George Lindsey, best remembered for his role of Goober Pyle – cousin of Gomer
Pyle – on CBS's rural sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, died Sunday
morning in Nashville, where he lived, after a lengthy hospitalization, reports
The Tennessean. He
Andy Griffith, 85, said in a statement that accompanied the
Lindsay family's announcement of the death, "George Lindsey was my friend. I had
great respect for his talent and his human spirit."
Griffith also said
the two often spoke by phone. "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 80s, 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.' "
Alabama native who was raised by his grandparents, Lindsey got the acting bug at
14 when he saw a performance of the musical Oklahoma!. He was a school
athlete who also displayed a sharp sense of humor, and he went to college to
become a teacher, according to the Tennessean.
While in the Air
Force stationed in Orlando, Fla., he met and, in 1955, married Joyanne Herbert,
and they had two children. The marriage lasted until 1991.
long TV career, which also included another comic stint on CBS's Hee
Haw, Lindsey studied acting in New York and played in stage productions
His survivors, the newspaper reports, include son George Lindsey,
Jr., daughter Camden Jo Lindsey Gardner, two grandsons and his companion of many
years, Anne Wilson.