He was best known for playing the part of folksy Mayberry Sheriff Andy Griffin. Him and Don Knots wee two of the best ever. Did you know that not one curse word was ever uttered on the show and its still very popular today. Andy Griffith, an actor whose folksy Southern manner charmed audiences for more than 50 years on Broadway, in movies, on albums and especially on television — most notably as the small-town sheriff on the long-running situation comedy that bore his name — died on Tuesday at his home on Roanoke Island in North Carolina. He was 86.