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TheDailyBeast: Summer 2012's Lost Legends

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Andy Griffith

(June 1, 1926–July 3, 2012)

Mayberry was small-town utopia. The fictional setting of the classic ’60s sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show" was comfort food in a decade that grew increasingly tumultuous. And Andy Griffith was its venerable mayor. Griffith, who died July 3 at age 86, spent seven seasons as Sheriff Andy Taylor, the straight man and heart of a comedy so popular it was still No. 1 in the ratings when it went off the air. Three decades later, the actor struck gold again as cantankerous defense attorney Ben Matlock on the popular long-running drama "Matlock," but Malcolm Jones at The Daily Beast says that "The Andy Griffith Show" and the charming town of Mayberry will forever be Griffith’s finest achievement: “Fifty years later, faults and all, it’s still one of the best things ever to appear on American television.”

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