Andy Griffith Dies at Age 86

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) -- Andy Griffith, whose homespun mix of humor and wisdom made "The Andy Griffith Show" an enduring TV favorite, has died. He was 86.

Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie says in statement Griffith died Tuesday at about 7 a.m. He says the family will release further information.

His starring role as a small-town sheriff drew upon his own upbringing in Mount Airy, N.C. The show also starred Don Knotts and was one of the top hits of the 1960s and a perennial in reruns.

Griffith later played a shrewd Southern lawyer in another successful series, "Matlock."

Before taking on television, he won wide praise in the 1950s in the Broadway comedy "No Time for Sergeants" and the dramatic film, "A Face in the Crowd."

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  • by John T. Herring, Location: Opp, Alabama on Jul 3, 2012 at 07:15 PM
    I Watch The Andy Griffith Show on Monday night from 1960-1968. It was one of the best shows for the whole family it was good clean television The Andy Griffith is what we need today good clean television. Andy Griffith will be missed
  • by Pamela Turner Location: Gritney,Fl. on Jul 3, 2012 at 02:46 PM
    I will surley miss him. He was a big part of my life. R.I.P. Andy.
  • by Shari Location: Alabama on Jul 3, 2012 at 01:10 PM
    Thinking of you all and praying for you during this difficult and sad time. Mr Griffith will never be forgotten. God Bless You All.
  • by Kenneth Bradshaw Location: Hartford Al on Jul 3, 2012 at 09:02 AM
    It is. Hard to beloved he is gone. I grow up watching him after school and weekend's. I still watch him anytime his shows come TV. I would have to say he is and always will be one of my favorite actor's of all times. He is right up there with Jhon Wayne. We will miss you here but are will always be in our hearts. RIP
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