George Lindsey, known as TV’s Goober Pyle, dies

May 7, 2012 • Entertainment

This May 1992 photo provided by the The Andy Griffith Show shows Jim Nabors, right, with George Lindsey. Lindsey, who spent nearly 30 years as the grinning Goober , has died, Sunday, May 6, 2012. He was 83. (AP Photo/The Andy Griffith Show)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Lindsey, who made a TV career as a grinning service station attendant named Goober on “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Hee Haw,” has died. He was 83.

The Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville said Lindsay died early Sunday morning after a brief illness.

Lindsey was the beanie-wearing Goober on “The Andy Griffith Show” from 1964 to 1968 and its successor, “Mayberry RFD,” from 1968 to 1971. He played the same jovial character on “Hee Haw” from 1971 until it went out of production in 1993.

“America has grown up with me,” Lindsey said in an Associated Press interview in 1985. “Goober is every man; everyone finds something to like about ol’ Goober.”

He joined “The Andy Griffith Show” in 1964 when Jim Nabors, portraying Gomer Pyle, left the program. Goober Pyle, who Login to read more

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