Andy Griffith Dead At 86

By: CBS News -- Posted by Suzie Gilbert
By: CBS News -- Posted by Suzie Gilbert

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Television icon Andy Griffith is dead at the age of 86, CBS News reports.

Griffith died at his home in Manteo, North Carolina Tuesday morning. It is unknown how he died.

Griffith became famous for the “The Andy Griffith Show” which ran from 1960 to 1968 on CBS. He also starred in “Mayberry R.F.D.,” “Matlock” and several other television shows, including a guest appearance on “Dawson’s Creek.”

Director Ron Howard, who played “Opie Taylor” on “The Andy Griffith Show,” took to Twitter Tuesday to talk about his friend: “His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I’m forever grateful RIP Andy.”

He made his film debut in 1957 in A Face in the Crowd.

In addition to being an actor, Griffith was a director, producer and even a Grammy Award winning southern gospel singer and writer.

Griffith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President George W. Bush on November 9, 2005.

He was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina on June 1, 1926.

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