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Andy Griffith Dead at 86

Andy Griffith, an indelible part of American and pop culture, died this morning at his home in North Carolina, WITN reports. He was 86. Griffith's big break came in the 1957 movie A Face in the Crowd, and he became the iconic television father as Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show, which ran from 1960 through 1968. Griffith solidified his TV-fixture status as Matlock, from 1986 through 1995, and in 2005 he was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom.