!
Floyd Lawson: What's the matter?
Andy: My sideburns!
Floyd Lawson: Your sideburns--what's the matter with your sideburns?
Andy: Why, they're both even!
Floyd Lawson: Well, I'll be dogged! How'd that happen?
Andy: I declare, Floyd, I believe you're getting the hang of it. And looka there--they're the right length and everything.

Aunt Bee Taylor: Did you like the white beans you had for supper?
Andy: Uh huh.
Aunt Bee Taylor: Well, you didn't say anything.
Andy: Well, I ate four bowls. If that ain't a tribute to white beans, I don't know what is.
Aunt Bee Taylor: Well...
Andy: Eating speaks louder than words.
Aunt Bee Taylor: You know, your education was worth every penny of it.

Andy: What are you doing?
Barney Fife: Gun-drawing practice, ten minutes every day. If I ever have to use this baby, I want to teach it to come to papa in a hurry.

Barney Fife: Well, I guess to sum it up, you could say, there's three reasons why there's so little crime in Mayberry. There's Andy, and there's me, and [patting gun] baby makes three.

Andy: When a man carries a gun all the time, the respect he thinks he's getting might really be fear. So I don't carry a gun because I don't want the people of Mayberry to fear a gun. I'd rather they respect me.

Barney Fife: If only someone would just kill somebody...
Andy: Barney!
Barney Fife: Well, maybe somebody would come through town and if they was gonna do some killin' anyways, they may as well do it here.


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