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Common misspelling: Andy Grifith; Andie Griffith, Andy Griffeth


Given Name

Date of Birth

Birth Place

Andrew Samuel Griffith

June 1, 1926

Mount Airy, North Carolina

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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.[1] 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.



Background Information


Andy Samuel Griffith

 June 1, 1926

 Mount Airy, North Carolina, United States




Mount Airy High School

Alma mater

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Actor, comedian, director, producer, singer (country, bluegrass & southern gospel), writer

Years active


Notable work(s)

The Andy Griffith Show,


Political party



Christian (Baptist/Moravian Church)


Barbara Bray Edwards (m. 1949–72) (divorced)

Solica Cassuto (m. 1975–81) (divorced)

Cindi Knight (1983–present)



Early life and education


Griffith was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, the only child of Geneva (née Nunn) and Carl Lee Griffith.[2] At a very young age, Griffith had to live with relatives until his parents could afford to get a home of their own. Without a crib or a bed, he slept in drawers for a few months. In 1929, when Griffith was three years old, his father took a job working as a carpenter and was finally able to purchase a home in Mount Airy's "blue-collar" southside.


Like his mother, Griffith grew up listening to music. His father instilled a sense of humor from old family stories. By the time he entered school he was well aware that he was from what many considered the "wrong side of the tracks". He was a shy student, but once he found a way to make his peers laugh, he began to come out of his shell and come into his own.


As a student at Mount Airy High School, Griffith cultivated an interest in the arts, and he participated in the school's drama program. A growing love of music, particularly swing, would change his life. Griffith was raised Baptist[3] and looked up to Ed Mickey, a minister at Grace Moravian Church, who led the brass band and taught him to sing and play the trombone. Mickey nurtured Griffith's talent throughout high school until graduation in 1944. Griffith was delighted when he was offered a role in The Lost Colony, a play still performed today on Roanoke Island. He performed as a cast member of the play for several years, playing a variety of roles, until he finally landed the role of Sir Walter Raleigh, the namesake of North Carolina's capital.


He began college studying to be a Moravian preacher, but he changed his major to music and became a part of the school's Carolina Play Makers. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and graduated with a bachelor of music degree in 1949. At UNC he was president of the UNC Men's Glee Club and a member of the Alpha Rho Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, America's oldest fraternity for men in music.[citation needed] He also played roles in several student operettas, including The Chimes of Normandy (1946), and Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers (1945), The Mikado (1948) and H.M.S. Pinafore (1949).[4]


After graduation, he taught English for a few years at Goldsboro High School in Goldsboro, North Carolina, where he taught, among others, Carl Kasell.[5] He also began to write.




From rising comedian to film star


Griffith's early career was as a monologist, delivering long stories such as What it Was, Was Football, which is told from the point of view of a rural backwoodsman trying to figure out what was going on in a football game.[6] Released as a single in 1953 on the Colonial label, the monologue was a hit for Griffith, reaching number nine on the charts in 1954.[7]


Griffith starred in a one-hour teleplay version of No Time for Sergeants (March 1955)—a story about a country boy in the US Air Force—on The United States Steel Hour, a television anthology series. He expanded that role in a full-length theatrical version of the same name (October 1955) on Broadway in New York City, New York.[8] His Broadway career also included the title role in the 1957 musical, Destry Rides Again, co-starring Delores Gray. The show, with a score by Harold Rome, ran for more than a year.


Griffith later reprised his role for the film version (1958) of No Time for Sergeants; the film also featured Don Knotts, as a corporal in charge of manual-dexterity tests, marking the beginning of a life-long association between Griffith and Knotts. No Time for Sergeants is considered the direct inspiration for the later television situation comedy Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.[9]


He also portrayed a US Coast Guard sailor in the feature film Onionhead (1958); it was neither a critical nor a commercial success.


