R.I.P. Andy Griffith

The beloved star of "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock" passes away.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Earlier this morning, Andy Griffith died in his home on Roanoke Island, N.C. at the age of 86. A cause of death has not yet been determined.

Griffith began his career as a comedian and a Broadway performer before transitioning to flims. His first breakout performance came in the 1957 movie, A Face in the Crowd; in which Griffith played a power-hungry drifter who manipulates his way to political power. After a guest appearance on the sitcom "Make Room For Daddy," Griffith landed his biggest role to date playing Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" alongside Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife and Ron Howard as Andy's son, Opie.

"The Andy Griffith Show" ran for eight seasons and spawned two spinoff series as well as a TV reunion movie, Return to Mayberry in 1986. Thanks to the enduring popularity of the series, "The Andy Griffith Show" is still broadcast today in several countries.

After a few less successful television shows like "Headmaster" and "Adams of Eagle Lake," Griffith hit it big again in 1986 as the title character in "Matlock." For nine seasons, Griffith's Matlock demonstrated a Perry Mason-like ability to defend and acquit his clients in court against murder and other serious charges.

Griffith also appeared in a number of TV movies and feature films, including Go Ask Alice, Pray for the Wildcats, Savages, Murder in Coweta County, Hearts of the West and Rustler's Rhapsody. Some of Griffith's final roles included an appearance in Waitress and a starring turn in Play The Game.

In addition to over 60 years of experience as an actor, Griffith also found success as a singer with his album "I Love to Tell the Story — 25 Timeless Hymns;" for which he won a Grammy Award for  Best Southern, Country of Bluegrass Gospel Album.

We at CraveOnline express our condolences and best wishes to Griffith's family and friends as well as his countless fans around the world.