‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ ‘Matlock’ star Andy Griffith dead at 86

The world of television lost an icon on Tuesday morning, as the news first broke that Andy Griffith was dead at the age of 86. To many, he was a symbol of the golden age of television — for others, he was an inspiration for their future career in the field. He was never the guy to make a plethora of public appearances or care about having his name in the headlines week after week, but with every move he made he helped to shape the minds and hearts of a generation.

There’s no questioning that Griffith his best known for his “Andy Griffith Show,” which ran for over 200 episodes from 1960 to 1968. (There was also a brief revival in 1971.) The show helped to create the careers of such people as Don Knotts and Ron Howard, who followed up his stint here with over 170 episodes appearing on “Happy Days.” Griffith later guest-starred in countless other TV series before landing another big-time hit show in “Matlock,” which he did for over 170 episodes from 1986 until 1995. By the time he was finished, Griffith had appeared in over 400 episodes of various television series, and also inspired everything from museums honoring his life to Presidential honors — including the one you see on the left.

Unfortunately, few details have come out about Griffith’s passing at this time, but expect to hear more about memorials for the actor in the coming days. His death comes mere months after George Lindsey, a good friend who appeared on his self-titled show as Goober Pyle, passed away.

How will you remember Andy? Be sure to share your tributes below, and our thoughts go out to his loved ones and those who loved him during this difficult time.

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