Legendary Actor Andy Griffith Dies at 86

Best known for his portrayal as small town sheriff Andy Taylor, beloved actor Andy Griffith passed away this morning at the age of 86.

Former UNC President Bill Friday says the actor died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina around 7 a.m.

Emergency medical crews responded to Griffith’s home this morning, Dare County Sheriff J.D. Doughtie told WAVY.com.

Griffith, who was born in Mt. Airy, N.C., was launched to fame as Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show for the CBS from 1960-1968. On the show, Ron Howard played his son, Opie. He starred on other shows and in films, but found his greatest success again with legal drama Matlock, from 1986 to 1995. He played the title character, Ben Matlock.

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