Andy Griffith, dead at 86.

We remember him from “The Andy Griffith Show” or, later, from “Matlock.” Andy Griffith died about 7 a.m. this morning of a heart attack.

In more than half a century of performing on stage, on film and on television, Mr. Griffith became a symbol of North Carolina in the role of Sheriff Andy Taylor. “The Andy Griffith Show,” which initially aired from 1960 to 1968, was seen somewhere in the world every day.Griffith’s career was in”No Time for Sergeants” on Broadway, in movies such as Elia Kazan‘s “A Face in the Crowd“,  and he made musical records. He was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts Hall of Fame in 1992 and in 2005, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“The Andy Griffith Show” was one of only three series in TV history to bow out at the top of the ratings. The others were “I Love Lucy” and “Seinfeld.”

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Posted on July 3, 2012, in Announcement, Arts, News, Obits, Opinion, recording, Television, Theatre and Art, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Andy Griffith, dead at 86..

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