Goober is dead: Actor George Lindsay has passed away, at the age of 83

Goober is dead, and if you don't know who he is, it wouldn't be that much of a surprise, as he was a character on "The Andry Griffith Show," portrayed by George Lindsay, and that show has been off the air for a long time.

You can still catch the series on television in reruns, however. It was televised by CBS between October 3, 1960, and April 1, 1968. It was also one of those shows that ended its run on top, finishing its final season at No. 1, and never finishing lower than No. 7 in the ratings.

"The Andy Griffith Show" spawned a spin-off series, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (1964) which ran five seasons, and a sequel series, "Mayberry R.F.D." (1968), which ran three seasons. There was also a reunion telemovie, "Return to Mayberry" (1986).

That spin-off, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." was important for another reason. It removed the character of Gomer Pyle from Mayberry and the Andy Griffith show. A simple, somewhat dim-witted mechanic at Wally's Filling Station, when Gomer (Jim Nabors) left the series, his cousin Goober took over the job.

George Lindsay, who played Goober, had originally read for the part of Gomer, which went to neighbors. In addition to portraying Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show," he continued the role on "Mayberry R.F.D.," as many of the characters from the first series transitioned to the sequel.

During his first full season, Goober was initially referred to as "Goober Beasley." However, to better solidify the connection to Gomer, his surname was changed to "Pyle."

After the end of "Mayberry R.F.D.," Lindsay portrayed the same jovial service station attendant on the country music-comedy show until the show ended in 1983.

A press release from Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville said that George Lindsay died early Sunday morning after a brief illness. Funeral arrangements are still being made.

Lindsay once told an interviewer of the wonderful cast and crew, and time on "The Andy Griffith Show." He said, "At that time, we were the best acting ensemble on TV. The scripts were terrific. Andy is the best script constructionist I've ever been involved with. And you have to lift your acting level up to his; he's awfully good."

In a statement released through the funeral home, Andy Griffith said, "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.'"

George Lindsay died on May 6, 2012, at the age of 83, according to press reports. However, Wikipedia says he was 76.

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Comments

Submitted by Rocky (not verified) on
The country music-comedy show they didn't mention in the article was Hee Haw! George Lindsay had other rolls, but will be best known as Goober and had a great supportive roll in The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D. He was very funny and humorous and will be greatly missed. I think his greatest accomplishment other than the gift of laughter to so many was how he raised over $1,000,000 for Alabama Special Olympics. R.I.P little buddy....May God continue to bless all that he started through you!

Submitted by Butch (not verified) on
Michael Santo. You are a awful reporter and should think about another job. Please do research before you talk about people and get the whole story. You make George Lindsey sound like some silent film star of 1915. Please show respect or stick with stories about Lindsey Lohan,I'm sure you will have all you facts right on her! And stop using Wickipedia for you facts. Lazy,

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree this article begins with a heartless comment. George Lindsay was someone's son, brother, and friend. He deserves better than "Goober is Dead" and comments regarding how unknown you think he is. You are likely very young, but that does not give you the right to dismiss his life as unimportant. If you choose to be a journalist [however distorted this word may be in this case] do your "job" by researching your topics or don't report them at all. Tell us the great things people have done, not the trashy Hollywood talk generally posted here. The level of integrity needs to be elevated, Mr Santo!

Submitted by Dolly Ray...Pro... (not verified) on
I totally agree with you. Does this reporter not realize that shows like "The Andy Griffith Show" are a major part of TV history. Look at all of the stars that Guest starred on this show, including actors from "Father Knows Best", "The Dukes of Hazard", and the LEGENDARY Ron Howard!!!! This man receives just as much respect as the actors from "I LOVE LUCY" and "THE HONEYMOONERS", just because it was based in the south doesnt mean it should not be respected.

Submitted by Dolly Ray...Pro... (not verified) on
I totally agree with you. Does this reporter not realize that shows like "The Andy Griffith Show" are a major part of TV history. Look at all of the stars that Guest starred on this show, including actors from "Father Knows Best", "The Dukes of Hazard", and the LEGENDARY Ron Howard!!!! This man receives just as much respect as the actors from "I LOVE LUCY" and "THE HONEYMOONERS", just because it was based in the south doesnt mean it should not be respected.

Submitted by Dolly Ray...Pro... (not verified) on
I totally agree with you. Does this reporter not realize that shows like "The Andy Griffith Show" are a major part of TV history. Look at all of the stars that Guest starred on this show, including actors from "Father Knows Best", "The Dukes of Hazard", and the LEGENDARY Ron Howard!!!! This man receives just as much respect as the actors from "I LOVE LUCY" and "THE HONEYMOONERS", just because it was based in the south doesnt mean it should not be respected.

Submitted by Butch (not verified) on
Michael Santo. You are a awful reporter and should think about another job. Please do research before you talk about people and get the whole story. You make George Lindsey sound like some silent film star of 1915. Please show respect or stick with stories about Lindsey Lohan,I'm sure you will have all you facts right on her! And stop using Wickipedia for you facts. Lazy!

Submitted by Butch (not verified) on
Michael Santo. You are a awful reporter and should think about another job. Please do research before you talk about people and get the whole story. You make George Lindsey sound like some silent film star of 1915. Please show respect or stick with stories about Lindsey Lohan,I'm sure you will have all you facts right on her! And stop using Wickipedia for you facts. Lazy!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Your title is horrendous...what makes the story even worse is the fact that you don't even know how to spell his name it is LINDSEY....not LINDSAY...Andy Griffith spelled it right in his statement, why can't you? By the way, I am sure George had more money than you will ever make, Michael Santo. I am also sure he could research and find out how to spell a name correctly. Sure teh Andy Griffith show has been off the air for a while, but it is on TV every single day, still. Unlike some reporters (loose term), who will not be long in the business. Where will you be or how will you be remembered 50 years from now?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Your title is horrendous...what makes the story even worse is the fact that you don't even know how to spell his name: it is LINDSEY....not LINDSAY...Andy Griffith spelled it right in his statement, why can't you? By the way, I am sure George had more money than you will ever make, Michael Santo. I am also sure he could research and find out how to spell a name correctly. Sure the Andy Griffith show has been off the air for a while, but it is on TV every single day, still. Unlike some reporters (loose term), who will not be long in the business. Where will you be or how will you be remembered 50 years from now? Note how the misspelled words are now corrected?

Submitted by Teresa (not verified) on
Apparently proofreading is a lost art....neighbors??? Correct is Jim NABORS...I'm out of work now, maybe they should hire me to be a proofreader? But, so sorry Goober's gone...he was a loveable character.