Dramatic role in A Face in the Crowd (1957)


In 1957 Griffith made his film début, starring in the film A Face in the Crowd. Although he plays a "country boy", this country boy is manipulative and power-hungry, a drifter who becomes a television host and uses his show as a gateway to political power. Co-starring Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau, Tony Franciosa, and Lee Remick (in her film début as well), this now-classic film, directed by Elia Kazan, showcases Griffith's powerful talents. Written by Budd Schulberg, and partly based on the on-stage phoniness of Arthur Godfrey, the film demonstrated, quite early on, the power that television can have upon the masses. This prescient film was seldom run on television until the 1990s.[citation needed]


A 2005 DVD reissue of A Face in the Crowd includes a mini-documentary on the film, with comments from Schulberg and surviving cast members Griffith, Franciosa, and Neal. In his interview, Griffith, revered for his wholesome image for decades, reveals a more complex side of himself. He recalls Kazan prepping him to shoot his first scene with Remick's teenaged baton twirler, who captivates Griffith's character on a trip to Arkansas. Griffith also expresses his belief that the film was far more popular and respected in more recent decades than it was when originally released.


Television roles


Early television roles


Griffith's first appearance on television had been in 1955 in the one-hour teleplay of No Time for Sergeants on The United States Steel Hour. That was the first of two appearances on that series.


In 1960, Griffith appeared as a county sheriff (who was also a justice of the peace and the editor of the local newspaper) in an episode of Make Room for Daddy, starring Danny Thomas. This episode, in which Thomas' character is stopped for speeding in a little town, served as a backdoor pilot for The Andy Griffith Show. Both shows were produced by Sheldon Leonard.


The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)


Beginning in 1960, Griffith starred as Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show for the CBS television network. The show took place in the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina, where Taylor, a widower, was the sheriff and town sage. The show was filmed at Desilu Studios, with exteriors filmed at Forty Acres in Culver City, CA.


From 1960 to 1965, the show co-starred character actor and comedian—and Griffith's longtime friend—Don Knotts in the role of Deputy Barney Fife, Taylor's best friend and partner. He was also Taylor's cousin in the show. In the series première episode, in a conversation between the two, Fife calls Taylor "Cousin Andy", and Taylor calls Fife "Cousin Barney". The show also starred child actor Ron Howard (then known as Ronny Howard), who played Taylor's only child, Opie Taylor.


It was an immediate hit. Although Griffith never received a writing credit for the show, he worked on the development of every script. While Knotts was frequently lauded and won multiple Emmy Awards for his comedic performances (as did Frances Bavier in 1967), Griffith was never nominated for an Emmy Award during the show's run.


In 1967, Griffith was under contract with CBS to do one more season of the show. However, he decided to quit the show to pursue a movie career and other projects. The series continued as Mayberry R.F.D., with Ken Berry starring as a widower farmer and many of the regular characters recurring, some regularly and some as guest appearances. Griffith served as executive producer (according to Griffith, he came in once a week to review the week's scripts and give input) and guest starred in five episodes (the pilot episode involved his marriage to Helen Crump).[10] He made final appearances as Taylor in the 1986 reunion television film, Return to Mayberry, and in two reunion specials in 1993 and 2003.


Matlock (1986–1995)


After leaving his still-popular show in 1968, and starting his own production company (Andy Griffith Enterprises) in 1972, Griffith starred in less-successful television series such as Headmaster (1970), The New Andy Griffith Show (1971), Adams of Eagle Lake (1975) Salvage 1 (1979), and The Yeagers (1980).


After spending time in rehabilitation for leg paralysis from Guillain–Barré syndrome in 1986, Griffith returned to television as the title character, Ben Matlock, in the legal drama Matlock (1986–1995) on NBC and ABC. Matlock was a country lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia, who was known for his Southern drawl and for always winning his cases. Matlock also starred unfamiliar actors (both of whom were childhood fans of Andy Griffith) Nancy Stafford as Michelle Thomas (1987–1992) and Clarence Gilyard Jr. as Conrad McMasters (1989–1993). By the end of its first season it was a ratings powerhouse on Tuesday nights. Although the show was nominated for four Emmy Awards, Griffith once again was never nominated. He did, however, win a People's Choice Award in 1987 for his work as Matlock.


During the series' sixth season, he served as unofficial director, executive producer and writer of the show.


This show is mentioned on the TV's longest animated show The Simpsons and is noted as Grandpa Simpson's favorite show as well as Marge Simpson's mother Jacqueline Bouvier's as well.


