Actor Andy Griffith is all smiles following his being named top male performer for “Matlock” at the 13th Annual People’s Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. in this March 13, 1987 file photo. Griffith was also a recipient of the 2005 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
July 3, 2012 in Nation/World
MANTEO, N.C. — Andy Griffith, who made homespun Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in “The Andy Griffith Show” and the rumpled defense lawyer in “Matlock,” died today. …