CBS News: Andy Griffith dead at 86
Actor Andy Griffith, whose portrayal of a rural sheriff in a popular 1960s TV show earned him the title of “America’s Favorite Sheriff,” died Tuesday morning. He was 86.
Andrew Samuel Griffith was born June 1, 1926, in Mt. Airy, N.C., a town much like Mayberry. As a child, he sang and played slide trombone in the band at Grace Moravian Church. He originally wanted a career as a musician, but his skills as a storyteller, mixed in with lots of country humor, soon came out. …
Update: From Mark Evanier’s lovely remembrance: “The best thing I can tell you about Andy Griffith, who has just died at the age of 86, is that I never saw or heard any reason to think he was not like the characters he played on TV.”