‘The Andy Griffith Show’: Did Andy Griffith Ever Win an Emmy for Role of Andy Taylor?

by Joe Rutland

Andy Griffith made himself a household name playing Sheriff Andy Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show.” Did he ever win an Emmy for his work?

Well, everyone knows that an Emmy Award is the most prestigious award in the television industry. It makes all the sense in the world for Griffith to win one. He played Sheriff Taylor and his small-town handling of ruffians quite well.

It’s hard to believe but Andy Griffith never won an Emmy for his role. Even with “Matlock,” Griffith still didn’t win an Emmy.

But the Television Academy Hall of Fame did induct Griffith into its honorees in 1992. Griffith died in 2012.

Griffith joins such television luminaries as Jackie Gleason, who had massive success on the small screen yet never won an Emmy. Gleason, though, also found himself inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1986. Gleason died in 1987 of cancer.

Andy Griffith Used The Same Guitar On TV for 50 Years

OK, all of you Andy Griffith fans. Remember how many times you saw Andy play his guitar on TV? It didn’t matter whether he was Andy Taylor or Ben Matlock.

It was his trusty sidekick for 50 years on all of his TV shows. Yes, Deputy Barney Fife was a trusty sidekick but it’s not the same as having a guitar.

Guitar players understand the love and affection they have with their favorite six-stringed partner. Griffith was no different.

“I still play that guitar,” Griffith said in an interview prior to his death with 13WMAZ. “It’s a Martin D-18 with a clear pickguard. I’ve played this guitar on and off my TV shows for nearly 50 years.”

He’d even play it with fellow actors in front of and behind the camera. For instance, Griffith and actors Don Knotts and Roger Emhardt sang the hymn “Church in the Wildwood” on “The Andy Griffith Show” in a Season Three episode. The three sang an emotional rendition of the song, backed up by Griffith on his guitar.

Ron Howard’s Father Helped Shape Andy-Opie Relationship

On “The Andy Griffith Show,” viewers could tell there was a close-knit relationship between Andy and Opie, played by Ron Howard. Yet that relationship and how it showed up on the screen received a big boost from Rance Howard, Ron’s father.

“Early on, they wrote Opie a little differently – more like the typical sitcom kids who were always kind of the wisea** comebacks, jokes, punchlines, things like that,” Howard said in an interview for the Archive of American Television. “Later I heard that my dad actually was talking to Andy about it, the Andy-Opie relationship. And Andy was talking to my dad about our relationship. My dad and I were very close. My dad was around the set quite a bit.”

Ron Howard said his father Rance asked Griffith what would happen if Opie respected his father. That was a different twist that most sitcom kids who, according to Howard, were making Dad look bad.

Griffith liked the idea and had Ron’s role changed in the script a bit. Soon, the magic that was between Griffith and Ron Howard became real on “The Andy Griffith Show.” That’s what caused those scenes where Griffith is at times friendly yet also very much a disciplinarian when needed. He was a father to his son. It made for great television.