Who is Cindi Knight?
Cindi Knight was born on 2 May 1953, in the United States of America, and is an actress, but perhaps better known for being the third wife of actor Andy Griffith. They stayed together until his passing in 2012, but she had been in a few acting projects as well.
The Net Worth of Cindi Knight
How rich is Cindi Knight? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $5 million, earned mainly through her association with her late husband who had an estimated net worth at $60 million. However, assuming that she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also increase.
Early Life and Acting Career
Very little is known about Cindi’s childhood, and only the names of her parents are available as public information. There are also no details regarding her ethnicity or her education, nor even how she would gain an interest in the acting industry. It is known that she began her acting career in 1982, appearing in an episode of “Matt Houston”, the series airing on ABC from 1982 to 1985, and following the titular character as he works as a private investigator in Los Angeles. Most episodes involve his friends or acquaintances being murdered or involved in other crimes. The following year, she had another acting project in “Murder in Coweta County”, a television movie on CBS which starred Andy Griffith and Johnny Cash, and which is based on a 1976 book written by Margaret Anne Barnes which depicts an actual 1940s event in Coweta County involving a sheriff and a wealthy landowner. It was in this movie that Cindi and Andy met and subsequently started a relationship.
Andy Griffith was an actor, producer, singer and writer, best known for his work on television spanning seven decades. He became well-known for his gruff voice, southern drawl, and his characters which often had a folksy yet friendly personality. He was nominated twice for a Tony Award, and gained a lot of popularity through the film “A Face in the Crowd” which launched him to prominence. He later became better known through his lead role in the sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show”, but also for playing Ben Matlock in the legal drama series “Matlock”.
Prior to meeting Knight, Griffith was already married twice, firstly to Barbara Bray Edwards in 1949, and during their marriage which lasted until 1972 when they divorced, they adopted two children. one of whom passed away in 1996 due to alcoholism problems. His second marriage was to Greek actress Solica Cassuto in 1973, and their marriage lasted until 1981, two years before he met Cindi in “Murder in Coweta County”. The couple were married within the year they met, an the same year that Andy encountered his first major medical problem.
Andy and Cindi’s marriage went well and the couple would have two children. However, there were numerous issues with Andy’s health as the years passed. Cindi on the other hand stopped any acting projects to help raise a family and support her husband from the background. In 1983, Andy was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, which is a rapid-onset muscle weakness disease caused by the peripheral nervous system getting damaged by the immune system. The symptoms of the disease are often associated with a change in pain sensation and weakness in the limbs. The disease left him unable to walk for seven months, as muscles from his knees down became paralyzed.
While the disease didn’t cause much issue in later years, numerous treatments and stress caused his heart to grow weaker. Many also attribute that the weakness of his heart could be traced back to the syndrome which causes weakness in muscles. In 2000, he underwent quadruple heart-by-pass surgery in Norfolk, Virginia at the Sentara Norfolk General hospital, which was successful, though seven years later, he had surgery on his hip surgery following a fall.
Death and Aftermath
In 2012, Andy passed away from a heart attack while staying in his coastal home in Manteo, Roanoke Island, in North Carolina. Within five hours of his death, he was buried in the Griffith family cemetery located on the island. He is survived by Cindi and their two children. Since his death, not a lot of news has surfaced regarding his widow – one of the reasons is due to a lack of any online presence, as Cindi does not have any accounts associated with any of the major social media websites. Information about their children is also scarce.