Andy Griffith “America’s Favorite Sheriff” Dead At 86

Television legend Andy Griffith passed away this morning at the age of 86 at his home on Roanoke Island, North Carolina. He was given the title of “America’s Favorite Sheriff” by a T.V. audience that watched “The Andy Griffith Show” every week from 1960 to 1968. Reruns of the show continue to be loved by millions.

Andy Griffith was born in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, on June 1, 1926. He graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in music in 1949. After teaching high school, he moved to New York to start his career as an actor. In the early 1950’s he was a regular on big T.V. hits like the “Ed Sullivan Show” and the “Steve Allen Show”.


His first Broadway hit was “No Time for Sergeants” in 1955. From there he starred in several movies until debuting in his own sitcom in 1960. In 1972, Griffith started up his very own production company. He continued acting in movies throughout the 70’s in numerous roles.


Griffith made his huge return to T.V. in 1986, with the hit Matlock, which air until 1995. He played the title role as a lawyer that would help numerous clients prove their innocence every week. He would continue to star in ”made for T.V. movies”, throughout the 80’s and into the 90’s.


Nothing the actor, singer or songwriter would ever do would match the timeless success of “The Andy Griffith Show”. Andy along with his best friend Deputy Barney Fife, who was played by Don Knotts, entertained millions every week and continues to do so in syndication.


Andy Taylor was beloved because he was so authentic and real. His weekly show one was of 3 series that ended their run at the very top of the ratings list. It is also ranked as one of the top 4 sitcoms ever to air on television. He will be remembered for long time.

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