Some of the highlights of Andy Griffith's career:
Has a hit single as Deacon Andy Griffith with the comic monologue "What It Was, Was Football!"
Becomes a Broadway star with the hit comedy "No Time for Sergeants," gaining a Tony nomination for best featured (supporting) actor. (Don Knotts also is in the play.) Reaches the record charts again with top 30 "Make Yourself Comfortable."
Makes movie debut in "A Face in the Crowd," playing a homespun television commentator whose corruption is hidden from the public.
Reprises Broadway role in film version "No Time for Sergeants"; once again, Knotts is in the cast.
Returns to Broadway in "Destry Rides Again." Nominated for Tony as best actor in a musical.
"The Andy Griffith Show" premieres on CBS. The gentle comedy, co-starring Knotts, Ron Howard, Frances Bavier and Jim Nabors, would become a television classic. It runs for eight years and has remained a favorite in reruns.
Spinoff "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," starring Nabors, runs on CBS.
"Mayberry R.F.D.," the sequel show without Griffith but with the Mayberry setting and some continuing characters, runs on ABC.
September 1986: "Matlock," an hour-long drama series starring Griffith as a Southern defense lawyer, premieres on NBC. Later moving to ABC, it runs until 1995.
Release of "I Love to Tell the Story -- 25 Timeless Hymns," an album of gospel songs. It wins Griffith a Grammy for best Southern gospel, country gospel or bluegrass gospel album.
Statue of Andy and Opie from "The Andy Griffith Show" unveiled in Raleigh, N.C., part of a series of TV-related statues in various cities sponsored by the cable network TV Land.
Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil award.
Gains new acclaim playing the cranky diner owner in the hit independent film "Waitress."
Teams with country star Brad Paisley on the video for Paisley's single "Waitin' on a Woman." It wins Country Music Association award for best video of the year.
Plays the role of Grandpa Joe in the film "Play the Game."
-- Associated Press