TV’s Andy Griffith Remembered

Andy Griffith is one of the most beloved television stars. Take a look at his career in pictures.

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Actor Andy Griffith, who won the hearts of 1960s TV viewers with his roles as gentle Sheriff Andy Taylor in “The Andy Griffith Show,” and country lawyer, Ben Matlock, in “Matlock,” has died at age 86. Click to see photos from his long career.
Cast members from "The Andy Griffith Show" pose in this undated photo. From left: Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife, Ron Howard as Opie Taylor and Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor. Episodes of the show are still in reruns.
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In this 1965 episode of the "The Andy Griffith Show" Howard McNear stars as Floyd the Barber and Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor.
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Don Knotts, known as Deputy Barney Fife poses with Andy Griffith in this 1965 publicity still for the "The Andy Griffith Show."
Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife and Andy Griffith, as Sheriff Andy Taylor, in a scene from the "The Andy Griffith Show", Jan. 24, 1963.
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Andy Griffith's longest and most popular character role of Andy Taylor, on "The Andy Griffith Show" was ranked at number 8 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time", in its June 2004 issue.
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Although known for his roles on TV, Andy Griffith was an avid musician, recording many albums and incorporating music into his shows. Griffith's album, "I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns", earned him a Grammy for Best Country Gospel Album and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA.
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Actress Doris Day Andy Griffith have a laugh in an episode of "The Doris Day Show" in 1972.
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Andy Griffith married his first wife, Barbara Edwards in 1949. They were married for 23 years and had three children together, Dixie, Nan, and Sam, a real estate agent who died in 1996. After his divorce with Edwards, Griffith married Solica Casuto in 1975, a marriage that also ended in divorce in 1981. Griffith is now married to Cindi Knight.
Griffith appeared on Broadway in the play, “No Time for Sergeants” (1955) for which he received a Tony nomination. Also appeared in the film version.
Andy Griffith starred in the Broadway musical “Destry Rides Again.” Here he pins a badge on the lapel of Ernest F. Hollings, governor of South Carolina, after performance in 1959.
Miss Tennessee bears up under tribute by two stars of the Broadway musical, "Destry Rides Again" in 1959. In the 1950's Griffith became a regular on the Ed Sullivan Show and Steve Allen Show.
Andy Griffith is shown on the studio lot in Los Angeles in 1977. Griffith created his own production company in 1972, which produced many TV shows and films.
1986, Griffith produced and starred in the TV series, “Matlock”. The show spawned many TV movies and when he accepted the People’s Choice Award for the show, he said it was his favorite role.
Actor Andy Griffith and Dick Van Dyke pose on the set of "Matlock" in 1986.
Jim Nabors, George Lindsey, Don Knotts, Andy Griffith and and Ron Howard reprise their roles from the popular series "The Andy Griffith Show" in 1987.
In 1982, Andy Griffith was stricken with Guillain-Barre syndrome and was partially paralyzed. After rehabilitation, however, Griffith was able to walk again and return to acting.
Andy Griffith stared in a pro-medicare ad aimed toward retirees on the 45th anniversary of Medicare. The ad’s goal was to clarify the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare" to retirees and senior citizens.
At the age of 81, Andy Griffith appeared in the movie "Waitress" as a diner owner in the critically acclaimed film.
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“TV shows come and go, but there’s only one Andy Griffith,” said President Bush upon awarding Griffith the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. “And we thank him for being such a friendly and beloved presence in our American life.”
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