Beloved Actor Andy Griffith Dead at 86
A father figure to several generations, he was best known for his TV work of course, but Andy Griffith had quite a few big screen roles. The tall actor from Mount Airy, North Carolina most notably played Lonesome Rhodes in Elia Kazan’s ahead-of-its-time satire A FACE IN THE CROWD (1957) and as Private Will Stockdale in NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS (1958 – where he met his costar and lifelong friend Don Knotts). Other movie credits included ANGEL IN MY POCKET (1969), and as ‘Old Joe’ in WAITRESS (2007). Griffith was 86.
From The Fox News Website:
Legendary television actor Andy Griffith, who made a name for himself with his self-titled comedy “The Andy Griffith Show” and later on the long-running series “Matlock,” has died at the age of 86, according to multiple reports.
Griffith was rushed to a North Carolina hospital by an EMS team after they were called to his Roanoke home Tuesday morning. The actor’s close friend, former UNC President Bill Friday, confirmed the news to several sources, including TMZand a local NBC affiliate.
The details surrounding the cause of his death were not immediately available…………..
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