Tuesday, July 3

Andy Griffith Dies at 86

Andy Griffith
(June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012)
Andy Griffith, beloved American actor of film and, most notably, television has passed away at the age of 86. An ambulance was called to his home in Dare County, NC Tuesday morning according to Dare County Sheriiff J.D.Doughtie. Former UNC president and close friend, Bill Friday, confirmed the actor's death.
Best known for two successful television programs, his title series, The Andy Griffith Show, aired from 1960-68. The situation comedy centered around Sheriff Andy Taylor of the small town Mayberry, and the antics of the straight-man's side kicks.

Matlock, airing from 1986-95, was a 60-minute legal drama with a healthy dose of quirky scenarios and comedy. Griffith portrayed lovable curmudgeon, sleuth and criminal defense attorney Ben Matlock who always outsmarted the murderers and found justice for his innocent clients.

Grammy Award-winning southern gospel singer, Griffith sang and played various instruments on both long-running shows and in his break out film, A Face in the Crowd (1957). Griffith's most successful album, I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns, earned platinum status.

Although exact cause of deathis not know, Griffith was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a nervous system disorder, in 1983. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery in May, 2000, after suffering from a heart attack.

Survivors include wife Cindi, and daughter Dixie. Preceding Griffith in death was his son Andrew Griffith, Jr.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her new column, Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com, and as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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