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George Lindsey, ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Star, Dead at 83

George Lindsey Goober Pyle
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Sad news folks, as today we lay to rest another comedy legend from a bygone era.  George Lindsey, best known for his role as Gomer Pyle’s cousin “Goober” on ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ ‘Mayberry RFD’ and ‘Hee Haw,’ today lost his extended battle with illness, dying at the age of 83.

In addition to his role on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and its resulting spin-offs, Alabama native Lindsey was known for a long history of TV roles, including appearing in ‘Gunsmoke,’ ‘MASH,’ ‘The Wonderful World of Disney,’ ‘CHIPs,’ ‘The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,’ ‘The Real McCoys,’ ‘The Rifleman,’ ‘The Alfred Hitchcock Hour’ and ‘The Twilight Zone.’ No stranger to the movies either, Lindsey featured in ‘Cannonball Run II,’ ‘Take This Job and Shove It’ and lent his voice to characters in Disney animated features ‘The Aristocats,’ ‘The Rescuers’ and ‘Robin Hood.’

Andy Griffith himself spoke out about the passing of his longtime friend, saying:

George Lindsey was my friend…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’.

Though no official arrangements have been made, Lindsey is likely to be buried in his home state of Alabama.  Check out the video below of Lindsey’s time as “Goober,” and leave your best memories of the actor in the comments.

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