US TV legend Andy Griffith, best known for The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, has died at the age of 86.
North Carolina’s WITN News reported Griffith died on Tuesday morning about 7 am. (US) at his home in Dare County, North Carolina.
Griffith is best remembered as the affable TV sheriff and star of The Andy Griffith Show, a role he played from 1960 to 1968 opposite then child star Ron Howard and bumbling deputy Don Knotts. He made a triumphant return to TV in the late 1980s in the legal drama Matlock.
Griffith was also an accomplished dramatic actor in movies like 1957’s A Face in the Crowd in which he played against type as a corrupt evangelical preacher. He continued to work into his older years, appearing in cameos in shows like Dawson’s Creek and the indie hit Waitress.