Andy Griffith

A former high school music teacher, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002107" title="Andy Griffith" href="/topic/entertainment/television/andy-griffith-PECLB002107.topic">Griffith</a> launched his career as an entertainer in the early 1950s and become one of the most beloved TV stars for his roles as the folksy sheriff in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTTV0000000088" title="The Andy Griffith Show (tv program)" href="/topic/entertainment/television/the-andy-griffith-show-%28tv-program%29-ENTTV0000000088.topic">"The Andy Griffith Show"</a> and later as a lawyer on "Matlock."  He was 86. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-andy-griffith-20120704,0,387588.story"><span class="center_label">Full obituary</span></a><br>
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A former high school music teacher, Griffith launched his career as an entertainer in the early 1950s and become one of the most beloved TV stars for his roles as the folksy sheriff in "The Andy Griffith Show" and later as a lawyer on "Matlock." He was 86. Full obituary

Notable deaths of 2012

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