Jack Burns, Best Known For 'The Andy Griffith Show' Dies At 86 Best known for his role on ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ actor and writer Jack Burns has died. He was 86 years old. In addition, he was a writer on shows such as ‘The Muppet Show’ and ‘Hee Haw.’ Comedian, actor, and writer Jack Burns passed away. He was 86 years old. He died in Los Angeles, California due to respiratory failure. Jack is best known for his writing on Hee Haw and The Muppet Show. He also starred on The Andy Griffith Show. He was also known for his comedy partnership with George Carlin.