Other television appearances


Griffith has also made other character appearances through the years on Playhouse 90, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Mod Squad, Hawaii Five-O, The Doris Day Show, Here's Lucy, The Bionic Woman, Fantasy Island, among many others. He also reprised his role as Ben Matlock on Diagnosis: Murder in 1997, and his most recent guest-starring role was in 2001 in an episode of Dawson's Creek.


Films (including television films)


For most of the 1970s, Griffith starred or appeared in many television films including The Strangers In 7A (1972), Go Ask Alice (1973), Winter Kill (1974), and Pray for the Wildcats (1974), which marked his first villainous role. Griffith appeared again as a villain in Savages (1974), a television film based on the novel Deathwatch (1972) by Robb White. Griffith received his only Primetime Emmy Award nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie for his role as the father of a murder victim in the television film Murder In Texas (1981) and won further acclaim for his role as a homicidal villain in the television film Murder in Coweta County (1983), co-starring music legend Johnny Cash as the sheriff. He also proved to be a good character actor and appeared in several television mini-series, including the television version of From Here to Eternity (1979), Roots: The Next Generations (1979), Centennial (1978), and the Watergate scandal-inspired Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977), playing a former president loosely based on Lyndon B. Johnson.


Most of the TV movies Griffith starred in were also attempts to launch a new series. 1974's Winter Kill launched the short lived Adams of Eagle Lake which was canceled after only two episodes in 1975. A year later, he starred as a New York City attorney for the DA's office in Street Killing which also failed to launch a new series. Two television films for NBC in 1977, The Girl in The Empty Grave and Deadly Game, were attempts for Griffith to launch a new series featuring him as Police Chief Abel Marsh, a more hard-edged version of Andy Taylor; despite strong ratings for both films, both were unsuccessful.


While appearing in television films and guest roles on television series over the next 10 years, Griffith also appeared in two feature films, both of which flopped at the box office. He co-starred with Jeff Bridges as a crusty old 1930s western actor in the comedy Hearts of the West (1975), and he appeared alongside Tom Berenger as a gay villainous colonel and cattle baron in the western comedy spoof Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985).


He also appeared as an attorney in the NBC mini-series Fatal Vision in 1984, which is considered a precursor to his role in Matlock.


Griffith stunned many unfamiliar with his A Face in the Crowd work in the television film Crime of Innocence (1985), where he portrayed a callous judge who routinely sentenced juveniles to hard prison time. He further stunned audiences with his role as a dangerous and mysterious grandfather in 1995's Gramps, co-starring the late John Ritter. He also appeared as a comical villain in the spy movie spoof Spy Hard (1996) starring Leslie Nielsen. In the television film A Holiday Romance (1999), Griffith played the role of "Jake Peterson." In the film Daddy and Them (2001), Griffith portrayed a patriarch of a dysfunctional southern family.


In the feature film Waitress (2007), Griffith played a crusty diner owner who takes a shine to Keri Russell's character. His latest appearance was the leading role in the romantic comedy, independent film Play The Game (2009) as a lonely, widowed grandfather re-entering the dating world after a 60-year hiatus. The cast of Play The Game also included Rance Howard, Ron Howard's real-life father, who made appearances in various supporting roles on The Andy Griffith Show, and Clint Howard, Ron's younger brother, who had the recurring role of Leon (the kid offering the ice cream cone or peanut butter sandwich) on TAGS.


Singing and recording career


Griffith sang as part of some of his acting roles, most notably in A Face In The Crowd and in many episodes of both The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. In addition to his recordings of comic monologues in the 1950s, he made an album of upbeat country and gospel tunes during the run of The Andy Griffith Show, which included a version of the show's theme sung by Griffith under the title "The Fishin' Hole". In recent years, he has recorded successful albums of classic Christian hymns for Sparrow Records. His most successful was the 1996 release I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns, which was certified platinum by the RIAA.[11]


Griffith appeared in country singer Brad Paisley's music video "Waitin' on a Woman" (2008).


