America's sheriff Andy Griffith has died

Andy Griffith died early Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in his North Carolina home. He was 86.

Andy Griffith died early Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in his North Carolina home. He was 86.

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, 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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dregstudios writes:

Andy brought small-town humor and life into the homes of every American through their television screens. He’ll be missed after his long and full career of entertainment which still fills many households like my own family’s. I created a portrait of Andy and Don Knotts for my Cult of Personality series a few years back, which depicted entertainers who influenced my life in one capacity or another. I shared work of art today on my artist’s blog at Feel free to drop by and share your own memories of growing up with Mayberry.

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