(CBS News) – Actor Andy Griffith, whose portrayal of a rural sheriff in a popular 1960s TV show earned him the title of “America’s Favorite Sheriff,” died Tuesday morning. He was 86.

His death was confirmed in a statement from the Dare County, N.C., sheriff’s office.

CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker reports that while Griffith’s long career stretched from nightclubs to radio to movies to music, it was a role as a small-town sheriff that made him beloved to millions of Americans.

Viewers tuned in “The Andy Griffith Show” not to watch Sheriff Andy Taylor solve big crimes but to watch him solve the little problems of life in the fictional Mayberry, N.C. Most critics consider the show, which ran from 1960 to 1968, one of the top four or five sitcoms ever shown on television.

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