GREENWICH - Many fans of Andy Griffith are in mourning after learning that the actor died this morning.

Griffith played Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" in the 1960s, then a country lawyer in the popular 80s show "Matlock."

Greenwich resident Ron Howard, who played Griffith's son on "The Andy Griffith Show," tweeted, "Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I'm forever grateful RIP Andy."

He was 86.