Submitted by ub on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:34

Longtime TV actor Andy Griffith has died at age 86 at his North Carolina home. Andrew Samuel "Andy" Griffith was an actor, director, producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer.

His legacy role, which earned him the title of "America's Favorite Sheriff"on "The Andy Griffith" show, set in fictional Mayberry, put North Carolina on the map in the entertainment industry. The show ran from 1960-1968, propelling a handful of spin-off programs. Griffith also produced and starred in the television series "Matlock."

Griffith received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 from President George W. Bush.