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George Lindsey

Actor. Fondly remembered for playing Goober Pyle in the TV series "The Andy Griffith Show" (1964 to 1968) and "Mayberry R.F.D." (1968 to 1971). 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. He had a particular fondness for William "Hopalong Cassidy" Boyd. He caught the acting bug during his teens, after watching a production of "Oklahoma!", but it would be athletics which first preoccupied him. He earned a football scholarship to Florence State Teachers College (now the University of North Alabama) and excelled playing at the quarterback position. It was during this period, when he began to fulfill his dream of acting and among one of the earliest stage productions he performed in would ironically be "Oklahoma!". He graduated with degrees in Biological Science and Physical Education and went onto serve a stint with the US Air Force in Florida. While there he acted and performed comedy routines. He returned to Alabama, where he taught high school history, however it would not be long before he once again answered the calling to perform. He relocated to New York to acquire stronger skills and studied at the American Theater Wing. His break came when he landed a part in the Broadway play "All American" (1962) and this would lead to his television introduction in the series "The Rifleman", which was followed by his role in an episode of "The Twilight Zone" titled "I am the Night- Color Me Black" (1964). He marked his film debut in "Ensign Pulver" (1964) and that same year launched his career-change role of Goober Pyle in "The Andy Griffith Show". After "Mayberry R.F.D." ended its run in 1971, he moved onto appearance in the series "Love, American Style" and "M*A*S*H*", among others. When not performing, Lindsey donated time and money to such causes as the Special Olympics and programs to benefit children with mental disabilities.

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  • Added: 6 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 89647264
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Lindsey (17 Dec 1928–6 May 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89647264, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Jasper, Walker County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .