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  • Played football in college, as quarterback.
  • Joined the Air Force after college, and served three years, spending time at Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico.
  • Taught history at a high school for a year.
  • Studied under Helen Hayes at the American Theater Wing in New York.
  • Made his Broadway debut in the musical All American in 1962.
  • Played his most famous role, Goober Pyle, in three different shows – The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry RFD and Hee Haw.
  • Sponsored the George Lindsey Celebrity Weekend and Golf Tournament to raise money for the Alabama Special Olympics.
  • Published his autobiography, Goober in a Nutshell, in 1995.
  • Founded the George Lindsey/University of North Alabama Television and Film Festival in 1998.


  • George Ross Lindsey — Father
  • Camden Jo Lindsey Gardner — Daughter
  • Joyanne Herbert — Ex-wife
  • Alice Smith — Mother
  • George Smith Lindsey Jr. — Son
  • Anne Wilson — Significant Other


  • Attended Kemper Military School, Boonville, MO; attended University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL; Florence State Teachers College, Florence, AL (BS in Biological Science and Physical Education, 1952)

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  • Birth Name: George Smith Lindsey
  • Birth Place: Fairfield, AL
  • Died: May 6, 2012
  • Profession: Actor

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