- Suffered from Guillain-Barre Syndrome and couldn't walk for 7 months. 
- His two children are adopted.
- His son died of alcoholism in 1996.
- Two children, Andy and Dixie, from his first marriage to 'Barbara Edwards'
- In 1987 when he accepted the People's Choice Award, he said he was happy it was for "Matlock" (1986). He said that "Matlock" (1986) was his favorite character to date.
- 9 May 2000 - Underwent a quadruple bypass.
- He was the Tuesday night host for CBS Radio's "Sears Mystery Theater" (1979). He was still Tuesday's host when it became "The Mutual Radio Theater" on Mutual Radio (1980).
- Attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity.
- He recorded some albums of standup comedy routines. Among his classic routines is "And What It Was, Was Football."
- Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 195-196. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
- Andy Taylor, Griffith's character on "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960), was ranked #8 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
- Recorded a gospel album called "I Love To Tell The Story" in 1996 that became a hit and won a Grammy.
- Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1956, as Best Supporting of Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "No Time for Sergeants," and in 1960 as Best Actor (Musical) for "Destry Rides Again."
- During a 1959 performance of the Broadway musical "Destry Rides Again", in which Griffith starred opposite Dolores Gray, a small fire broke out backstage at the Imperial Theater. Although it was put out within a few minutes time, without causing any major damage, just enough smoke drifted toward the stage that there could have been a panic had not Griffith and Gray continued on with the scene as though nothing was happening. For their bravery, they were rewarded by the audience that night with a standing ovation and by the New York City Fire Comissioner with citations for heroism.
- He and Marilyn Monroe were born on the same day, June 1, 1926.
- Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush on 9 November 2005. Other recipients were Frank Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Gen. Richard Myers, Paul Rusesabagina, Carol Burnett,Aretha Franklin, Vint Cerf and his Internet codeveloper Robert Kahn, Jack Nicklaus, Alan Greenspan, and former congressman G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery.
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