Andy Griffith is a true icon of American television. He had a career spanning over fifty years, dividing himself between theatre, song, cinema and television.
The actor is perhaps best known for playing Matlock . He began his career playing the lead role in A Face in the Crowd by Elia Kazan in 1957.
He then toured under the direction of Mervyn LeRoy or, more recently, in Waitress by Adrienne Shelly.
But the actor has especially marked the small screen with series like The Andy Griffith Show where he plays Andy Taylor, a nice and philosophical sheriff from a small town in the United States.
The show was a really huge success, regularly ranked among the most popular sitcoms ever made, and which lasted 8 seasons.
In 1968, when the series stops, Griffith turns especially to do telefilms. Much later he experienced a resurgence in popularity with Matlock.
This production, initiated by NBC in 1986 before being taken over by ABC, was spread over nine seasons, or 194 episodes.
Andy Griffith as Ben Matlock
Andy Griffith played Benjamin Matlock, a famous defence lawyer who leads the cases for which he is responsible thanks to his daughter, Charlene (first season), the lawyer Michelle Thomas, and the private detective Tyler Hudson.
This legal series, in the tradition of Perry Mason, was widely broadcast, in the second part of the evening and then sometimes during the day, before eventually disappearing from screens…only to return in syndication.
He – Andy, that is – was the executive producer of the series, as well as the writer and director on some episodes.
Seen as a guest-star in many shows (Hawaii State Police, Dawson, among others), Andy Griffith remains America’s favorite sheriff from here to across the Atlantic, which he played in the 1960s.
He was also the on-screen dad of a certain Ron Howard, future Happy Days’ Richie Cunningham and future successful director.
For the record, Andy Griffith wanted to become an opera singer.
In the 1940s he turned to music, which he later studied and taught.
It was when he met his future wife, actress Barbara Edwards that he began acting on stage.
One of his sketches, What it was was football , was one of the most popular when it was released in 1953.
In 1981, he was nominated for an Emmy Award thanks to the TV movie Murder in Texas.