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ANDY GRIFFITH is best known for his starring roles in two very popular TV series, "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock.” In the 1950s, Griffith 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).

On "The Andy Griffith Show" (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 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 of Ash Robinson in "Murder in Texas” (1981).

In 1986 Griffith produced and starred in the successful TV series "Matlock" (1986). The show spawned numerous TV movies as well.

Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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