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BREAKING: America’s sheriff Andy Griffith has died at 86.

Kyle 2012/07/03 14:13:37

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Andy Griffith on "The Andy Griffith Show" in the 1960s.

By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper

Actor
Andy Griffith, who won the hearts of 1960s TV viewers with his role as
gentle Sheriff Andy Taylor in “The Andy Griffith Show,” then returned as
a 1980s country lawyer in “Matlock,” died Tuesday at 86. The news was
confirmed to North Carolina television station WITN by Bill Friday,
former president of the University of North Carolina and a Griffith
friend.

Griffith began his entertainment career with comic
monologues and moved into movies, debuting in 1957’s “A Face in the
Crowd” with Patricia Neal. But it was as the widower sheriff Andy Taylor
on “The Andy Griffith Show” that he really made his mark. The show,
which also starred a young Ron Howard as Griffith’s son Opie, and
comedian Don Knotts as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife, ran from 1960-1968.
Its setting, in the fictional small-town of Mayberry, became almost as
famous as any one episode.


Griffith
returned to TV stardom in 1986 as Ben Matlock, a Southern lawyer. That
show ran until 1995 and was seized upon by comedians as a punchline for
its popularity with older Americans. In one “Simpsons” episode, a
highway is renamed the Matlock Expressway so a town mayor can win the
elderly vote.

Griffith was married twice and had a son and a
daughter. He is survived by wife Cindi and his daughter Dixie. Son
Andrew Jr., known as Sam, died in 1996.

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  • Me 2012/07/04 04:00:29
    Me
    RIP andy
  • jc 2012/07/03 21:20:49
    jc
    I enjoyed reruns of the Andy Griffith show while growing up.Thought Andy Griffith and Don Knotts made a great comedy team as Sheriff Taylor and Deputy Fife.RIP Andy!
  • DebraDeJonge 2012/07/03 21:08:41 (edited)
    DebraDeJonge
    I was sorry to hear of his passing; I always liked him and thought that the early episodes of The Andy Griffith Show were still pretty funny. RIP Andy...........
  • Nick 2012/07/03 19:36:07
    Nick
    Small piece of American culture, gone
  • Bill ~PWCM~JLA 2012/07/03 18:31:51
    Bill ~PWCM~JLA
    That was great TV. Mayberry was not a reality show which is too bad. The problem in the world today is we don't have enough Mayberry's.
  • Scout 2012/07/03 17:39:24
    Scout
    He was a great example for kids of that era.
  • stevmackey 2012/07/03 16:57:54
    stevmackey
    I think I liked Matlock the best of the two shows.
  • Smokey 2012/07/03 16:50:43
    Smokey
    I loved the Andy Griffith Show! RIP! Many prayers and blessings to his entire family!
  • Tamara McMillan 2012/07/03 16:47:51
    Tamara McMillan
    I also remember his endorsing Rits Crackers. . . his line.. . . hmmmm; good cracker! He was unique and will be missed but he had a nice long life.
  • texasred 2012/07/03 16:31:25
    texasred
    Even though he hawked Obamacare, I still liked his work. He will be missed.
  • Tennessee3501 2012/07/03 16:16:52
    Tennessee3501
    Andy Griffith, you made us all laugh! RIP !
  • ronbo 2012/07/03 16:14:34
    ronbo
    I,m going to miss his down home ways and humor. He was a good actor and musician and will be missed . RIP Andy.
  • Lizard King 2012/07/03 16:00:10
  • tobe 2012/07/03 15:32:26
    tobe
    great actor andy and opie
  • American 2012/07/03 15:24:30
    American
    It was one my favorite shows. RIP Andy!
  • Tudie BN 2012/07/03 15:23:33
    Tudie BN
    +4
    I hate hearing this .. I just watched him a hour ago ...
    Matlock
  • Kashee 2012/07/03 15:15:48
    Kashee
    +1
    That is sad.
  • themadhare ~IJM 2012/07/03 15:14:41
    themadhare ~IJM
    +3
    RIP Andy
  • Lanikai 2012/07/03 15:00:15
    Lanikai
    +2
    Wow, so sad for his family and friends.

    But I will never forgive him for shilling for obamacare-even if it was for money.
  • damnyoumaggot 2012/07/03 14:54:53 (edited)
    damnyoumaggot
    +1
    Sad. He's gone on to see Barney now... andy griffith barney fife in heaven
  • DebraDe... damnyou... 2012/07/03 22:03:46
    DebraDeJonge
    And Goober...........
  • sky blue pink - American 2012/07/03 14:19:16
    sky blue pink - American
    +1
    That is a shock. Love watching his programs growing up and still do. I am so sorry for his Family.
    Blessed Be !
  • DebraDe... sky blu... 2012/07/03 22:04:20
    DebraDeJonge
    +1
    Yes condolences to his family and friends as well.
  • ♒ßεllεchεvεllε®♒ 2012/07/03 14:18:22
    ♒ßεllεchεvεllε®♒
    +4
    sad cat


    I really loved his work. What an icon. RIP Andy.
  • Evil 1 2012/07/03 14:16:48
    Evil 1
    +1
    Rest in Peace Andy.
  • MJ 2012/07/03 14:15:49
    MJ
    +4
    Oh No! Rest in Peace Andy!

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