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Andy Griffith Dies At 7 a.m. Buried At 11:30 a.m. & Video

Remembering Andy Griffith In Video

By DiMarkco Chandler

An iconic figure, Andy Griffith, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 7 a.m. ET. The 86-year-old actor/comedian/country singer passed away quietly at his home on Roanoke Island, authorities reported. He was perhaps most known as Sheriff Andy Tayler in “The Andy Griffith Show,” where he played the lead role. The setting of the show took place in the fictional town of Mayberry and ran from 1960 to 1968 on the CBS television network.

Griffith started his career as a monologist and then went to starring in a one-hour teleplay version of “No Time for Sergeants in March 1955 according to Wikipedia.com. He was nominated for a Tony Award as “Distinguished Supporting or Featured Dramatic Actor” in 1956. In 1958, he portrayed a US Coast Guard sailor in “Onionhead,” which never became a commercial success.

After leaving “The Andy Griffith Show” in 1968, he starred in a number of less-successful television series up until 1980.

In 1986, Griffith returned to television as Ben Matlock in the NBC and ABC drama “Matlock. The series was a big success and ran from 1986 to 1995.

CNN has reported that, at the request of Griffith’s family, the actor was buried four and a half hours following his death; something that authorities said was highly unusual. Perhaps their actions will be explained in later news.