Actor, TV Icon Griffith Dies
Andy Griffith, the actor with a Southern down home nature who charmed audiences in a variety of roles -- including that of Sheriff Andy Talyor in the long-running television show that bore his name -- died today at his home in Dare County. He was 86.
The Andy Griffith Show debuted in 1960. In the mid-1980s he returned to television to capture a whole new generation of fans in the legal drama, Matlock.
The Andy Griffith Show ran for eight seasons on CBS where Griffith played Sheriff Andy Taylor in the fictional town of Mayberry, which was based on his hometown of Mt. Airy.
The showed aired Monday nights, debuting at No. 4 in the ratings and never dropping out of the top 10.
From 1986 to 1995 Griffith played a Southern lawyer in the television show Matlock.
During his lengthy career Griffith also stared on Broadway and in films.
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