Andy Griffith, the venerated star of two television classics, The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock , died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina this morning at age 86. Griffith's death was announced by Bill Friday, a former president of the University of North Carolina and a close friend of the actor. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. Only last month, in a survey conducted on Fathers Day by the Tampa Bay Tribune , Griffith, who played single dad Sheriff Andy Taylor on the eponymous show, was voted the Best Pop Culture Father in the history of TV, with 82 percent of the vote. (Robert Reed of The Brady Bunch came in at No. 2 with 18 percent.)