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Also Known As: Died: July 3, 2012
Born: June 1, 1926 Cause of Death: Heart Attack
Birth Place: Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Taught high school music in Goldsboro, NC for three years after graduating from college
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Struck out on a career as an entertainer; originally wanted to be a singer, but had more success with a monologue parodying popular Johnny Ray song "Please Mr. Sun"
1953:
Recorded "What It Was Was Football," one of the most popular comedic monologues of all time
1954:
Made TV debut guesting on an episode of "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS)
1954:
Read Mac Hayman's novel <i>No Time for Sergeants</i> and later found out that the Theatre Guild was presenting it as a play on TV, which was bound for Broadway; auditioned and won the role of Will Stockdale, playing it on TV's "U.S. Steel Hour" (ABC, CBS)
1955:
Made Broadway debut in "No Time for Sergeants"; received Tony nomination
1957:
Made feature film debut with a leading role in Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd"
1956:
Appeared as a regular on the NBC variety series "The Steve Allen Show"
1959:
Returned to Broadway in the lead of the musicalized "Destry Rides Again"; received Tony nomination for Actor in a Musical
1960:
Starred as folksy sheriff and single father Andy Taylor on the popular CBS sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show"
1965:
Co-hosted his first TV variety special "The Andy Griffith-Don Knotts-Jim Nabors Show"
1968:
First TV producing credit, as executive producer of the "The Andy Griffith Show" spin-off "Mayberry R.F.D." (CBS)
1969:
First TV writing credit, "Looking Back", a nostalgic look at young people growing up during the 1930s
1970:
Starred as elite private school headmaster Andy Thompson on the CBS comedy-drama series "Headmaster"
1971:
Starred as Mayor Andy Sawyer on the CBS sitcom "The New Andy Griffith Show"
1972:
TV-movie acting debut, "The Strangers in 7A" (CBS)
1972:
Former production company Andy Griffith Enterprises
1974:
First TV production of Andy Griffith Enterprises, the TV-movie "Winter Kill" (ABC); also starred
1975:
Last leading role in a feature, "Hearts of the West"; took second billing to Jeff Bridges
1975:
Starred as Sheriff Sam Adams on the short-lived ABC crime drama series "Adams of Eagle Lake," which was produced by Andy Griffith Enterprises
1977:
Acted in first TV miniseries, "Washington: Behind Closed Doors" (ABC)
1979:
Starred as Harry Broderick on the ABC adventure series "Salvage 1"
1980:
Played Carroll Yeager on the short-lived ABC drama series "The Yeagers"
1981:
First supporting role on a TV series, the Western comedy "Best of the West" (ABC)
1986:
Played the title role of Benjamin L. Matlock on the courtroom drama series "Matlock" (NBC, 1986-1993; ABC, 1993-95); also co-executive produced
1986:
Executive produced and reprised Andy Taylor role in the TV-movie "Return to Mayberry" (NBC), the highest rated TV-movie of its season
1993:
Executive produced and hosted the CBS comedy compilation special "The Andy Griffith Show Reunion," which reunited cast members and included clips from the series
2001:
Landed supporting role in "Daddy and Them," starring Billy Bob Thornton, Laura Dern, and Diane Ladd
2001:
Guest starred on The WB's hit teen drama "Dawson's Creek"
2007:
Appeared as 'Old Joe,' the diner owner in the indie feature "Waitress"
2009:
Made final film appearance in the romantic comedy "Play the Game"

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