Andy Griffith, Dies at 86


Actor Andy Griffith, who is remembered in America by programs like “The Andy Griffith Show,” died today at age 86, in North Carolina. Griffith was well-known for his profession as an actor, as well as a producer, director, writer and gospel singer. The actor died at his home in the small island of Roanoke.

U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement today regarding the death of the North Carolina player, calling him “an artist of extraordinary talent” that has marked the footsteps of generations of performers.

In 2005, the actor received the George W. Bush Presidential Medal of Freedom for being one of the best known performers and most beloved in the country. Film director and actor Ron Howard, who played the son of the legendary “sheriff of Mayberry”, said today on Twitter that Griffith pursued excellence and marked several generations.

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