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As a new year dawns, a tribute to those we've lost in the year now ending is merited ... and in 2012, those sad milestones have encompassed some of the most popular personalities in television history.
Dick Clark: The number of music stars who owe at least part of their success to the "American Bandstand" maestro is incalculable. Thanks to him, people also enjoy "New Year's Rockin' Eve," receive American Music Awards and have a greater appreciation of bloopers. Here's a "so long" salute to you, Dick.
Larry Hagman: The truly unfortunate irony of the veteran actor's recent death is that he was just starting his second round of "Dallas" success as master schemer J.R. Ewing. He'll also »
Hollywood bid goodbye to several greats in 2012.The most unexpected passing was Whitney Houston, who drowned in her hotel room bathtub in February. The pop superstar was just 48-years-old. “The Green Mile” actor Michael Clarke Duncan never recovered from a heart attack and died in September at age 54.TV lost a number of legends. Dick Clark died of a heart attack in April, and Andy Griffith of the same cause in July. Andy's costar George Lindsey -- who played Goober Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show" -- passed in May. Other notable passings included Adam “McA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys and "At Last" singer Etta James.Click “Launch Gallery” above to remember the celebrities that we lost in 2012, but will never forget. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
One of the most fascinating aspects of our podcast is watching the struggle within the Walt Disney Company to blend reality and fantasy. From the beginning, Disney had stated that he wanted movies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to be perceived as films for adults, as opposed to films for children or families. I’m always heartened to see that comment brought up in modern conversation, because the stigma that animation is specifically for children hasn’t ever dissipated in popular culture. What frustrates me is the film Disney refers to, and how it became a template of sorts for the animators and filmmakers who work at the Walt Disney Company. »
- Josh Spiegel
The actor best known for his role in the 1955 film 'Marty' died on July 8 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his wife and children by his side. Ernest Borgnine died on July 8 after suffering from renal failure. The actor who became famous for his role in McHale's Navy, and the film From Here to Eternity died at 95-years-old. Later, Ernest played a 34-year-old, who thought he would never fall in love in the film Marty. He won the Oscar for his role in the film. From 1962 to 1966, Ernest played a Navy vet in McHale's Navy. Ernest is survived by his fifth wife, Tova Traesnaes — whom he married in 1973 —his children Christofer, Nancee and Sharon Borgnine; a stepson, David Johnson; six grandchildren; and his sister, Evelyn Verlardi. — Chloe Melas More Sad Deaths Of TV Legends: ‘Andy Griffith Show’ Star George Lindsey Dead At 83 Dick Clark Dead - Legendary TV Host »
- Chloe Melas
American actor whose career was defined by his role as the folksy Sheriff Andy Taylor
It may seem unfair that the nine seasons (1960-68) during which the actor Andy Griffith, who has died aged 86, distributed folksy wisdom as Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show should define his career, but that is partly because the television programme has lived on in syndication for the past 44 years, and also because Griffith brought such verisimilitude to the character. The shrewd country bumpkin is a staple of American myth, and Griffith was its finest practitioner since Will Rogers. His finest roles allowed him to explore multiple facets of that character, which he reprised as the defence attorney Ben Matlock (1986-95). He claimed modestly that "any time I try to play anything that doesn't come natural, I'm just plain bad".
And it did come natural. Griffith was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, »
- Michael Carlson
Andy Griffith, the beloved Sheriff Andy Taylor of TV's iconic The Andy Griffith Show and dramatic defense attorney on Matlock, died at his North Carolina home Tuesday morning. He was 86. Andy's close friend, former Unc President Bill Friday, broke the news to North Carolina's Witn News, saying Griffith died at his Dare County home around 7:00 a.m. A native of Mount Airy, N.C., Griffith originally wanted to be an opera singer, then a preacher, before turning to acting in college. In the late '40s, he and his new bride, the former Barbara Edwards, set out with song-and-dance »
- Stephen M. Silverman and Kristin Boehm
The sheriff of Mayberry has passed away. Legendary actor Andy Griffith died Tuesday morning at his home in Dare County, N.C. at the age of 86. Griffith had a remarkable life-long television career starting with playing the lovable sheriff on The Andy Griffith Show, which aired from 1960-1968. Of course, the show launched the career of Ron Howard, who played Griffith's son Opie. Howard took to Twitter to pay tribute to Griffith. "His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life. I'm forever grateful. Rip Andy," Howard tweeted.
Griffith found success later in life on the legal drama Matlock, which was on air for 11 years.
In addition to acting, Griffith was a director, producer, and Grammy-award winning Southern-gospel singer. He received a Grammy Award for 1997's "I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns." Griffith also had a career on Broadway. He earned »
- Chris Ortiz
Late actor George Lindsey was honoured by friends and family during a public memorial service in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday.
The Andy Griffith Show funnyman passed away on 6 May at the age of 83 following a brief illness and fans turned out in their droves at the Westminster Presbyterian Church to pay their last respects.
Veteran actor Griffith sent along a touching statement that was read aloud for his former co-star, who played Goober Pyle on the long-running U.S. sitcom during the 1960s.
The tribute read, "George told me his fondest memories in show business were the years he spent working on The Andy Griffith Show and (spin-off series) Mayberry Rfd. They were for me, too."
Singer Ray Stevens performed Everything Is Beautiful in Lindsey's honour, telling the crowd, "He warmed a lot of hearts with his brand of humour - wholesome, American humour," and actor Ernest Borgnine, 92, who was unable to attend the event, sent in an emotional video tribute recalling the best moments he shared with his pal.
