Andy Griffith DEAD AT 86Andy Griffith was beloved by TV viewers as the drawling star of the '60s sitcom 'The Andy Griffith Show' and later as a lawyer on 'Matlock.' To former costar Ron Howard he was 'like a wonderful uncle.'
Andy Griffith, whose folksy portrayal of the wise and good-humored sheriff of Mayberry in the classic 1960s situation comedy"The Andy Griffith Show" made him one of television's most beloved stars, has died. He was 86.
Griffith, who decades later experienced another round of TV popularity starring as a crafty Atlanta defense attorney on "Matlock," died Tuesday morning at his home in Manteo, N.C., his friend and former president of the University of North Carolina, William C. Friday, told The Times. The cause was not immediately determined.
A former North Carolina high school music teacher, Griffith launched his career as an entertainer in the early 1950s by writing and performing comic monologues for civic clubs that he delivered in an exaggerated Southern drawl that was once described as "sounding like three yards out on a Carolina swamp."
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