George Lindsey (December 17, 1928 – May 6, 2012) a character actor who is best known for his roles as “Goober Pyle” on “The Andy Griffith Show,” died Sunday at his home in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 83.
Lindsey played the small town’s gas station attendant. He joined “The Andy Griffith Show” in 1964 when Jim Nabors, portraying Gomer Pyle, left the program. He reprised the Goober Pyle role on the country variety program “Hee Haw.”
Lindsey’s Hollywood work also included roles in “M*A*S*H” “Gunsmoke,” “The Rifleman,” and “The Twilight Zone.” He was in movies including “Take This Job and Shove It” and “Cannonball Run II,” was a judge for the Miss USA pageant for years.
Lindsey was born in Jasper, Ala., the son of a butcher. He received a bachelor of science degree from Florence State Teachers College (now the University of North Alabama) in 1952 after majoring in physical education and biology.
In addition to his acting/comedy work, Lindsey was also involved in charity work and raised more than $1.7 million for the Alabama Special Olympics through his George Lindsey Celebrity Golf Tournament.
In the obituary released from the Nashville funeral home handling Lindsey’s arrangements said the actor often joked about what he wanted written on his tombstone.
“One choice goes for the joke: ‘I told you I was sick.’ The other goes for the heart: ‘I hope I made you laugh.’ ”
Lindsey is survived by his son George Lindsey Jr., daughter Camden Jo Lindsey Gardner, and two grandsons.