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George Lindsey

Highest Rated:   83% The Rescuers (1977)
Lowest Rated:   13% Cannonball Run II (1984)
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A high school teacher and athletic coach in his native Alabama, George Lindsey decided in his early 20s that his destiny lay in the theater. Lindsey and his wife packed themselves off to New York, where he studied diligently at the American Theatre Wing. He spent a great deal of time losing his Southern accent, only to be forced to regain it when he found he couldn't get any work as a "Yankee." At first cast in unpleasant or sinister roles, Lindsey was forever pigeonholed as comedian when he played the one-shot role of Goober Beasley on a 1963 episode of The Andy Griffith Show, scoring a bull's-eye of hilarity with his inept celebrity impressions. When next he appeared on Griffith, he was Goober Pyle, cousin to Mayberry's resident village idiot Gomer Pyle. And when Gomer (aka Jim Nabors) was spun off into his own series, Lindsey became a Griffith regular. He stayed with Goober until 1971, by which time The Andy Griffith Show had evolved into the Griffith-less Mayberry RFD. He then joined the Hee Haw troupe, remaining with that popular syndicated TV variety series for two decades. Lindsey extended his oafish TV persona into his big-screen work, appearing in such films as Take This Job and Shove It and Cannonball Run II. Far wittier and more versatile than the hapless Goober, Lindsey has remained a popular attraction on the TV convention/country-western concert/rodeo circuit; he has made several singing appearances on The Grand Ole Opry, and for many years was a judge at the Miss USA pageant. In 1995, George Lindsey (assisted by Jim Beck and Ken Clark) published his autobiography, Goober in a Nutshell.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet When I Find the Ocean
  • Ed Barker
2006
No Score Yet Return to Mayberry
  • Goober Pyle
1986
13% Cannonball Run II
  • Cal
1984
No Score Yet The American Snitch
  • Zeke
1983
No Score Yet Take This Job and Shove It
  • Semitruck Driver
1981
83% The Rescuers
  • Rabbit
1977
No Score Yet Treasure of Matecumbe
  • Coahoma Sheriff
1976
52% Robin Hood
  • Trigger
1973
No Score Yet Charley and the Angel
  • Pete, Handyman
1973
No Score Yet Snowball Express
  • Double L. Dingman
1972
66% The Aristocats
  • Lafayette
1970
No Score Yet Ensign Pulver
  • Lindstrom
1964

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Former Cowboy Star
  • 1983
  • 1982
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Deputy Pierce
  • 1964

Quotes from George Lindsey's Characters