The Hee-Haw star is to be buried in his native Jasper, Alabama, according to the Associated Press. »
The superstar was a fashion icon who revolutionized haircare -- so sad. Vidal Sassoon has died at age 84. Vidal was a world-famous stylist who is credited with inventing the 'bob' hairstyle, among many other modern beauty innovations. He died from an unspecified illness at his Hollywood home, surrounded by family, TMZ reports. He is survived by his fourth wife, Rhonda Sassoon, and three children. We wish his loved ones the best during this difficult time. [TMZ] -- William Earl More Celeb Passings: Maurice Sendak Dead At 83 — So Sad ‘Andy Griffith Show’ Star George Lindsey Dead At 83 Beastie Boys Rapper Adam Yauch: Dead At 47 »
- William Earl
"George Lindsey: warm, intelligent, lovable. He generated lots of laughs and raised a lot of money for Special Olympics Rip George". Actor-turned-director Ron Howard pays tribute to his The Andy Griffith Show co-star following his death on Sunday. »
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The actor's family told the news source that he passed away after a brief illness.
George "Goober" Lindsey, best known for playing Goober Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show," died Sunday (May 6) in Nashville at the age of 83 after a long hospitalization. The Alabama native was also known for his work on "Gunsmoke," "Herbie the Love Bug" and as a 20-year cast member of the country music sketch comedy show "Hee Haw."
Actor Andy Griffith released a statement following the announcement by Lindsey's family of his passing:
"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. We would talk about our health, how much we missed our friends who passed before us and usually about something funny. I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our eighties, we were not afraid to say, 'I love you.' That was »
Nashville, Tenn. — George Lindsey, who spent nearly 30 years as the grinning Goober on The Andy Griffith Show and Hee Haw, has died. He was 83. A press release from Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville said Lindsay died early Sunday morning after a brief illness. Funeral arrangements were still being made. 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 — a service station attendant — on Hee Haw from 1971 until it went out of
- The Associated Press
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 »
- Travis Loller (AP)
Character actor George Lindsey has died at the age of 83.
The comedian passed away in Nashville, Tennessee early on Sunday after battling a brief illness.
Lindsey shot to fame as the slow-witted Goober Beasley on U.S. TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960s. His character was soon renamed Goober Pyle and he became known for his hilariously bad impression of Cary Grant and his outrageous Goober Dance, keeping up the antics for the comedy's successor Mayberry R.F.D., which ran until 1971.
He went on to portray the same type of character for country music variety show Hee Haw, on which he starred until its cancellation in 1993.
Lindsey also landed roles on other small screen projects, including CHiPs, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, M*A*S*H, Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, while he used his vocal talent on animated Disney films like The Aristocats and Robin Hood.
Paying tribute to his old castmate, Andy Griffith says, "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.'" »
Lindsey died Sunday in Nashville after an extended hospitalization, The Tennessean reports. An Alabama native, Lindsey went to college to become a teacher, but joined the United States Air Force in the '50s. He eventually moved to New York to study acting and...
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- Kate Stanhope
George Lindsey, the Alabama native who played Goober on The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry Rfd and Hee Haw, died early this morning in Nashville after a brief illness. He was 83. Goober was the cousin of the character Gomer Pyle played by Jim Nabors. Griffith issued a statement: “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’.” Best known as Goober, Lindsey had a long TV career that included roles 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. Movie roles included Cannonball Run II, Take This Job and Shove It »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
By Lee Pfeiffer
Actor George Lindsey has been found dead at age 83. Although he had a long and varied career that included stand-up comedy, he is best remembered by generations of fans as Goober Pyle, the lovable but simple-minded garage mechanic from the legendary Andy Griffith Show. The series' long run in the 1960s ensured its status as an evergreen comedy and it maintains an active fan base that gathers for annual conventions. The close-knit cast continued their ties over the decades and, in learning of Lindsey's passing, Andy Griffith said he had only spoken to him a few days ago. Lindsey took on a key role in the series playing the cousin of Gomer Pyle, played by Jim Nabors. When Nabors quit the series in order to star in the equally successful Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Lindsay managed to pick up the slack and become accepted as popular cast member, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The Hollywood veteran died May 6 after being sick for many years. So sad. Hollywood has truly lost another great television actor. George Lindsey, best known for playing Goober on both The Andy Griffith Show and Hee Haw, died May 5. TMZ reports the veteran actor will be buried in his hometown of Jasper, Alabama, though no funeral plans have been arranged yet. Watch George in action as Goober below: [flv width="600" height="350"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BYm9V8DQrU[/flv] [TMZ] More Celeb Tragedies: Levon Helm: Dead At 71 Mike Wallace: Dead At 93 Andy Rooney Dies At 92 — So Sad »
- HL Staff
Actor and comedian George Lindsey -- Goober on TV's "Andy Griffith Show" -- died early Sunday morning after an extended illness, his family announced. He was 83 years old. Lindsey auditioned for the role of Gomer Pyle, but fellow actor and Alabama native Jim Nabors ended up with the part. When Nabors got his own show later, Lindsey was approached about resuming his role of Goober, which he did for the next five years. Also read: Jack Elinson, Veteran TV Comedy Writer, Dies at 89 "George Lindsey was my friend," said Griffith in a »
- Todd Cunningham
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