An actor with outstanding screen presence, and a singer Andy Griffith will always be remembered by all especially for his role in the ‘The Andy Griffith Show’. From television to films this man ruled everywhere with his charming persona that still makes him a favourite among many. The film ‘ A face in the crowd became one of his prominent film before he became popular in the world of television with Andy Griffith show and the film Matlock. Over his lifetime Griffith presented some of the best work which is still loved by many.
The legend died on 3rd of July 2012. But that doesn’t mean Griffith is no more important to us. It will be great to know about this wonderful human being by discussing the life, career, awards, achievements and the net worth of Andy Griffith till the time he was alive.
Early Life & Biography
Andy was born on 1st June 1926 in Mount Airy which is in North Carolina. He is the only son of Carl Lee Griffith and his loving wife Geneva. Andy’s family was poor and couldn’t even afford a home until his father started working. Griffith started his education at Mount Airy High School and from there he started developing an interest in the field of art specially music. For higher education Griffith went to University of North Carolina and achieved a degree in music. Soon after completing grads Andy started giving music and drama lessons to students of a high school and also started writing.
Andy Griffith was a Casanova who married thrice with all the beautiful women. In the year 1949 he got married for the first time with his Barbara Bray Edwards. The couple were happy for many years until they divorced in 1972. A year later Griffith was again married to Solica Cassuto, but even that ended up in a divorce after few years. Lastly he married Cindi Kinght in the year 1983.
Career, Awards & Nominations
After moving to New York City he made his television debut on Ed Sullivan show. Griffith delivered good performances and won a role at the play No time for Sergeants. The show became a hit and won a huge applause. Andy’s first film debut ‘A face in the Crowd’ took place in the year 1957. Around 1960 Griffith was seen doing a role of a mayor in a sitcom by CBS, and from there he got an opportunity to start his own show ‘The Andy Griffith Show’. The success of the show was beyond the imagination of the people involved in it.
The show had a continuous run for eight long years. After the show Andy’ success has reached the peak and he got offers for various films like Hearts of the west and many more. Some years later in 1972 Griffith formed his own production company Andy Grifith Enterprises and produced many films like Winter Kills to name one. In the later years the famous ‘Andy Griffith show’ made a comeback in the form of reunion where he hosted the special program was even the executive producer of the show.
Griffith won several awards during his active years in the industry. Some of the worth mentioning ones are Television hall of fame, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Grammy awards and many more.
Net Worth & Earnings
The estimated net worth of Andy Grifith till his last days was $60 million. Over the years he earned a huge asset by working in both films and television. The Andy Griffith show which made record in the history of American television gave him the biggest success in the form of fame and fortune.
A legend will always remain a legend, and Griffith is someone whose contribution will always be remembered by people behind the camera and even by the viewers. ‘The Andy Griffith show’ is still now one of the most successful programs in the history of television. The viewers who haven’t yet watched this man on screen must take out some time to view the magic he creates every time he appears in the show.