Published on May 6th, 2012 | by Steven Hodson


Actor George Lindsey Passes Away – Say Goodnight Goober And Thanks For The Laughs [Video]

The majority of people around these days might not remember a little show in the early days of television called Andy Griffith Show that was one of the most popular shows of the times. Of course it starred Andy Griffith but almost equally well known was the character of Goober Pyle who was played by George Lindsey.

It was announced today in a press release from Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville that Lindsey had died Sunday morning after a brief illness.

Goober Pyle was a part of the Andy Griffith Show from 1964 to 1968 and of the successor show Mayberry RFD from 1968 to 1971. After the show was cancelled Lindsey continued to portray the Goober Pyle character on Hee Haw from 1971 until that show was closed out in 1993.

Lindsey’s other acting credits included:

  • M*A*S*H
  • The Wonderful World of Disney
  • CHIPs
  • The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour
  • The Real McCoys
  • Rifleman
  • The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
  • Twilight Zone
  • Love American Style

His long time friend and fellow actor Andy Griffith had this to say in a release via the funeral home

“George Lindsey was my friend. I had great respect for his talent and his human spirit. In recent years, we spoke often by telephone. Our last conversation was a few days ago … I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our eighties, we were not afraid to say, ‘I love you.’ That was the last thing George and I had to say to each other. ‘I love you.'”

Lindsey was 83 when he passed away.

Here is a snippet of him playing Goober Pyle in the Andy Griffith Show.




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