Andy Griffith News Archive

Still searching for the real Andy Griffith

Before he died five Julys ago at his Manteo estate on the Outer Banks, Andy Griffith might have realized he’d leave the world guessing about what he was really like. He might have gotten a kick out of that. He’d made quite a journey since being born into modest means 86 years before in Mount Airy. One of the most amazing parts of it was that he managed to remain a private person.

UNC has impressive young alumni in a variety of fields

Andy Griffith, Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm — need I name more? UNC is home to some amazing people who have made their mark following graduation. Here’s a list of noteworthy UNC alumni who have graduated in the 21st century. CNN news anchor, Brooke Baldwin seems like she has it all. She came back to speak at UNC's 2017 commencement.

How crazy would it be if Tar Heels, Gamecocks meet in NCAA title game?

An all-Carolinas national final in the NCAA tournament could be only a week away. Can you wrap your mind around it? Just think: Gamecocks vs. Tar Heels. Charleston vs. Asheville. Peaches vs. tobacco. Refrigerator Perry vs. Michael Jordan. Barbecue vs. barbecue. David Pearson vs. Richard Petty. Vanna White vs. Andy Griffith. Darius Rucker vs. James Taylor.

Jeffrey Hayden, TV Director and UNC Alum, Dies at 90

Jeffrey Hayden, a director, producer and writer for television, film and the theater and the husband of Oscar-winning actress Eva Marie Saint, has died. He was 90. Born in New York on Oct. 15, 1926, Hayden began his career at NBC after graduating from UNC. Hayden helmed episodes of such series as The Andy Griffith Show, Leave It to Beaver, Lassie, Batman, Cagney & Lacey, and Magnum, P.I.

Andy Griffith's Daughter Remembers Her Late Dad — "He Wasn't the Typical Hollywood Type"

Summer residents of Roanoke Island, N.C., became accustomed to the sight of a familiar-looking man running errands to the hardware store barefoot, or sometimes without a shirt. “He was not the typical Hollywood type,” Andy Griffith’s daughter, Dixie, tells Closer, adding that her father, who passed away in 2012 at 86, was “gracious” to fans and “felt free” in his home state of North Carolina.

Photos: Andy Griffith performs prior to UNC-N.C. State game (Kenan Stadium, September 25, 1954)

Andy Griffith, five years after graduating from UNC, performed 'What It Was, Was Football' on September 25, 1954, prior to the Carolina-N.C. State game in Kenan Stadium. This photo captured the moment, as did this one. The photographer was Hugh Morton, who also helped set up the event. The Tar Heels went on to defeat the Wolfpack 20-6.

Despite what you've heard, Andy Griffith lives on

Aw, shucks; we were just confused, is all. That's the best explanation I know of as to how Andy Griffith "died" twice. Earlier this year, the Internet picked up on "news" of the beloved TV star's death. My adult daughter scolded us (gently) for not telling her. Trouble was, Griffith had passed away three years ago. "It was in all the papers," as we used to say, but she was so stirred by this news flash that we doubted our own memories.

Chip Kelly's play sheet is an ode to 'The Andy Griffith Show'

The always inventive and esoteric Chip Kelly has confounded the NFL with his play calling. It turns out he learned it all from The Andy Griffith Show. Barney Fife was the incompetent deputy sheriff of Mayberry during his time on the 1960s TV series. Now we need to work out what a "Barney Fife" play is. It's probably got something to do with "pulling the trigger," but we might never know.

Video: Andy Griffith's 'What It Was, Was Football'

Andy Griffith's 1953 comedy routine on college football, in honor of his 85th birthday today. The entertainer graduated from UNC in 1949 and is best known for his role on the beloved 1960s TV series 'The Andy Griffith Show.' Griffith performed 'What It Was, Was Football' at Kenan Stadium in 1954.

Mount Airy to Mayberry, Matlock to Manteo: A Look Back at Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith and Hugh Morton go back a long way. All the way back to 1953 when Morton needed an entertainer for a banquet at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. “Someone suggested a UNC graduate student who was active in the Carolina Playmakers,” said Morton in a 1982 interview.

Video: William Friday interviews Andy Griffith in 2005

William Friday talks with Andy Griffith in a 2005 interview. Friday and Griffith, North Carolina icons, both passed away in 2012.

University Day With Andy Griffith

Forgotten in all the coverage of the passing of Andy Griffith ’49 in July was a performance I consider one of his finest and most unforgettable, when he was just playing himself. The occasion was University Day, Oct. 12, 1978, and Griffith had come home to Chapel Hill to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award and deliver the traditional University Day address. It’s safe to say there hasn’t been one like it before or since.

Video: Ron Howard pays tribute to Andy Griffith at 2012 Emmys

At the 2012 Emmy Awards, Ron Howard delivers a heart-felt tribute to Andy Griffith, saying Griffith belonged "in the pantheon," and "dang if he didn't make it look powerful easy while he was going about it."

Andy Of Chapel Hill

It was Feb. 15, 1960, and there, in an episode of Danny Thomas’s television series Make Room for Daddy, Sheriff Andy Taylor and Mayberry were introduced. Six months later, the first spin-off series in television history began. We watched The Andy Griffith Show and its reruns religiously. But before there was a Mayberry, there was a Mount Airy. And also a Chapel Hill.

"Mayberry" Remembers Andy Griffith

Fans are remembering Andy Griffith today. The television icon and North Carolina native died yesterday at his home in Manteo. But it’s in his boyhood home in the foothills that his passing takes on a special meaning. Mount Airy provided the basis for the fictional Mayberry of the Andy Griffith show.

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