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George Lindsey

Born: 1928 AD
Died: 2012 AD

American character actor on The Andy Griffith Show


Born-1928- in Fairfield, Alabama, Best known to audiences for his portrayal of Goober on the classic television series The Andy Griffith Show, George Lindsey was one of country comedy’s most popular ambassadors for well over four decades. A native of Jasper, AL, he graduated from New York’s prestigious American Theatre Wing, later appearing on Broadway in productions of All American and Wonderful Town. He was in many TV shows, from 1963 to the 2000’s, on TV westerns, dramas, sitcoms and some movies


1952 – Bachelors Degree in Bioscience, University of North Alabama



1950’s – In the U.S. Air force



1955 – Married Joyanne Herbert, together for 37 years. They had 2 children



1955-1964 – Lindsey and his wife packed themselves off to New York, where he studied diligently at the American Theatre Wing. He spent a great deal of time losing his Southern accent, only to be forced to regain it when he found he couldn’t get any work without his accent. In 1962, Lindsey and his family relocated to Hollywood. He was first cast in unpleasant or sinister roles, Lindsey was forever pigeonholed as a comedian when he played the one-shot role of Goober Beasley on a 1963 episode of The Andy Griffith Show, scoring a bull’s-eye of hilarity with his inept celebrity impressions on the TV show. When next he appeared on Griffith, he was Goober Pyle, cousin to Mayberry’s Gomer Pyle. And when Gomer (aka Jim Nabors) was spun off into his own TV series, Lindsey became a Griffith regular.



1964-1968- he first played the role of simple-minded gas station attendant Goober on The Andy Griffith Show.


1968-1971- Mayberry R.F.D



1972- Lindsey began a 20-year stint as a member of the cast of Hee Haw


Some of George’s movies


Ensign Pulver (1964

The Aristocats (1970)- VOICE

Snowball Express (1972

Robin Hood (1973)- VOICE

The Rescuers (1977)- VOICE


1995 – he published his autobiography, Goober in a Nutshell.