RIP Andy Griffith. I can't tell you how many hours I spent in front of the TV watching him.
Beloved actor Andy Griffith died this morning.
Former UNC President Bill Friday says the "Mayberry R.F.D." and "Matlock" actor died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina around 7 a.m.
Griffith, who was born in Mt. Airy, N.C., was launched to fame as Sheriff Andy Taylor in "The Andy Griffith Show" for the CBS television network from 1960-1968. On the show, Ron Howard played his son, Opie. He starred on other shows and in films, but found his greatest success again with legal drama Matlock, from 1986 to 1995. He played the title character, Ben Matlock.
In 2000, Griffith underwent quadruple heart-bypass surgery and in 2007 had hip surgery after a fall.
I'll miss you, Andy. Thanks for making my childhood brighter.