George Lindsey, most widely known for playing Goober Pyle on the iconic CBS series "TheShow", died on Sunday morning in Nashville after being hospitalized for some time. He was 83.
According to a report on people.com, Actor Andy Griffith, 85, reacted to Lindsey's death, saying, "George Lindsey was my friend. I had great respect for his talent and his human spirit.”
Andy Griffith shared details of his friendship with Lindsey and that he talked to him few days back. He said, “In recent years, we spoke often by telephone. Our last conversation was a few days ago. We would talk about our health, how much we missed our friends who passed before us and usually about something funny. 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.' "
Lindsey played Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" from 1964 to 1968 and its successor, "Mayberry RFD", for the next three years. He was the same jolly character on "Hee Haw" from 1971 to 1993.
He had an extensive career on TV. Some of his roles were in "M*A*S*H", "The Wonderful World of Disney", "CHIPs", "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour", "The Real McCoys", "Rifleman", "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour", "Twilight Zone" and "Love American Style".
Lindsey acted in some movies too. His movies include "Cannonball Run II" and "Take This Job and Shove It".used his voice in movies like "The Aristocrats", "The Rescuers" and "Robin Hood".
Lindsey was also actively involved in charity works. He spared part of his time for raising money for the Alabama Special Olympics and got more than $1.7 million. He sponsored a celebrity golf tournament in Montgomery, Ala, for over 17 years and it helped collect funds for the mentally handicapped people. He received the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award for his remarkable efforts.
He was given an honorary doctorate in 1992 by University of North Alabama, and was usually called "Doctor Goober" by friends after that.
He is survived by his son, George Lindsey, Jr., daughter Camden Jo Lindsey Gardner, two grandsons and his old friend, Anne Wilson.