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    • Andy Griffith - MT AIRY, NC - JULY 03:  Susan Newton of Mississippi photographs the birthplace of actor Andy Griffith on July 3, 2012 in Mt Airy, North Carolina. Griffith  died around 7am at his North Carolina home at age 86.
    • Andy Griffith - MT AIRY, NC - JULY 03:  A sign commemorates actor Andy Griffith on July 3, 2012 in Mt Airy, North Carolina. Griffith  died around 7am at his North Carolina home at age 86.
    • Andy Griffith - MT AIRY, NC - JULY 03:  Johnny Killiam and his wife Ann Huffman pose for a photo next to a statue of actor Andy Griffith on July 3, 2012 in Mt Airy, North Carolina. Griffith  died around 7am at his North Carolina home at age 86.
    • Andy Griffith - MT AIRY, NC - JULY 03:  Photographs of actor Andy Griffith hang on the wall of the Andy Griffith Theater at the Surry County Arts Council on July 3, 2012 in Mt Airy, North Carolina. Griffith  died around 7am at his North Carolina home at age 86.
    • Andy Griffith - MT AIRY, NC - JULY 03:  Visitors leave flowers next to a statue outside of the Andy Griffith Museum in remembrance of actor Andy Griffith on July 3, 2012 in Mt Airy, North Carolina. Griffith  died around 7am at his North Carolina home at age 86.
    While thought of as mainly a TV comic actor, Andy Griffith first rose to prominence in the movies (A Face in the Crowd) and on record, where his hillbilly twangings about everything from Shakespeare to football made for some hilarious bits. It was these successes that led to the formulation of the Andy Taylor character, from The Andy Griffith Show. Griffith also had several music-only recordings, ...more


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