Name dispute


William Harold Fenrick of Platteville, Wisconsin, legally changed his name to Andrew Jackson Griffith and ran unsuccessfully for sheriff of Grant County in November 2006. Subsequently, actor Griffith filed a lawsuit against Griffith/Fenrick, asserting that he violated trademark, copyright, and privacy laws by changing his name for the "sole purpose of taking advantage of Griffith's notoriety in an attempt to gain votes". On May 4, 2007, US District Court Judge John C. Shabaz ruled that Griffith/Fenrick did not violate federal trademark law because he did not use the Griffith name in a commercial transaction but instead strove "to seek elective office, fundamental First Amendment protected speech."[12]




R.G. Armstrong


The longest association Griffith has had began in 1949 with a then-unknown actor, R.G. Armstrong. They met when Armstrong was one of Griffith's and his first wife's students at UNC, where Armstrong majored in drama. After graduating from college, Armstrong went on to become a versatile character actor while attending The Actors Studio in New York City.


In the 1960s, they were reunited in an episode of The Andy Griffith Show, with Armstrong playing a farmer who was the father of a tomboy. In the 1980s, Armstrong made a guest appearance in a two-part episode of Matlock, which was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina (Griffith's place of residence), playing the role of a sheriff who introduces Matlock to a young, hotshot private investigator. Griffith and Armstrong keep in contact.


Don Knotts


Griffith's relationship with Knotts began in 1955, when they co-starred in the Broadway play No Time for Sergeants. Several years later, Knotts had a regular role on The Andy Griffith Show for five seasons. Knotts left the series in 1965 but periodically returned for guest appearances. He appeared in the pilot for Griffith's subsequent short-lived series, The New Andy Griffith Show, and he had a recurring role on Matlock, from 1988 to 1992.


They kept in contact until Knotts' death in early 2006. Griffith traveled from his Manteo, North Carolina home to Los Angeles, California, to visit a terminally ill Knotts in the hospital just before Knotts died from complications of lung cancer.[13]


Ron Howard


Griffith's friendship with Howard began in 1960, when they guest-starred in the episode of Make Room For Daddy that led to the formation of The Andy Griffith Show that same year. For eight seasons they shared a unique father-son relationship on the set. They guest-starred together in its spin-off series, Mayberry R.F.D., in an episode where Griffith's character married his long-time girlfriend. They also appeared in the episode Opie's Ill-Gotten Gain, in which Howard's character, Opie, runs away from home and attempts to enlist in the US Marines. Howard and Griffith starred together in most of "The Andy Griffith Show" episodes. They costarred in the television special Return to Mayberry (1986), in which the now-adult Opie is about to become a father, and they later appeared together in CBS reunion specials in 1993 and 2003.


Griffith made a surprise appearance as the ghost of Andy Taylor when Howard hosted Saturday Night Live in 1982. Howard did not make any cameo appearances on Matlock, but his mother, Jean Speegle Howard, had a small role in one episode. Howard attended the People's Choice Awards in 1987, where Griffith was honored.


Howard and Griffith keep in contact sharing news about family and personal activities. Howard and his family attended Waitress (2007), which they reportedly enjoyed.[citation needed] To this day, Griffith still calls Howard by his childhood nickname, Ronny.


In October 2008, Griffith and Howard briefly reprised their Mayberry roles in an online video Ron Howard’s Call to Action. It was posted to comedy video website Funny or Die. The video encouraged people to vote and endorsed Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Joe Biden.[14]


Personal life


Marriage and family


Griffith and Barbara Bray Edwards were married on August 22, 1949, and they adopted a son, Andrew Samuel Griffith Jr. (born in 1957 and known as Sam Griffith), a real-estate developer, and a daughter, Dixie Nan. They were divorced in 1972. Sam died in 1996 after years of alcoholism.[15]


He and Cindi Knight were married on April 12, 1983; they had met when he was filming Murder in Coweta County.


Political activities


In addition to his online video with Howard in 2008, in politics Griffith has favored Democrats and recorded television commercials endorsing North Carolina Governors Mike Easley[16] and Bev Perdue.[17] He spoke at the inauguration ceremonies of both.[18][19] In 1984, he declined an offer by Democratic party officials to run against Jesse Helms, a US Senator from North Carolina.[citation needed]


In July 2010, he also starred in ads about Medicare.[20]




Griffith's first serious health problem was in April 1983, when he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome[21][22] and could not walk for seven months because of paralysis from the knees down.


