Andy Griffith (1926 - 2012) Actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal as 'Sheriff Andy Taylor' in the 1960s television series "The Andy Griffith Show" and Attorney 'Ben Matlock' in the 1980s series "Matlock."
Notable deaths of 2012
Andy Griffith Television icon Andy Griffith, everyone’s favorite small-town sheriff in “The Andy Griffith Show” and a wily defense attorney in “Matlock,” died July 3 at his home in Manteo, N.C. He was 86.
Andy Griffith and Don Knotts posing in a 1986 photo. Both actors starred in 'The Andy Griffith Show.' The televisions show's fictional Mayberry was modeled after Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy, N.C.