For over half a century, Andy Griffith captured viewer’s hearts by becoming one of the most beloved actors of all time. Best known for his role as Mayberry’s sheriff in “The Andy Griffith Show,” Griffith went on to have an enduring career in Hollywood.
Born in 1926 in the picturesque town of Mount Airy, North Carolina, Griffith would have no trouble transitioning from the small southern town to Hollywood. Despite his ease into his acting career, it would take him a few years to find his off-camera love, Cindi Knight.
In 1949, Griffith married his first wife, Barbara Bray Edwards. They met Griffith was studying at the University of North Carolina, where he earned his music degree. After tying the knot, Griffith and Edwards adopted two children: Andy Samuel Griffith Jr. and Dixie Griffith.
Later in 1972, the couple filed for divorce, but Griffith quickly remarried the following year to Greek actress Solica Cassuto. However, after eight years together, the couple called it quits, and Griffith was left with another failed marriage.
Third Time’s the Charm For Andy Griffith
His romantic life took a turn when Griffith met his third wife, Cindi. They met while they were both working on the set of Murder in Coweta County. Like Griffith, Knight was also an actor. While little is known about her childhood, Knight was originally from Jacksonville, Florida. Later she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
From 1983 until Griffith passed away from a heart attack in 2012, Griffith and Knight were inseparable. The year they married was the same year doctors diagnosed Griffith with Guillain-Barré syndrome. The diagnosis left Griffith unable to walk for seven months.
Knight stayed by his side during this challenging period in his life. Later, she was there for him when he endured a quadruple heart-bypass surgery and a hip surgery.
After Griffith passed away, Knight gave a touching statement about how he truly was the love of her life.
“Andy was a person of incredibly strong Christian faith and was prepared for the day he would be called Home to his Lord. He is the love of my life, my constant companion, my partner, and my best friend. I cannot imagine life without Andy. But I take comfort and strength in God’s Grace and in the knowledge that Andy is at peace and with God.”