America's sheriff Andy Griffith has died. He was 86.
Former University of North Carolina President Bill Friday confirmed his death, saying he died about 7 a.m. Tuesday in his home in Dare County, N.C. Friday, who is a close friend of the actor, confirmed that to WITN News.
Griffith attended UNC Chapel Hill where he earned a degree in Music. According to IMDb.com, Griffith was a regular on the Ed Sullivan show in the 1950s.
His legacy role, which earned him the title of "America's Favorite Sheriff"on "The Andy Griffith" show, set in fictional Mayberry, put North Carolina on the map in the entertainment industry. The show ran from 1960-1968, propelling a handful of spin-off programs. Griffith also produced and starred in the television series "Matlock."
Griffith received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 from President George W. Bush.
Griffith was born in Mount Airy, N.C.
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