George Lindsey, known as Goober Pyle, dies

George Lindsey, known as Goober Pyle, dies

Credit: AP Photo/JLR, file

FILE - This June 30, 1977 photo shows television actor George Lindsey posing for a picture. Lindsey, who portrayed Goober in the television series "The Andy Griffith Show", has died, Sunday, May 6, 2012. He was 83. (AP Photo/JLR, file)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Updated Sunday, May 6 at 6:03 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Lindsey, who spent nearly 30 years as the grinning Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Hee Haw," has died. He was 83.

A press release from Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville said Lindsay died early Sunday morning after a brief illness. Funeral arrangements were still being made.

Lindsey was the beanie-wearing Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" from 1964 to 1968 and its successor, "Mayberry RFD," from 1968 to 1971. He played the same jovial character — a service station attendant — on "Hee Haw" from 1971 until it went out of production in 1993.

Lindsey told The Associated Press in 1985 that "America has grown up with me. Goober is every man; everyone finds something to like about ol' Goober."

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