George Lindsey dies at 83

Washington, May 7: George Lindsey, who was known for his act as Goober Pyle in the TV series “The Andy Griffith Show, died at the age of 83 on Sunday.

According to a statement from the Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home, the actor died in Nashville after suffering from a brief illness.

The actor who was born in Fairfield, Alabama, in 1928 was active in theater in high school and college.

Having failed the auditions in 1962 for a role in “The Andy Griffith Show”, Lindsey grabbed the role of Goober Pyle for the same TV series two years later.

Many years afterward, he repeated the Goober Pyle role on the program “Hee Haw” and the comedy circuit.

In a statement released by the funeral home, actor Andy Griffith said that he considered Lindsey as a friend as well as a former colleague.

He praised Lindsey’s spirit and talent and revealed that they often talked by phone in recent years.

“I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our eighties, we were not afraid to say, ‘I love you,’” the 85-year-old actor added. (ANI)