Andy Griffith

Leanue Harrelson loved his family, animals and Andy Griffith

A graveside service for Leanue Harrelson, 73, will be held Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. in Pleasant Union Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Johnson officiating. Mr. Harrelson passed away at his residence Aug, 17, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Linda Gail Harrelson and...

A visit to Andy Griffith's "Mayberry," a town that never was

This report was originally broadcast September 19, 2021. That tall, amiable sheriff and his little boy, Opie, heading to a fishing hole on the outskirts of Mayberry, North Carolina, at the start of "The Andy Griffith Show," were actually strolling along a lake in Beverly Hills, California. Ron Howard, the...
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Andy Griffith’s Mount Airy roots

Born in 1926, Andy Griffith, hails from the tiny mountain town of Mount Airy, North Carolina, which pays tribute to him and his famous show. The Andy Griffith show started in 1960 and aired for eight years, taking place in the fictional town of Mayberry based on Mount Airy. Today visitors can learn more about the actor and the show as they visit places like the Andy Griffith Museum, the Old Mayberry Jail and even Griffith’s childhood home.

What Andy Griffith’s Daughter Said About Him

For eight seasons, Americans rarely missed an episode of the Andy Griffith Show and the lovable Sheriff Andy Taylor. Ending in 1986, many might not remember that America’s beloved Andy Taylor was created thanks to an entirely different show, The Danny Thomas Show. During an episode, Danny is caught running a stop sign and is ultimately arrested for it. Full of comedic moments, the sheriff who arrested Danny was none other than Andy Griffith playing Andy Taylor. The small moment led to a defining role in television history. But while most remember Andy Griffith as a prime example of a great person, his daughter, Dixie, recently opened up about her father and the legacy he left behind.

Meet Andy Griffith’s Two Adopted Children, See Their Names

Iconic TV actor Andy Griffith is best remembered for playing Andy Taylor, sheriff of Mayberry, on the classic TV show The Andy Griffith Show. The show turned Griffith into a household name and ran for eight popular seasons. In the show, his son was Opie Taylor, played by child star turned famed filmmaker, Ron Howard.

Andy Griffith Struggled To ‘Emulate’ the Perfect Characters He Played On-Screen

During his presence on television, Andy Griffith was more than a friendly face as he appeared to embody an entire generation. While his success led him to own a 70-acre estate on Roanoke Island, the actor never forgot where he came from. His daughter, Dixie Griffith, admitted nothing appealed to him more than spending the summer months in North Carolina. And while he was considered rich and famous, Dixie added, “He would go into stores barefoot — sometimes even without a shirt! He wasn’t a typical Hollywood type.”

Here’s Why Andy Griffith Got Bullied as a Kid in North Carolina

In hindsight, it seems difficult to believe that someone as affable as Andy Griffith, the king of classic TV stars, would be disliked. But back when he was growing up in Mount Airy, N.C., a mostly blue-collar small town, his classmates bullied Griffith. Kids believed he was different, he was the rich kid. So they made fun of him.
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Music Man opens at Andy Griffith Playhouse on Friday

David Timm as Harold Hill rehearsing a scene from The Music Man. (Hobart Jones | Surry Arts Council) The Surry Arts Players will be performing Music Man directed by Tyler Matanick this weekend. There will be Friday and Saturday July 22-23 performances at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday performance at 3 p.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

Local woman meets Andy Griffith

25 Years Ago July 17- 23, 1997 Christa M. Wright, a junior from Columbus majoring in elementary education with a minor in music, was recognized with a Hoerner Scholarship from the Music Department at Pittsburg State University for the 1997-98 academic year. She is the daughter of Glen and Janie Wright of Columbus. Gary Stephens was elected board president of the Cherokee USD247 Board of…

‘Matlock’: Why Andy Griffith Pushed for Kari Lizer to Join the Show

After struggling in Hollywood for years, Kari Lizer landed a major role in Matlock. And it was all thanks to a reference by the one and only Andy Griffith. Lizer’s first appearance in the classic TV series was in a 1986 episode titled The Angel. In a guest role, she played a primadonna rockstar who ended up on trial for murder after a drunken night on the town lead to her music manager’s death.

Andy Griffith character actors visit Tuscaloosa to promote 'Mayberry Man'

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - A movie based on a much beloved television show “The Andy Griffith Show” appears this weekend in Tuscaloosa. If you grew up in the South, you probably watched the TV Show and became a fan. Now fans in West Alabama have a chance to see actors tell a new story about the folks from Mayberry Saturday at Tuscaloosa’s Bama Theater.