Andy Griffith Dies at 86

Andy Griffith died this morning at his home in Dare County, North Carolina, according to WITN News. He was 86 years old.

Griffith was one of television's most popular actors over several decades, best known for his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor in CBS's The Andy Griffith Show, which co-starred his longtime friend Don Knotts and launched the career of Ron Howard. The series ran from 1960 to 1986.

In 1986, Griffith starred in the NBC and ABC show Matlock as Ben Matlock, a lawyer from Georgia. The show was a major success and received multiple Emmy nominations.

Though wildly popular as an actor and instrumental to the success of the shows he starred in, Griffith would only receive one Emmy nomination in his career, for supporting actor in the 1981 TV miniseries Murder in Texas. His final acting appearance was in the 2008 indie movie Play the Game.

Griffith was also a musician and won a Grammy award for his 1997 album "I Love To Tell the Sotry - 25 Timeless Hymns."

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Sorry to hear this. He was a great actor.
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No, she doesn't. Get out.
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RIP Andy.G condolences to his family and friends...Thankyou for Matlock loved it eventhough it was way before my time.
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Correction: Andy Griffith show ran to 1968, not 1986, I know it was just a typo.



I loved, loved, loved him. I'm a southerner too, and he always showed such great love for the south. It was nice to have someone appreciate it, not make fun of it.



God speed to Heaven, Andy. Say hi to my sweetheart for me.
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One of the best actors of all times. I am stunned to hear of his passing.

Rest in peace Matlock
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Grew up watching The Andy Griffith Show DVDs with my family. I will forever be able to whistle that tune. RIP Andy
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Undeniably one of the best shows to ever be made. RIP Andy...
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R I P, loved his Matlock series as a child.
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I'm sorry to hear that he passed away. :( I used to enjoy watching him on The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock.



My condolences to his family and friends.
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Rest in peace, Sherriff!!!
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So sad. I used to watch The Andy Griffith Show a lot when I was young. Along with I Love Lucy, it one of my favorite shows back when I watched a lot of older TV shows. After hearing this news, I actually rewatched the first episode for the first time in a while, and it reminded me why I loved the show so much. R.I.P Andy Griffith. :(
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Andy Griffith taught me how to fish as a young boy watching The Andy Griffith Show re-runs. Something Ron Howard and I now have in common. RIP Andy.
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I never really got to watch The Andy Griffith Show, but I did watch quite a bit of Matlock and loved Andy Griffith. Peace out, Mr. Griffith.
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very sad news
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This is so sad. I spent my childhood watching the Andy Griffith Show and when I was older I watched Matlock. He's one of those people where it's so hard to think of them passing away. I will miss him so much,
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wow, that sucks. sad stuff. RIP Andy Griffith
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Andy was that kind of guy that was had character, an irresistible personality and was so entertaining to watch.

I am pretty sure that those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord will be seeing him again, and soon.

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Wow. What a legacy. Starred in one of the best family shows of all time. Cannot believe he is gone.
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I grew up watching him. I'm sure gonna miss him.
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my home town,friend who done many great things.who never got credit for it.he will be missed.
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R.I.P. Andy You will be missed.
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Andy Griffith was a real class act, he was smart and funny and witty. The Andy Griffith Show was such a tremendous thing to pull off, funny and yet not playing for stupidity, and it had a lot of heart, and all of that flowed from Mr. Griffith. I am truly sorry to hear of his passing.
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R.I.P. Andy
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That's when sitcoms were SITCOMS for sure. Some of the funniest stuff in TV history. Andy and Barney hands down the best combo. Definitely will be missed. And let's don't forget his amazing roles in the late 50's movies he did.



And it's 1960-1968. Plus that reunion show sometime in the 80's.
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RIP. Always will be Matlock for me. I am not old enough to really remember the Andy Griffiths Show
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