[citation needed], In 1972, Lindsey portrayed Charlie, one of a pair of highwaymen in the Gunsmoke episode "Blind Man's Bluff," and an escaped convict, "The Dove," in an episode of The Rifleman. Among them was Andy Griffith, long-time friend, and colleague, who had spoken to Lindsey just days before his passing. He was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in his hometown of Jasper, Alabama.[5]. George Lindsey quickly became an icon on television in the 1960's playing the part of 'Goober Pyle" on the The Andy Griffith Show (1960). He was 83. He also had a role in a Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode entitled "Submarine Sunk Here". Disney used his talents in a few projects, both as comedy support in features (Snowball Express) and voiceovers for a few of their animated characters. George got a job as a science teacher at Hazel Green High School in Hazel Green, Alabama, while waiting to be accepted by the American Theater Wing in New York City in 1956. On March 24, 1960, he appeared on the To Tell the Truth television quiz show, posing as a Florida spear fisherman and ultimately revealing himself as a "nightclub comic." He was the 1997 recipient of the Minnie Pearl Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2007 recipient of the first ICON Award presented by the Nashville Associations of Talent Directors. George was married to the former JOy Herbert from 1956 to 1991. Poster for the "Andy Griffith Show" | Source: Shutterstock, But Lindsey didn't set out to become a comedian. Lindsey died on May 6, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee following a brief unspecified illness. CBS's variety show "Hee Haw" focused on country music, country living, and was a perfect setting for Lindsey's country bumpkin character Goober Pyle. We would talk about our health, how much we missed our friends who passed before us and usually about something funny.". His character was later renamed "Goober Pyle" to tie him to his cousin Gomer Pyle, slow-witted country boy played by Jim Nabors, also from Alabama. The State of Alabama named the "George Lindsey Highway" in Jasper, Alabama after the actor. George Lindsey was born in Fairfield, Alabama to George Ross Lindsey (a butcher) and wife, Alice Smith. Leonard Nimoy's stunner was that Gene Roddenberry's first choice to play "Spock" was George Lindsey, albeit rather flippantly, intimating that he was not serious about the claim. Both Leonard Nimoy and Ernest Borgnine would reveal that when "Star Trek" was being cast, Gene Roddenberry's first choice for Spock was George Lindsey -- who turned down the iconic role of the pointy-eared Vulcan who never laughed. Three Disney animated features that presented the voice of Lindsey were The Aristocats (1970), Robin Hood (1973) and The Rescuers (1977). Raised in the small town of Jasper, Alabama, he became captivated by movies at an early age and spent a great deal of time at the neighborhood theater. They have a son George Lindsey Jr., a daughter Camden Jo Lindsey Gardner, and two grandsons. [2], Lindsey died on May 6, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee from heart failure. He also was on Hee-Haw. George Lindsey in Texas 87 people named George Lindsey found in Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, Dallas-Fort Worth and 16 other cities. According to former TAGS co-star Jim Nabors, Lindsey was first considered for the role of Gomer Pyle on. His film appearances include Ensign Pulver, Take This Job and Shove It, Cannonball Run II (with fellow TAGS co-stars Don Knotts and Jim Nabors) and the Disney films The Aristocats, Snowball Express, Charley and the Angel, Robin Hood, Treasure of Matacumbe and The Rescuers. He attended Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri, and Florence State Teacher's College (Florence, Alabama) (now the University of North Alabama), where he majored in physical education and biology. Margaret was born in 1746, in Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States. After graduating from college, Lindsey had no job or money and decided to join the Air Force for four years. After graduating from the American Theater Wing and performing in two Broadway plays, "Wonderful Town" and "All American", he moved to Los Angeles in 1962. He established and perpetuated the George Lindsey Academic Scholarships at University of North Alabama. They have a son George Lindsey Jr., a daughter Camden Jo Lindsey Gardner, and two grandsons. He appeared in the TV reunion specials Andy Griffith Show Reunion and E! Lindsey portrayed "Goober" for the third and last time on the syndicated country music variety show Hee Haw, playing a more rustic version of the character. [2] In 1992, the university gave him an honorary doctorate. and his subsequent tenure on Hee-Haw. Lindsey quipped: "And then even my mother started calling me [Goober], and I know she knew my name...", Leonard Nimoy as Spock in "Star Trek: The Original Series" | Source: Wikimedia. Because of the flippant way Nimoy makes the comment it has been suggested that he was joking. Lindsey married Joyanne Herbert, with whom he shared son George Lindsey, Jr., daughter Camden Jo in 1955. ", The cast of "The Andy Griffith Show" in 1963 | Source: Getty Images, In 1962 Lindsey moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career, and landed guest spots on several TV hit westerns: "Gunsmoke", "The Rifleman", and "Daniel Boone;" followed by a foray into the fantastic with "The Twilight Zone," "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Lindsey was to play Goober on "Hee Haw" from 1972, to 1992 and is forever identified with the role. They had 7 children: George Lindsey , Sarah Bailey (born Lindsey) and 5 other children . George married Margaret Peggy Lindsey (born Bennett) in 1764, at age 24 at marriage place, North Carolina. Actor. He appeared on that show from 1972 to 1992. He was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in his hometown of Jasper, Alabama.[1]. George Lindsey, who has trained to become a biology teacher at the  Florence State Teacher's College, but he fell in love with acting, and became one of the most beloved characters in the popular "The Andy Griffith Show.". ", #OnThisDay October 3, 1960, the first episode of The Andy Griffith Show aired on CBS. After graduating from college he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Ramey AFB in Puerto Rico. George Lindsey, an Alabama native who entertained generations of TV viewers as the simple-minded but good-hearted Mayberry mechanic Goober Pyle, has died following a brief illness. George Lindsey in 1982 in "Hee Haw" | Source: Wikimedia. https://t.co/xVwVWgoVZ6 pic.twitter.com/S90rQCKfLz. George Lindsey in the 1973 television special "The Orange Blossom Special" | Source: Wikimedia. We and other data collection technologies to provide the best experience for our customers. In an interview with Oprah, Lindsey revealed that even his daughter had started calling him "Goober Daddy." George Smith Lindsey Wiki: Salary, Married, Wedding, Spouse, Family George Smith Lindsey (December 17, 1928 – May 6, 2012) was an American character actor, best known for his role as Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D. Death [edit | edit source] Lindsey died on May 6, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee following a brief unspecified illness. Goober Pyle was to define Lindsey as an actor and he would reprise the role in CBS’s "Hee Haw. Fairfield, Jefferson County, Alabama, U.S. (1968 to 1971). To the very last, Griffin revealed, Lindsey kept his sense of humor and his irrepressible joy in life, and his love of comedy. After his discharge, he taught for a year at Hazel Green High School in Hazel Green, Alabama, while waiting to be accepted by the American Theater Wing in New York City in 1956. He was raised by his grandparents in the small town of Jasper, where he graduated from Walker County High School in 1946.