December 18, 2012
Forever ingrained in America's collective TV memories as both folksy Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" and as the analytical lawyer on "Matlock," Griffith was also a Grammy-winning singer and a damn fine dramatic actor (see the 1957 film "A Face in the Crowd"). We all felt like we knew him.
Griffith died July 3 from a heart attack. He was 86.