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Andy Griffith dies at age 86, celebrities react

<div class="meta "><span class="caption-text ">&#39;Andy Griffith ... His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations and shaped my life I&#39;m forever grateful RIP Andy,&#39; Tweeted Ron Howard, who played Griffith&#39;s character&#39;s son Opie Taylor on &#39;The Andy Griffith Show.&#39; &#40;Pictured: Ron Howard appears in a Twitter photo in 2012.&#41; (twitter.com&#47;RealRonHoward)</span></div>
July 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT