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Of all the facts in a person’s life, the birthday is supposed to be an easy one.
Yet, to this day, I’m not exactly sure of Andy Griffith’s birthday. I’m not even sure he was.
Andy Samuel Griffith was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, on June 1, 1926. Or perhaps on June 7, ninety years ago today. He died July 3, 2012, at his estate in Manteo, on the Carolina coast.
The University of North Carolina, which houses Andy’s collected papers, gives his birth date as June 1, 1926. So does the Biography network, and the Film Reference website, and Wikipedia. And that would seem to settle it.
Except that it doesn’t. Deep within the birth registry for Surry County, North Carolina, home to Andy’s birthplace of Mount Airy, I found a handwritten entry that neatly records the birth of one Andy Samuel Griffith - - on June 7, 1926. The same birthday, June 7, is clearly typed on Andy’s draft registration card from the 1940s.
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