Andy Griffith,everybody's Favorite Sheriff, has died at the age of 86.
From IMDB: Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular TV series,
The Andy Griffith Show and
earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill. In the 1950s he became a regular on the Ed Sullivan Show and the
Steve Allen Show. He was featured in the Broadway play "No Time for
Sergeants" (1955) for which he received a Tony nomination and he later appeared in the film version. His film debut was in the provocative and prophetic A Face in the Crowd (1957), in which Griffith gave a performance that has been described as stunning.
On "The Andy Griffith Show"
(1960), Griffith portrayed a folksy small-town sheriff who shared
simple heartfelt wisdom. The show was one of the most popular TV series
in history. It generated some successful spin-offs, and the original is
still seen in re-runs to this day.
Griffith created his own
production company in 1972, which produced several movies and TV series.
In 1981, he was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal in Murder in Texas (1981) (TV). In 1983 Griffith was stricken with Guillain-Barre syndrome, but he recovered after rehabilitation.
In 1986 he produced and starred in the very successful TV series "Matlock" (1986). The show spawned numerous TV movies as well. When he accepted the People's Choice Award for this show, he said this was his favorite role.