Andy Griffeth's original ambition was musical theatre. He earned a degree in music from U. of North Carolina.
Griffith's success as a comic actor came even though his first dream
in life was to be a serious singer. In college he majored in music, and
as a young man, he set off for New York to audition for roles in
operettas and jobs in choirs. But Griffith said the auditions failed to
yield him a single offer.
"Instead of being hurt, I just started to wonder what I could do
with the rest of my life. And I went home and wrote a few jokes,"
Griffith said. "That summer, I did my first long monologue, and a man
named Orville Campbell came up to me and said, 'I have a record company.
Would you like to record "What it Was Was Football"?' And I said,
That set him on the road to becoming a television icon. Andy Griffith passed away July 3. R.I.P., you made us all smile, and you made this place a little bit more humane....