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TV Legend Andy Griffith Dies at 86

Andy Griffith Dead at 86
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Iconic television actor Andy Griffith, best known for ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and ‘Matlock,’ died today in North Carolina. He was 86-years-old.

In 1960, Griffith found success as widower sherrif Andy Taylor on ‘The Andy Griffith Show.’ The show, which ran from 1960-1968, also starred a young Ron Howard as son Opie and comedian Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife. Howard sent the following Tweet in honor of Griffith:

After several failed series in the 1970s, Griffith returned to TV in 1986 and enjoyed a renewed career as a southern lawyer in ‘Matlock.’ The show ran until 1995.

Griffith is survived by his wife, Cindi, and daughter, Dixie. Watch the famous theme songs to ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and ‘Matlock’ below.

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