Kenny Chesney wins top CMA award

Kenny Chesney wins top CMA award

NASHVILLE, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Kenny Chesney was named entertainer of the year at the Country Music Association's awards show in Nashville.

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TV theme composer Hagen dead at 88

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., May 27 (UPI) -- Earle H. Hagen, an Emmy Award-winning composer of music for TV shows, has died at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at the age of 88, his wife Laura said.

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Character actor Charles Lane, 102, dies

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Griffith's hometown has own TV plot line

MOUNT AIRY, N.C., July 17 (UPI) -- The North Carolina city of Mount Airy is best known for being Andy Griffith's hometown, but a recent incident gave it a plot worthy of his famed TV show.

Popular online film spoofs 'Da Vinci Code'

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., June 21 (UPI) -- A short film spoofing "The Da Vinci Code" is gaining momentum in the online world, and Hollywood is knocking at the makers' door.

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'Da Vinici Code' parody to stream on Web

BOSTON, May 10 (UPI) -- The legacy of Mayberry's Deputy Barney Fife is invoked in a New Hampshire man's film poking fun at Hollywood's adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code."

Writer/producer Harvey Bullock dead at 84

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., May 1 (UPI) -- Writer/producer Harvey Bullock, who wrote several episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show," has died in Laguna Beach, Calif., at age 84.

Actor Don Knotts dead at age 81

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Three's Company" star Don Knotts has died of lung cancer in Los Angeles at age 81.

TV producer/director Luther James dead

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Pioneering African-American TV writer, producer and director Luther James has died in Los Angeles at age 76.

Top stars to voice 'Who Lost Santa's Sack'

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Andy Griffith

Andy Samuel Griffith (born June 1, 1926) is an American actor, director, producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer. He gained prominence in the starring role in director Elia Kazan's epic film A Face in the Crowd (1957) before he became better known for his television roles, playing the lead characters in the 1960-68 situation comedy, The Andy Griffith Show, and in the 1986-95 legal drama, Matlock. Griffith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President George W. Bush on November 9, 2005.

Griffith was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, the only child of Geneva (née Nunn) and Carl Lee Griffith. At a very young age, Griffith had to live with relatives until his parents could afford to get a home of their own. Without a crib or a bed, he slept in drawers for a few months. In 1929, when Griffith was three years old, his father took a job working as a carpenter and was finally able to purchase a home in Mount Airy's "blue-collar" southside.

Like his mother, Griffith grew up listening to music. His father instilled a sense of humor from old family stories. By the time he entered school he was well aware that he was from what many considered the "wrong side of the tracks". He was a shy student, but once he found a way to make his peers laugh, he began to come into his own.

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