On May 9, 2000, he underwent quadruple heart-bypass surgery at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.[23] After a fall, Griffith underwent hip surgery on September 5, 2007, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.[24]




  • Andy and Cleopatra on Capitol Records - T 2066, (1964)

  • What it Was, Was Football (as Deacon Andy Griffith) on Capitol Records - EAP 1-498, (1953)

  • Just for Laughs (1958)

  • Shouts the Blues and Old Timey Songs (1959) (album includes a guest appearance by bluesmen Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry).

  • Somebody Bigger Than You and I (1972)

  • American Originals (1993)

  • Precious Memories: 33 Timeless Hymns (1995)

  • I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns (1996)

  • Sings Favorite Old-Time Songs (1997)

  • Just as I Am: 30 Favorite Old Time Hymns (1998)

  • Wit & Wisdom of Andy Griffith (1998)

  • Favorite Old Time Songs (2000)

  • Absolutely the Best (2002)

  • Back to Back Hits (2003)

  • The Christmas Guest (2003)

  • Bound for the Promised Land: The Best of Andy Griffith Hymns (2005)

  • The Collection (2005)

  • Pickin' and Grinnin': The Best of Andy Griffith (2005)





  • A Face in the Crowd (1957)

  • No Time for Sergeants (1958)

  • Onionhead (1958)

  • The Second Time Around (1961)

  • Angel in My Pocket (1969)

  • Hearts of the West (1975)

  • Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985)

  • Gramps (1995)[25]

  • Spy Hard (1996)

  • Daddy and Them (2001)

  • The Very First Noel (2006) (voice)

  • Waitress (2007)

  • Christmas Is Here Again (2007) (voice)

  • Play the Game (2008)

Short subjects

  • Rowan & Martin at the Movies (1968)

  • What It Was, Was Football (1997)

  • Waitin' on a Woman (music video by Brad Paisley featuring Griffith) (2008)

Television work

  • The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)

  • The Headmaster (1970–1971)

  • The New Andy Griffith Show (1971; cancelled after 13 episodes)

  • The Strangers In 7A (1972)

  • Go Ask Alice (1973)

  • Pray for the Wildcats (1974)

  • Winter Kill (1974)

  • Savages (1974)

  • Adams of Eagle Lake (1975; cancelled after two episodes)

  • Street Killing (1976)

  • Six Characters in Search of an Author (1976)

  • Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976) (voice)

  • Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977)

  • The Girl in the Empty Grave (1977)

  • Deadly Game (1977)

  • Centennial (1978; miniseries)

  • Salvage 1 (1979; cancelled after 20 episodes)

  • From Here to Eternity (1979; miniseries)

  • Roots: The Next Generations (1979; miniseries)

  • The Yeagers (1980; cancelled after two episodes)

  • Murder in Texas (1981)

  • For Lovers Only (1982)

  • Murder in Coweta County (1983)

  • The Demon Murder Case (1983)

  • Fatal Vision (1984) (miniseries)

  • Crime of Innocence (1985)

  • Return to Mayberry (1986)

  • Matlock (1986–1995)

  • Under the Influence (1986)

  • The Gift of Love (1994)

  • Gramps (1995)

  • Scattering Dad (1998)

  • A Holiday Romance (1999)



Mount Airy annually celebrates Griffith and his eponymous television series with "Mayberry Days", named after the fictional community of Mayberry in The Andy Griffith Show.[26]


A statue of the Mayberry characters, Andy and Opie, was constructed in Pullen Park in Raleigh, North Carolina, and at the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy.


C.F. Martin & Company, guitar manufacturers, offers an Andy Griffith signature model guitar. Limited edition in 2004 of the D-18 Model with 311 units total production. Patterned after Andy's own 1956 D-18.


Griffith received a Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album for I Love to Tell the Story — 25 Timeless Hymns in 1997.


In 1999 Griffith was inducted into the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame with fellow artists Lulu Roman, Barbara Mandrell, David L. Cook, Gary S. Paxton, Jimmy Snow, Loretta Lynn, and Jody Miller.[27]


In October 2002, an 11-mile (18 km) stretch of US Highway 52 that passes through Mount Airy was dedicated as the Andy Griffith Parkway.


He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush on November 9, 2005.[28]


A few weeks earlier, he had helped preside over the reopening of UNC's Memorial Hall and donated a substantial amount of memorabilia from his career to the university.


