NC Icon Andy Griffith Dies at 86

North Carolina lost an entertainment legend today as iconic actor Andy Griffith (The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock) has passed away at his home on Roanoke Island, North Carolina.

Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor on 'The Andy Griffith Show'.

Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’.

Dare County Emergency Medical Services responded to a call to Griffith’s home on Roanoke Island early this morning (July 3), where Andy Griffith was later officially pronounced dead around 7am.

Griffith most famously played Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show from 1960 to 1968, and later lawyer Ben Matlock on the series Matlock from 1986 to 1995.

Director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code), who played Andy’s son “Opie” on The Andy Griffith Show tweeted earlier today: “Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I’m forever grateful RIP Andy”.

Born in Mount Airy and a longtime resident of Roanoke Island, actor Andy Griffith is one of the most respected and beloved entertainers to ever come from North Carolina, but in the end he will be remembered even more for what he truly is – an American icon.

Read more on this breaking story at OBXentertainment.com!

Andy Griffith (1926-2012)

Andy Griffith (1926-2012)

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Posted on July 3, 2012, in NC Talent and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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