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  • APNewsBreak: Andy Griffith widow to raze his home

    The widow of actor Andy Griffith has gotten a permit to tear down the house where he lived for many years on the North Carolina waterfront, upsetting friends who had hoped it would be preserved as a museum or Graceland-type estate.

  • APNewsBreak: Andy Griffith widow to raze his home

    The widow of actor Andy Griffith has gotten a permit to tear down the house where he lived for many years on the North Carolina waterfront, upsetting friends who had hoped it would be preserved as a museum or Graceland-type estate.

  • Andy Griffith (Associated Press)

    Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2012

    Neil Armstrong would always be taking that first step onto the moon, and Dick Clark was forever "the world's oldest teenager." Some of the notables who died in 2012 created images in our minds that remained unchanged over decades.

  • Andy Griffith (Associated Press)

    Tuning in to TV: Mayberry Days include recorded remarks by Ron Howard

    Andy Griffith led by example on the set of his television show, teaching a 6-year-old boy that true leadership requires not only confidence and hard work but also humility, Academy Award-winning film director Ron Howard said in recorded remarks Sunday.

  • Mayberry was home to (from left) Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife, Ron Howard as Opie Taylor and Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor in the 1960s. (Viacom via Associated Press)

    Ron Howard: Director recalls lessons learned from Andy Griffith

    Andy Griffith led by example on the set of his television show, teaching a 6-year-old boy that true leadership requires not only confidence and hard work but also humility, Academy Award-winning film director Ron Howard said in recorded remarks Sunday.

  • Ron Howard's remarks played at Mayberry Days

    Andy Griffith led by example on the set of his television show, teaching a 6-year-old boy that true leadership requires not only confidence and hard work but also humility, Academy Award-winning film director Ron Howard said in recorded remarks Sunday.

  • Mayberry was home to (from left) Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife, Ron Howard as Opie Taylor and Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor in the 1960s. (Viacom via Associated Press)

    Visitors come to Mount Airy looking for Mayberry

    While the town of Mayberry, the setting for "The Andy Griffith Show," was fiction, it was inspired by a real place: Mount Airy, N.C., hometown of the late Andy Griffith. And more than a half-century after the series first aired, fans are still coming to Mount Airy, looking for a glimpse of small-town life and the simpler times portrayed on the show.

  • Visitors come to Mount Airy looking for Mayberry

    In the town of Mayberry from "The Andy Griffith Show," a small-town sheriff and his trusty deputy always outwitted big-city crooks, and problems never got much bigger than a trigger-happy kid with a slingshot.

  • Actor Andy Griffith sits in front of a bronze statue of Sheriff Andy Taylor and son Opie from "The Andy Griffith Show" after the unveiling ceremony in Raleigh, N.C., in October 2003. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan)

    KNIGHT: Why Mayberry still resonates

    "Americans loved, and still love, the notion of the small town as a manageable, non-threatening, friendly, finite community. ...The black-and-white world that Andy Griffith shaped so masterfully is there for our perusal from a distance, but it is not coming back either on television or anywhere else." - Ted Anthony, Associated Press

  • Death certificate: Griffith died of heart attack

    The death certificate for Andy Griffith says the actor's death earlier this week was caused by a heart attack.

  • Andy Griffith evoked, stylized small-town America

    Close your eyes and picture it: small-town America.

  • Andy Griffith, creator of Mayberry, dies at 86

    Andy Griffith's gift to the show that bore his name wasn't just the homespun wisdom of the plain-spoken sheriff he played. It was the place he created: a small town where all foibles are forgiven and friendships are forever, full of characters who felt like family.

  • A few ways to enjoy and celebrate Andy Griffith

    Through his decades-long career, Andy Griffith was beloved, yet somehow taken for granted. He early on gained immortality as Sheriff Andy Taylor. But his skill at playing cornpone decency blinded fans to his ability to master other roles.

  • Beloved actor Andy Griffith dies in NC at age 86

    It was all too easy to confuse Andy Griffith the actor with Sheriff Andy Taylor, his most famous character from "The Andy Griffith Show."

  • Obama speaks fondly of Andy Griffith's career

    President Barack Obama says he is saddened to hear that Andy Griffith has died at age 86 and called the actor an extraordinary talent.

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