Andy Griffith Dead: Actor Dies At Age 86Rickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jul 03 2012 10:01 AM
Actor Andy Griffith died on Tuesday morning in Dare County, North Carolina, reports WITN.com.
Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie confirmed to the website that an ambulance went to the 86-year-old's home at 7 a.m. this morning.
News of the Griffith's death was confirmed to WITN by Bill Friday, the former President of the University of North Carolina and a close friend of the actor.
Griffith was best known for his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor in “The Andy Griffith Show,” which ran from 1960 to 1968, and later known for his role as a criminal defense lawyer on "Matlock," which ran from 1986 to 1995. The actor was honored with the the TV Land Legend Award in 2004, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2005. Griffith was also a singer and musician, and his 1996 album "I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless" went platinum.