The 1960s through the 1980s were the golden years for TV sitcoms. Families would gather around the living room TV with great anticipation to watch the next episode of their favorite TV shows. These shows made us laugh and cry together and we were lucky to have lived those moments that are now frozen in time.
North Carolina is the birthplace to many well known TV personalities. This article explores four TV stars that were born in North Carolina.The NC state motto is Esse Quam Videri, and the translation is to be, rather than to seem. These four sitcom stars have definitely lived up to this motto, they decided to be, rather than to seem.
Actor Andy Griffith was probably the best known actor from North Carolina. Born in Mount Airy in 1926, he stared in many movies and TV shows. Andy Griffith’s most well known roll was as Andy Taylor in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. He was also a teacher, writer, comedian, singer and could play the trombone. Andy Griffith’s many awards included a Grammy for Southern Gospel singing and writing. His most prodigious award was in 2005 where he was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
TV actor Mike Evans is known for his roles in several famous television sitcoms. Mike was born in 1949 in the NC town of Salisbury, NC. He played Lionel Jefferson in the famous TV sitcom All in the Family and helped create, write and stared in Good Times. Later, he was in another spinoff The Jeffersons. Mike Evans was one of the greats when it comes to TV sitcoms.
Sitcom star Shirley Hemphill is recognized as the brazen waitress on the TV series What’s Happening. Born in Asheville, NC in 1947 she was also a great comedian. Shirley played many bit parts in other shows. She had a way to make people laugh with her unique personality.
TV actress Jackée Harry, from Winston Salem, NC was born in 1956. She was Sandra on the TV series 227, played Lisa on Sister, Sister, and was on the TV miniseries The Women of Brewster Place. Jackée’s talents does not stop with her sitcoms, her work in theater is considered an outstanding contribution to the art. Jackée still performs and stays busy with helping others achieve their goals of having better and healthier lives
North Carolina provides a multitude of opportunities for artists of all types to learn, practice and educate themselves in all common art forms. Many well known artists call the Old North State their birthplace. The list of artists born here is forever getting longer, and will continue to, well into the future.