Beloved actor Andy Griffith dies at 86

July 3, 2012
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photo - Cast members from "The Andy Griffith Show" pose in this undated photo. From left: Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife, Ron Howard as Opie Taylor and Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor. (AP file) Photo by
Cast members from "The Andy Griffith Show" pose in this undated photo. From left: Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife, Ron Howard as Opie Taylor and Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor. (AP file) Photo by  

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, according to NBC affiliate WITN-TV.

The news was reported to the North Carolina television station by Bill Friday, former president of the University of North Carolina and a Griffith friend.

More details to come at gazette.com.

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