‘The Andy Griffith Show’: Andy Made an Insane Amount Per Week While Show Was on Break

by Thad Mitchell

Andy Griffith, star of “The Andy Griffith Show,” is a television icon whose legacy lives on to this very day.

While Griffith is known for shows like “Matlock,” his trademark is the show bearing his name. The Andy Griffith Show is a tv classic that ran from 1960 to 1968. It features Griffith as a widowed sheriff in charge of a small town called Mayberry. During its eight-year run on television, the show put out 249 half-hour episodes. There were also a few follow-up specials like “Return to Mayberry.”

The Andy Griffith Show revolves around Griffith as the wise and capable Sheriff, Andy Taylor. He keeps the law in Mayberry, North Carolina. The small town has around 2,000 citizens. That includes a handful of people that Andy and his Deputy, Barney Fife, must keep an eye on.

‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Star Earns Money on the Side

While he was well-paid for the show, Griffith also had a nice “side hustle” for himself. Getting his start in entertainment as a standup comedy performer, Griffith would often return to his roots for a little extra spending money.

According to a 1979 interview with People Magazine, the comedy star would venture out in search of standup comedy work when The Andy Griffith Show was on a break. He was paid handsomely to appear at venues in Las Vegas or Lake Tahoe with his performances drawing huge crowds. He reportedly drew around $25,000 each week for performing gigs in and around Sin City. Not a bad way to earn a little cash on the side.

Griffith’s standup comedy routine was in high demand in part because of the success of “What It Was, Was Football.” The bit, one of Griffith’s most successful routines, sold nearly one million copies since 1954.

Griffith has a slew of awards and honors with many of them coming from his work on The Andy Griffith Show. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1991 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2005, he was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-President George W. Bush. Griffith passed away of a heart attack n in 2012 at the age of 86.