A Mayberry State Of Mind
Andy Griffith / Andy Taylor
Born Andy Samuel Griffith as a baby Andy's parents were so short on cash that Andy had to sleep in a dresser draw and there where several relatives living in the home as well. Andy always seemed to enjoy the spot light. As a teen he performed in several local plays, it was at a play he met his first wife Barbra Edwards. Andy also attended North Carolina Chapel hill where he earned his degree in music. Andy first major break was being cast as Lonesome Rhoads opposite of Patrica Neil. Lonesome a loud out spoken man who learned quickly how a television personality could control the masses. His next break was with Andy repricing his role as Will Stockdale in No Time for Sergent's a role he played on stage several times. In a 1959 episode of Make Room for Daddy Danny meets Andy, it was after filming this episode , Andy was offered his own series which he originally declined, Sheldon Leonard persuaded Andy and after convincing Andy he would have control over certain things, the series was born. After his 8 yr run on The Andy Griffith Show, Andy tried his hands in several attempts with series such as The New Andy Griffith Show, The Head Master, Salvage. He also tried stepping out of his well known persona to do roles such as his role in Go Ask Alice, Winter Kill, Deadly Game and Murder in Coweta County. His next major claim to fame would be his 1980's series Matlock as a southern lawyer with down home smarts and the way to present it. Andy was Married three times his first wife Barbara Edwards whom he was married to from 1949 to 1972 they had two adopted children. His second wife Solica Casuto who he was married to from 1975 to 1981 the two reportedly separated on good terms. His third wife he met on the set of Murder in Coweta County. Cindi Knight seemed to complete Andy the two remained happily married from 1983 until his death 2 July 2012.
Andy Taylor, born Andrew Jackson Taylor, widowed father to his son Opie Taylor and lives with his Aunt Bee who helps take care of Opie. He is both the sheriff and justice of the peace of Mayberry, North Carolina. Andy was born and raised in Mayberry by his father and his Aunt Bee. He ,his cousin and best friend Barney Fife grew up together and both graduated from Mayberry Union High.
Andy has a laid-back approach to law enforcement, making him an ideal sheriff for the sleepy town of Mayberry. He seems to have an understanding of the people of Mayberry, and regularly makes exceptions to the rules. Under his jurisdiction, Mayberry rarely sees much crime, with the notable exception of moon shining which seems to be quite prevalent. Andy regularly uses reverse psychology on people when it is for their own good and seems to have a keen eye for dubious situations, and often tricks people into making the right decision or seeing their own mistakes.
Andy has had several love interests, including Ellie Walker, Mary Simpson, and Peggy. His current love is his son Opie's school teacher, Helen Crump. Helen and Andy eventually marry and have a son they name Andy Jr.
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