(CBS News) Celebrities have released statements and taken to Twitter to remember beloved TV actor Andy Griffith, who died at his home in North Carolina on Tuesday. He was 86.
Griffith was known for portraying the wise sheriff in CBS' "The Andy Griffith Show" and the defense lawyer in "Matlock."
Director/actor Ron Howard rose to fame in the 1960s as a child actor on "The Andy Griffith Show," in which he played Opie, the son of Sheriff Andy Taylor, portrayed by Griffith.
Upon hearing the news of the actor's death, Howard tweeted and also released a statement to Deadline.com, explaining: "His love of creating, the joy he took in it whether it was drama or comedy or his music, was inspiring to grow up around. The spirit he created on the set of The Andy Griffith Show was joyful and professional all at once. It was an amazing environment. And I think it was a reflection of the way he felt about having the opportunity to create something that people could enjoy. It was always with respect and passion for the opportunity and really what it could offer people in a very unpretentious and earthy way. He felt he was always working in service of an audience he really respected and cared about. He was a great influence on me. His passing is sad. But he lived and a great rich life."
President Barack Obama also released a statement about Griffith: "A performer of extraordinary talent, Andy was beloved by generations of fans and revered by entertainers who followed in his footsteps. He brought us characters from Sheriff Andy Taylor to Ben Matlock, and in the process, warmed the hearts of Americans everywhere."
Here's a look at some celebrity tweets:
Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I'm forever gratefulRIP Andy-- Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 3, 2012
RIP the forever in our memory Andy Griffith-- Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) July 3, 2012
Rest in peace, Andy Griffith.-- Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 3, 2012
Sad to hear news of Andy Griffith's death. He was a terrific actor, a great comedian, an endearing person. He lived a long & fruitful life.-- Larry King(@kingsthings) July 3, 2012
More than a face in the crowd: RIP Andy Griffith.-- Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 3, 2012
RiP Andy Griffith!!! Sadness abounds!!!-- octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) July 3, 2012
just found out the ANDY GRIFFITH passed away. an american treasure. if you can, give a little whistle for him today.-- Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas) July 3, 2012
Take a moment and whistle "The Andy Griffith Show" theme today - finger snap optional - RIP Andy Griffith-- Ralph Macchio (@ralphmacchio) July 3, 2012
we lost a legend...RIP Andy Griffith-- Denise Richards (@DENISE_RICHARDS) July 3, 2012
staying positive and sharing joy ....Andy Griffith will always be remembered for bringing us all peace and wholesome entertainment-- Andie MacDowell (@AndieMacDowell3) July 3, 2012
AndyGriffith passes, age 86. HUGE bucket of win life. Cane pole in hand, he's headed toward the Fishin' Hole of eternity... #WhistleForAndy-- KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) July 3, 2012
RIP Andy Griffith.Sometimes I wish the world was as simple as it used to be in Mayberry.-- Frank Caliendo (@FrankCaliendo) July 3, 2012
Heaven gained a talented man today. Mr. Andy Griffith, thanks for giving me amazing memories with my family growing up watching your show!-- Hillary Scott (@HillaryScottLA) July 3, 2012
Sad note Andy Griffith has passedaway see the movie , a face in the crowd you will know he wasn't just Mayberry. Condolences to his family— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) July 3, 2012
Andy Griffith entertained the world. He improved our lives, and I was so proud to work with him call him a friend. Love you Andy. Go rest.— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) July 3, 2012
Andy Griffith... Truly a GREAT actor. "A Face in the Crowd" Brilliant."the Andy Griffith Show" Genius.A true talent... RIP— Jon Lovitz (@realjonlovitz) July 3, 2012