Andy Griffith, best known as Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show," was as much an American television classic as Johnny Carson.

With news of his passing Tuesday at age 86, celebrities who were influenced by Griffith's brand of comedy and class took to Twitter to express their sympathies, from Ron Howard (who worked with Griffith as a child actor on his eponymous sitcom) to rocker Slash. We've collected some of the best.

Celebrities remember Andy Griffith:

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  • Ron Howard

  • Jeff Daniels

  • Roger Ebert

  • Ralph Macchio

  • Larry King

  • Denise Richards

  • octavia spencer

  • Eric Lange

  • Morgan Spurlock

  • Phillip Phillips

  • Audrina Patridge

  • Hillary Scott

  • Rob Thomas

  • Scotty McCreery

  • Slash

  • Patton Oswalt

  • Brad Paisley

  • Blair Waldorf

  • Drew Carey

  • KevinSmith

  • nathan followill