Legendary television actor Andy Griffith, who made a name for himself with his self-titled comedy “The Andy Griffith Show” and later on the long-running series “Matlock,” has died at the age of 86, according to multiple reports.
Griffith was rushed to a North Carolina hospital by an EMS team after they were called to his Roanoke home Tuesday morning. The actor’s close friend, former UNC President Bill Friday, confirmed the news to several sources, including TMZ and a local NBC affiliate.
The details surrounding the cause of his death were not immediately available. Griffith first gained prominence in Hollywood after appearing in the Elia Kazan film “A Face in the Crowd.” In 1960, he played the lead character in “The Andy Griffith Show,” where he became a household name and a staple of American television. The show ran until 1968.
In 1986, he returned to television with the long-running series, “Matlock.” He was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George Bush.