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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 17 December 1928Fairfield, Alabama, USA
Date of Death 6 May 2012Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Birth NameGeorge Smith Lindsey
Nickname Goober
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (2)

George Lindsey graduated from the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. He has been promoting the George Lindsey Film Festival there since 1998.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ezkocisek@aol.com

George Lindsey quickly became an icon on television in the 1960's playing the part of 'Goober Pyle" on the "Andy Griffith Show". He replaced Jim Nabors who portrayed "Gomer Pyle" who ran the "fillin station" on "The Andy Griffith Show". As Jim Nabors was tapped for his own show "Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.", cousin "Goober" was introduced to become the new mechanic and running the "fillin station" on "The Andy Griffith Show". He fit in perfectly with his country wit, impersonations of Cary Grant, (Judy,Judy,Judy"), and playing the a dim-witted bulb often to the consternation of Sheriff Andy Taylor. He always wore his stocking type cap which always looked worn and dirty. Lindsay played this role also in "Mayberry R.F.D." and continued playing basically the same and other characters on "Hee Haw" for many years. Although he did not perform in a myriad of shows, he was always recognizable as Goober and did not have a shortage of work. Between "The Andy Griffith show" and "Hee Haw", this provided him with almost 25 years worth of work a busy schedule for anyone. George frequented other country and western TV shows and movies including "Gunsmoke", "Cannonball Run", "Take This Job & Shove It" and others. But he also found work on "The Alfred Hitchock Show", "The Rifleman", "Twilight Zone" and many others. George provided much comedic relief to millions of viewers for over a generation and will never be forgotten by those who enjoyed him.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Hafker thehuntzie@yahoo.com

Spouse (1)

Joy Herbert (1956 - 1991) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (17)

Although Lindsey has pretty much made a career out of playing variations of his most famous character, Goober from the 'Andy Griffith Show (1963)' -- a genial, good-hearted but somewhat slow-witted hick--Lindsey has a Bachelors Degree in Bioscience from the University of North Alabama and was a science teacher before deciding to become an actor.
Disney used his talents in a handful of projects, both as comedy support in features and giving vocal life to a few of their animated characters.
Former high school teacher and briefly a stand-up comic.
Appeared in a couple of musicals ("All-American" and "Wonderful Town") before heading to Los Angeles in the early 60s.
TV Land's Star Trek (1966) marathon on November 17th, 2006, had comments by the actors. Leonard Nimoy's stunner was that Gene Roddenberry's first choice to play "Spock" was George Lindsey. He turned the part down and the rest is history.
Attended Kemper Military School & College in Boonville, Missouri.
Has a son George Lindsey Jr., a daughter Camden Jo Lindsey Gardner, and two grandsons.
According to Jim Nabors, Lindsey was first considered for the role of Gomer Pyle.
Devoted a good deal of his time to raising money for Alabama Special Olympics.
Moved to Hollywood in the early 1960's.
Attended American Theater Wing in N.Y. in 1956.
Lindsay and Academy Award winning actor Ernest Borgnine became close friends in the 20 years before Lindsay's death. Borgnine, who admitted to suffering from depression, claimed that Lindsay saved his life with his friendship.
He played quarterback on the Florence State Teachers College (now University of North Alabama) football team.
Two of his closest friends Andy Griffith's and Ernest Borgnine's both died two months after him.
George Lindsey was born in Jasper, Alabama.
Inducted into the University of North Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. When Lindsey attended the school, it was called Florence State Teachers College.
Inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1983 in the category Youth Benefactor.

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