In 2007, he was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame and Museum.[29]




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 10.^ Database (undated). "Full Cast and Crew for Mayberry R.F.D.. Internet Movie Database. Accessed January 14, 2010.

 11.^ RIAA Gold & Platinum (May 21, 2010)

 12.^ "Andy Griffith Sues Former Wisconsin Sheriff's Candidate". WEAU.com. Retrieved 2 April 2011.

 13.^ Collins, Scott (February 25, 2006). "Don Knotts, Star of 'The Andy Griffith Show,' Dead at 81 — Knotts Died Friday Night of Pulmonary and Respiratory Complications at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills". The Los Angeles Times (via The Morning Call). Accessed January 14, 2010.

 14.^ online video

 15.^ Van Derbeken, Jaxon (January 18, 1996)."Andy Griffith's Son Dies after Battling Alcoholism" Los Angeles Daily News (hosted by TheFreeLibrary.com). Accessed January 14, 2010.

 16.^ Ryanteaguebeckwith (June 21, 2008). "What It Was, Was a Debate". Blog at The News & Observer. Accessed January 14, 2010.

 17.^ Ryanteaguebeck (October 27, 2008). Andy also recorded commercials with ron Howard endorsing the candidacy of Barack Obama in 2008 "Perdue's 'Whistling' Ad from Griffith". (includes video; requires Adobe Flash). Blog at The News & Observer. Accessed January 14, 2010.

 18.^ Johnson, Mark (January 7, 2009). "Yes, Andy Will Be There". Blog at The News & Observer. Accessed January 14, 2010.

 19.^ Bniolet (January 10, 2009). "Oh, the Places You'll Govern". Blog at The News & Observer. Accessed January 14, 2010.

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 21.^ "Andy Griffith in Hospital". The Pittsburgh Press. May 17, 1983. Retrieved 2010-09-11.

 22.^ "Andy Griffith recovering from Ailment". Lodi News-Sentinel. May 18, 1983. Retrieved 2010-09-11.

 23.^ "Andy Griffith recovering from heart attack, bypass surgery". The Tuscaloosa News. June 14, 2000. Retrieved 2010-09-11.

 24.^ Griffith has hip surgery

 25.^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113206/

 26.^ Staff writer (undated). "20th Annual Mayberry Days — Thursday–Sunday, September 24–27, 2009". Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce & Mount Airy Visitors Center. Accessed January 14, 2010.

 27.^ Table (undated). "Hall of Fame Inductees". Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Accessed January 14, 2010.

 28.^ Press release (November 9, 2005). "Citations for Recipients of the 2005 Presidential Medal of Freedom". Office of the Press Secretary, White House. Accessed January 14, 2010.

 29.^ Table (undated). "Listed Below are the 2007 Hall of Fame Inductees". Christian Music Hall of Fame. Accessed January 14, 2010.



