Actor George Lindsey dies at 83

Comedy actor george LindseyAccording to an obituary released by the Marshall Donnelly Combs Funeral Home in Nashville, Tennessee, he was 83.

Born in 1928, Lindsey grew up in Alabama during the Great Depression, which later provided fodder for his comedy routines.

He served in the US Air Force and worked briefly as a teacher before getting his start in show business – first on stage and then in Hollywood.

Lindsey landed the part of Goober Pyle in 1964 after earlier losing the role of Gomer Pyle to Jim Nabors. He played the role for four seasons on “The Andy Griffith Show” and then for three seasons on its spin-off, “Mayberry R.F.D.”

He went on to play a version of the character over two decades as a regular performer on “Hee Haw.”

Later in his life, Lindsey appeared in guest roles on television and was a voice actor in animated films.

He was also heavily involved in charity. In 1983, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his work for the Special Olympics, hosting an annual George Lindsey Celebrity Golf Weekend from 1973 to 1988.

In a statement provided to the funeral home, Andy Griffith said he had “great respect for [Lindsey’s] talent and his human spirit.”

“George often told me his fondest memories of his life in show business were the years he spent working on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and ‘Mayberry R.F.D.'” Griffith said. “They were for me, too.”


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