His character Ben Matlock appeared on 3 different networks. On NBC when the show Matlock ran from 1986-1992. On ABC when the show transferred there and ran from 1992-1995. And on CBS when he made a guest appearance on Diagnosis Murder in the episode, Murder Two.
Former The Andy Griffith Show co-star, Ron Howard, alongside himself had both endorsed Barack Obama, for the 2008 Democratic candidate for president.
Andy Griffith plays the older gentleman who sits down and tells his story to Brad Paisley's character, in the music video for Paisley's song "Waiting on a Woman."
Andy Griffith's first credited role was in 1953 on the United States Steel hours presentation of No Time For Sergeants. Andy Griffith later (in 1958) starred in the movie of the same name. The Andy Griffith Show spinoff, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. was based on No Time For Sergeants.
Andy played Samuel Whitehead in the 1969 film Angel in My Pocket.
Andy played Larry Rhodes in the 1957 movie A Face in the Crowd.
Andy is going to be the voice of "Santa Claus" in the upcoming film Christmas Is Here Again.
Andy's children were both adopted.
Andy was born on the same day as Marilyn Monroe, June 1 1926.
In 1983 Andy suffered from Guillain Barre Syndrome. Because of that Andy couldn't walk for seven months.
Andy played Howard Pike in the 1975 film Hearts of the West.
Andy's son died in 1996 because of alcoholism.
In 2000 Andy underwent a quadruple bypass.
Andy played Old Joe in the 2006 film Waitress.
Andy played Jake Peterson in the 1999 film "A Holiday Romance".
Andy played O.T. Montgomery in the 2001 film "Daddy and Them".
Andy went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Andy was married to Barbara Edwards from 1949 until 1972. Then got married to Solica Cassuto from 1973 till 1981. Then got married to Cindi Knight. They have been married since 1983.
Andy is 6'(1.83 m)
Andy played General Rancor in the 1996 film Spy Hard.
Andy: (when believed that Ron Howard will cast him in one of his former co-star's anticipated directorial movies): Ron Howard called me a few mornings ago. He and his wife had seen it and he wanted to tell me how he liked it. And he thought I was good in it, too, and he said, 'Sometime, it will happen.' I look forward to it when it does happen. At least Ronnie still knows that I'm a pretty good actor.
Andy: (as to how he valued Don Knotts as an actor and best friend): I loved Don. There was no one like him.
Andy: (when making a guest appearance, if he was interested in responding about himself being a Christian) I did the 'Crook & Chase' show, while I was in Nashville. They asked me if I had a church background, and when I said I was born a Baptist, that got the audience on fire. They must have all been Baptists.
Andy: I still play that guitar. It's a Martin D-18 with a clear pick guard. I've played that guitar on and off my TV shows for nearly 50 years.
Andy: (on his singing) I sang 'A Closer Walk with Thee,' along with blues singer, Brownie McGhee, ... Then, there was a show were Carol Huston, an actress on Matlock sang, It Is Well With My Soul, accompanied by a choir. Boy, that was powerful.
Andy: (on his off-camera relationship with Frances Bavier, who played Aunt Bee) There was just something about me she did not like.
Andy: (speaking about The Andy Griffith Show) Whenever Don Knotts and I were waiting for lighting cues, we would sing hymns in harmony... The show depicted Barney as tone deaf, but Don has a beautiful tenor voice.
Andy: I was baptized alongside my mother when I was 8 years old. Since then I have tried to walk a Christian life. And now that I'm getting older I realiz that I'm walking closer with my God.
Andy: "You know when you're young you think you will always be, ... As you become more fragile, you reflect and you realize how much comfort can come from the past. Hymns can carry you into the future."
Andy:"Hymns are companions for life travelers."