Andy Griffith

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Andy Griffith as a high school student (left) and from 1963 (right.)
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Andy Griffith laughs it up with Don Knotts while taping a television program on Oct. 20, 1967 . (AP Photo)
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Andy Griffith (right) as Sheriff Andy Taylor and Don Knotts (left) as Deputy Barney Fife, in a scene from the "The Andy Griffith Show", Jan. 24, 1963. (AP Photo)
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Andy Griffith (right) as Sheriff Andy Taylor and Don Knotts (left) as Deputy Barney Fife, in a scene from the "The Andy Griffith Show." (AP Photo)
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Jim Nabors (top left) in character on Jan. 9, 1987, George Lindsey (top right), five-time Emmy winner Don Knotts (bottom left), Andy Griffith (bottom center) and Ron Howard reprise their roles from the popular series "The Andy Griffith Show" in "Return to Mayberry," a comedy film that finds Andy Taylor (Griffith) returning to Mayberry to run again for sheriff, only to discover his former deputy Barney Fife (Knotts) has also entered the race. . (AP Photo)
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Actor Andy Griffith and Dick Van Dyke pose on the set of the series "Matlock" in which Griffith stars in March 1986. (AP Photo)
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Andy Griffith, photographed on the set of TV's "Salvage-1" near Los Angeles, Feb. 23, 1979 plays salvage expert extraordinaire Harry Broderick, hero of the series. He's best known as Sheriff Andy Taylor of "the Andy Griffith show, which ran for 8 years in the 1960s." (AP Photo)
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Comedian actor Andy Griffith is shown on the studio lot in Los Angeles Sept. 3, 1977. (AP Photo/Nick Ut )
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Andy Griffith, star of the New York stage play "No Time for Sergeants," ponders the problems of a cameraman at Warner Brother's studio in Burbank, Nov. 8, 1957 where he is working in "Onionhead." The movie is a story of a recruit in the U.S. Coast Guard, played by Griffith, who loses all his hair and is dubbed "Onionhead" by his crew mates. (AP Photo/David F. Smith)
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Andy Griffith (right) plays the nefarious General Rancor in the Hollywood Pictures comedy 'Spy Hard' with Leslie Nielsen (left).
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David Carradine and Andy Griffith sung together on an episode of 'Matlock'.
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Andy Griffith sings to the tattooed lady (Roberta Keith) during the carnival sequence on NBC's 'The Dean Martin Show.'
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Actor Andy Griffith plays a man, John Wallace, who thinks he is above the law in an upcoming CBS-TV film, "Murder in Coweta County" poses in Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 31, 1983. Singer Johnny Cash co-stars as sheriff Lamar Potts who pursues Griffith for a murder in his county. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
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Actor Andy Griffith shown in Toluca Lake, Calif in March 6, 1987 during an interview for an APN story. Griffith died Tuesday. He was 86. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac)
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Actor Andy Griffith, Jan. 9, 1984. (AP Photo)
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Actor Andy Griffith, Jan. 19, 1983. (AP PhotoWally Fong)
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Don Knotts, right, and Andy Griffith appear together at the unveiling of a star for Knotts on the Walk of Fame in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles Wednesday Jan. 19, 2000. Knotts, in the memorable role of Deputy Barney Fife, played across from Griffith in the "Andy Griffith Show." (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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Actor Andy Griffith is all smiles following his being named top male performer in a new TV program, "Matlock," at the 13th Annual People?s Choice Awards, Sunday, March 15, 1987 in Santa Monica, California. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)
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Andy Griffith sits in front of a bronze statue of Andy and Opie from the "Andy Griffith Show," in this Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003 file photo, after the statue was unveiled during a ceremony in Raleigh, N.C. Griffith, the actor who portrayed the sheriff of the fictional town of Mayberry, N.C., has sued a Wisconsin resident who unsuccessfully bid for the Grant County post after legally changing his name to Andrew Jackson Griffith in May. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan, File)
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FILE - This Oct. 28, 2003 file photo shows actor Andy Griffith sitting in front of a bronze statue of Andy and Opie from the "Andy Griffith Show," after the unveiling ceremony in Raleigh, N.C. Griffith, whose homespun mix of humor and wisdom made "The Andy Griffith Show" an enduring TV favorite, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Manteo, N.C. He was 86. (AP PhotoBob Jordan, File)
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FILE - This Nov. 9, 2005 file photo shows President Bush presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to actor Andy Griffith in the East Room of the White House. Griffith, whose homespun mix of humor and wisdom made "The Andy Griffith Show" an enduring TV favorite, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Manteo, N.C. He was 86. (AP PhotoEvan Vucci, file)
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FILE - This Feb. 23, 1979 file photo shows actor Andy Griffith on the set of TV's "Salvage-1" near Los Angeles. Griffith, whose homespun mix of humor and wisdom made "The Andy Griffith Show" an enduring TV favorite, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Manteo, N.C. He was 86. (AP Photo, file)
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FILE - This Jan. 31, 1983 file photo shows actor Andy Griffith posing in Los Angeles to promote his upcoming CBS-TV film, "Murder in Coweta County". Griffith, whose homespun mix of humor and wisdom made "The Andy Griffith Show" an enduring TV favorite, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Manteo, N.C. He was 86. (AP PhotoWally Fong, file)
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FILE - This Jan. 24, 1963 file photo shows actors Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor, right, and Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife, in a scene from the "The Andy Griffith Show." Griffith, whose homespun mix of humor and wisdom made "The Andy Griffith Show" an enduring TV favorite, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Manteo, N.C. He was 86. (AP Photo, file)
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FILE This Jan. 31, 1983 file photo shows actor Andy Griffith posing in Los Angeles to promote his upcoming CBS-TV film, "Murder in Coweta County". Griffith, whose homespun mix of humor and wisdom made "The Andy Griffith Show" an enduring TV favorite, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Manteo, N.C. He was 86. (AP PhotoWally Fong, file)
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FILE- This undated file image originally released by Viacom shows cast members from "The Andy Griffith Show," from left, Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife, Ron Howard as Opie Taylor and Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor. Griffith, whose homespun mix of humor and wisdom made "The Andy Griffith Show" an enduring TV favorite, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Manteo, N.C. He was 86. (AP PhotoViacom, file)
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Andy Griffith playing Ben Matlock in a 1989 NBC photo.
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Andy Griffith and wife Cindi Knight in a 1986 photo. Knight is a Jacksonville native who graduated from Terry Parker High School. They met when Griffith appeared in a production of "The Lost Colony." Griffith portrayed Sir Walter Raleigh, and Knight played Eleanor Dare. They married at Griffith's Manteo, N.C., home in 1983; she was 27 and he was 56
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Andy Griffith with Brynn Thayer in an ABC image from 1993. Thayer portrayed Ben Matlock's daughter Leanne
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Don Knotts and Andy Griffith rekindled their partnership during the run of Matlock.
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Don Knotts (left) and Andy Griffith.
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Andy Griffith's mother-in-law Muriel Knight talked about the celebrity and their relationship in 1989. Also present were Mary Dean (sitting) and Lois Jones, Knight's mother.
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From the Times-Union files/August 1974
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NBC promotional photo of Andy Griffith as Benjamin Matlock, 1986
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Characters Andy Griffith and Helen Crump in "The Andy Griffith Show."
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David Ogden Stiers (left) as a special guest star on Andy Griffith's "Matlock" in 1987. Photo provided by NBC.

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Actor Andy Griffith died Tuesday. He was 86.

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