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1. The Fishin' Hole

2. What It Was, Was Football (Part I & II)

3. Cindy

4. Love Poems: To The Lovely Juanita Beasley

5. Make Yourself Comfortable

6. North Carolina, My Home State

7. The Preacher And The Bear

8. Romeo And Juliet (Part I And II)

9. Love Poems: Togetherness

10. Swan Lake

11. Flop Eared Mule

12. Hamlet

13. The Discovery Of America

14. Don't Look Back

15. Opera Carmen

16. Andy And Cleopatra

17. The Midnight Special

18. The Andy Griffith Theme

1. Somebody Bigger Than You And I

2. Take My Hand Precious Lord

3. When They Ring The Golden Bells

4. Just A Little Talk With Jesus

5. Lead Me To That Rock

6. Precious Memories

7. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

8. It Is No Secret

9. Turn Your Radio On

10. I'll Fly Away

11. I'm Gonna Write A Song


1. Shall We Gather At The River/Will The Circle '...'

2. Precious Memories

3. The Old Rugged Cross/Near The Cross

4. When They Ring The Golden Bell/In The Sweet.......

5. We're Marching To Zion/When The Saints Go...

6. Sweet Hour Of Prayer/What A Friend We Have In ....

7. How Great Thou Art

8. Sweet Prospect/ I Am Bound For The Promised Land

9. Amazing Grace/Grace Greater Than All Our Sin

10. I Love To Tell The Story

11. Wayfaring Stranger

12. Softly And Tenderly/I Surrender All/Pass Me Not

13. Whispering Hope

14. When We All Get To Heaven/We'll Understand It's...













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2. Conversation With A Mule

3. The Preacher And The Bear

4. Andy And Cleopatra

5. Romeo & Juliet (Parts 1 & 2)

6. The Discovery Of America

7. Love Poems: To The Lovely Juanita Beasley

8. Swan Lake

9. Opera Carmen

10. Silhouettes


1. There's Power In The Blood/Down At The Cross (Glory To His Name)

2. Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me/All The Way My Savior Leads Me/He Leadeth Me/Take The Name Of Jesus...

3. The Church In The Wildwood

4. Just As I Am/Jesus, I Come/I Need Thee Every Hour

5. When I Can Read My Title Clear

6. Beautiful Isle/Beulah Land/The Unclouded Day

7. I'll Fly Away/A New Name Written Down In Glory

8. Does Jesus Care/His Eye Is On The Sparrow

9. God Will Take Care Of You/Just A Little Talk With Jesus

10. No Not One/'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus

11. What Wondrous Love Is This/Jesus, Lover Of My Soul

12. Take Time To Be Holy/Near To The Heart Of God

13. It Is No Secret

14. Onward, Christian Soldiers/Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus

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2. Jack, The Giant Killer

3. Flop Eared Mule

4. Ellie's Theme

5. Sourwood Mountain

6. The Man Hunt

7. The Fishin' Hole

8. Aunt Bee

9. The New River Train

10. Mayberry March

11. Cindy

12. Barney's Hoe Down

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2. Make Yourself Comfortable       

3. The Crawdad Song       

4. The Midnight Special       

5. Flop-Eared Mule       

6. What It Was, Was Football       

7. Romeo And Juliet       

8. Andy & Cleopatra       

9. Sourwood Mountain       

10. Cindy       

11. North Carolina, My Home State       

12. Mama Guitar       

13. The Fishin' Hole 


1. The Christmas Guest (Story)

2. Joy To The World

3. O Come, O Come Emmanuel / What Child Is This?

4. Jesus' Birth in Bethlehem, Luke 2 (Story)

5. Go Tell It On The Mountain

6. Away In A Manger / Golden Slumber

7. Beautiful Savior

8. The Juggler (Story)

9. I Wonder As I Wander

10. Jesus Walked That Lonesome Valley

11. Belleau Wood (Story)

12. Silent Night









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1. Shall We Gather At The River/Will The Circle Be Unbroken

2. Precious Memories

3. Sweet Prospect/I Am Bound For The Promised Land

4. Amazing Grace/Grace Greater Than All Our Sin

5. I Love To Tell The Story

6. When We All Get To Heaven/We'll All Understand It Better By And By/When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

7. There's Power In The Blood/Down At The Cross (Glory To His Name)

8. We're Marching To Zion/When The Saints Go Marching In

9. There Is A Fountain/Are You Washed/Nothing But The Blood

10. Church In The Wildwood

11. Just As I Am/Jesus, I Come/I Need Thee Every Hour

12. When I Can Read My Title Clear

13. I'll Fly Away/A New Name Written Down In Glory

14. Does Jesus Care/His Eye Is On The Sparrow

15. God Will Take Care Of You/Just A Little Talk With Jesus

16. What Wonderous Love Is This/Jesus, Lover Of My Soul

17. It Is No Secret

18. Beautiful Savior

19. Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley

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2. Make Yourself Comfortable       

3. Crawdad Song       

4. Midnight Special       

5. Flop-Eared Mule       

6. What It Was, Was Football, Pts. 1-2       

7. Romeo and Juliet, Pts. 1-2       

8. Andy and Cleopatra       

9. Sourwood Mountain       

10. Cindy       

11. North Carolina, My Home State       

12. Mama Guitar       

13. Fishin' Hole 



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Matlock: The Fortune (TV movie)


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The Gift of Love (TV movie)

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Ben Matlock

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What It Was Was Football

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Jack MacGruder

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Christmas Is Here Again (video)

Play the Game


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