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George Lindsey, A.K.A. Goober Pyle, From 'The Andy Griffith Show' Dies At 83

Actor George Lindsey, who is best known for his comedic character named Goober on the The Andy Griffith Show, has died at the age of 83.

Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Tennessee stated that a brief illness was the cause of death, according to The Huffington Post.

Lindsey played the same jovial service station attendant, Boober, on The Andy Griffith Show (1964 – 1968), its spinoff Mayberry RFD (1968 -1971), and on Hee Haw (1971 -1993).

Co-star Andy Griffith released a statement through the funeral home saying:

“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.'”

Aside from playing Goober, Lindsey had other roles during his extensive TV career. The star’s long list of TV credits include shows such as MASH, CHIPs, The Wonderful World of Disney, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, Love American Style, The Real McCoys, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Twilight Zone and Rifleman.

Lindsey also held roles in movies, including Cannonball Run II and Take This Job and Shove It. He also had voice overs under his belt in animated Walt Disney features such as The Aristocats, The Rescuers and Robin Hood.

Funeral arrangements for George Lindsey are still being made.

 

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