George Lindsey

George Lindsey ( born December 17, 1928 in Fairfield, Alabama; † 6, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee ) was an American actor and screenwriter.

Life and career

Born in the small town of Jasper in the U.S. state of Alabama on December 17, 1928 Lindsey was the son of a butcher. In 1952 he made ​​at Florence State Teachers College (now " University of North " ) his Bachelor of Science majors in physical education and biology. The football team of his school, he supported as a quarterback. After spending three years in the Air Force, he worked for a year at a high school as a baseball and basketball coach and history teacher near Huntsville, Alabama. In 1956 he moved to New York, studied acting at the American Theatre Wing and launched in the following years, his career on Broadway in the musical All American on a book by Mel Brooks and Wonderfull Town, to the Leonard Bernstein composed the music. With his roles on Broadway, he could draw the attention of some producers in Los Angeles on itself. When he for the role of Gomer Pyle in the U.S. television series The Andy Griffith Show in 1960 auditioned for the role of Gomer Pyle, Jim Nabors was preferred to him. It was not until 1964, when Nabors was eliminated from the series, Lindsey got his chance by Gomer Pyle's cousin Goober should, the man with the hat play. This role made ​​him well known, he played Goober Pyle until the end of the series, which was discontinued in 1968, as the lead actor Andy Griffith left the show. Since some characters in the spin-off Mayberry RFD were taken, as well as that of Goober Pyle, Lindsey played this character in other three seasons until the series ended in 1971. In the Country broadcast Hee Haw, just like The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD ran on CBS, Lindsey took over the role of the popular character Goober Pyle again. Hee Haw was the longest running country music variety show in the USA. Was created Hee Haw, which reached cult status in the United States, by Frank Peppiatt with John Aylesworth. In view of its role in the Hee Haw cast of acquaintances was also called "Doctor Goober ".

Although the " Goober Pyle " was his most famous role, Lindsey played in his long television career also in other series with, such as in Gunsmoke, M * A * S * H, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone. Even in films such as On the highway is back raising hell or as a speaker of some Disney movies, including The Aristocats, Robin Hood and The Rescuers - The Rescuers, he was heard in the original version.

Even as a singer himself produced the actor by publishing albums with country music. When asked about his career, Lindsey commented in a 1985 interview, " that he had brought America to laugh, although he was not the only one, but it had helped that people could laugh. " In his spare time, the actor sponsored over many years, a golf tournament in Montgomery, Alabama, collected the money for the mentally handicapped.

6 May 2012 Google George Lindsey died at the age of 83 after a long illness in Nashville, where he had moved in early 1990.


The University of North Alabama gave Lindsey in 1992 an honorary doctorate.