Andy Griffith Dead At 86

Andy Griffith, star of The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, has died at age 86, according to a close friend of the actor. He passed away early this morning at his home in Dare County, North Carolina.

Griffith forged quite the career in show business, working as an actor, director, producer and writer. He also was a Grammy Award-winning and platinum-selling gospel singer.

The legendary star was a big part of two of the biggest television shows of their eras. Between 1960 and 1968, he starred in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, alongside Don Knotts and Ron Howard. He then turned his attention toward the genre of legal drama, starring in the show Matlock between 1986 and 1995.

In 2005, Griffith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, by President George W. Bush.

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