Skip to comments.George Lindsey, known as Goober Pyle, dies
Posted on 05/06/2012 10:05:14 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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.
There is an episode of “Leave It To Beaver” in which Beaver gets a haircut. The barber is Floyd, the same character he played on the Griffith show.
” The Andy Griffith Show is that the values were true conservative values that made America great. “
And the reruns have never been off the air.
Well, remember that Griffith’s initial fame was as a nightclub performer who’d put on his “ignorant southern rural yokel” schtick for ritzy NYC supper-club audiences. Always seemed to be a tinge of contempt towards small-town/Southern culture and values in his early humor, unlike a lot of previous rural-style comedians like Judy Canova and Bob Burns and such.
Thus, the irony that Griffith wound up headlining a show (and a brilliant classic it is) that became such an iconic fixture for solid, mid-american conservative values. A pretty miserable cuss in real-life as well. Of the two or three dozen folks I’ve talked to who have worked with Griffith or met him, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a nice word uttered about him!
I thought Jim Nabors was Gomer ... is Jim George? Guess I should RTFA, eh?
oh, Goober ... never mind.
They appeared together, in one episode, in the Gomer Pyle, USMC TV show.
Maybe 10 years ago, I bought Andy Griffith’s personal binoculars off ebay. They came with a certificate of authenticity and I noticed a very old sticker giving his and his wife’s name and address in Beverly Hills or Hollywood. I got it on ebay from a pawn shop in Las Vegas.
I think this actually came from the time he was moving to North Carolina from California. There was a note that they came from a roll top desk.
I was thinking they might become more valuable after he died but the old rascal just keeps on living.
” A pretty miserable cuss in real-life as well. “
I never met him, but I worked in the studios years ago, and was told he was an SOB.
Funny how we would remember that. :-)
So long, Goob. You and the Mayberry gang were a big part of my childhood.
I just watched that episode of Leave it to Beaver last weekend. I made my older 30+ kids watch it because I thought it was the funniest episode ever. But the barber was not the one who played Floyd the barber on Andy Griffith unless they changed barbers somewhere along the way.
The character of Goober preceded Gomer’s departure for the army.
Used to be a regular at the Belle Meade barber on West End
Now a Publix anchored shopping center in the Hill family empire
Now that you mention it, I think it may have been the episode where Wally gets a shave from the barber. I am certain the guy who played Floyd also played a barber in “Leave it to Beaver”.
I first heard of him in the movie “No Time for Sergeants” which was hysterical. Don Knotts is in it as well, playing a psychologist who is assigned to evaluate the Griffith charachter, and Knotts ends up thinking he’s crazy. I think that’s why the Andy Griffith show was started to capitalize on the popularity of the movie, but as time went on, Andy became the less funny one, and Barney took over. I also think that Gomer went into the Marines to emulate Griffith’s “No Time for Sergeants” character.
I’ll see if I can find out on IMDB.
I always knew him as “Goober”. I remember being surprised when we cycled through the reruns again and found out that he was Gomer’s brother. (I was still only in high school or so, but I’d been walking Andy Griffith reruns for years by that point.)
Gomer went into the Marines.
cousin, not brother. my oops.
Time for more coffee!
No Time for Sergeants was one of the funniest movies I ever saw. I can remember my Daughter laughing so hard she said her side hurt while watching it.
OK, I found it. You are right. Howard McNear, who played Floyd the Barber, was on an episode of Leave it to Beaver, Season 2, where Wally wants to get a shave. He played
Andy the Barber on that episode.
Otis the drunk was in No Time for Sergeants also. He was the airborne soldier that staggers by in the nightclub and Andy shouts out “hey infantry”.
I was born and raised in a rural area in the Florida Panhandle. In 1951 we moved to Panama City because Daddy was working at Tyndall AFB.
When I first saw the Dixie Sherman Hotel, my older Brother who was 7 told me it was a skyscraper. If I recall, it had 8 stories which was the tallest building anywhere around.
Howard McNear also played as Doc Adams on the radio Gunsmoke program.
I believe you are correct. (but your memory could still be fading)...how about this... I’m fairly sure it was Larry Hovis’ car that Goober was trying to fix. (Carter from ‘Hogan’s Heroes’)
...way too much time on my hands.
The genius of that show was that Andy was truly the only adult in town. And he never made a mistake, never did one wrong thing. He was strong, wise and kind.
There was a time when virtue was recognized as good and not despised and ridiculed.
btw, my favorite Goober episode was when he grew a beard and Floyd made him into a great thinker. Drove everyone in town crazy with spouting psuedo-intellectual blather, until Andy got him back down to earth.
departure for the WHAT????
BTW, I had no idea that Andy and Barney were cousins.
Andy Griffith - “What is was, was Football” Story from 1953
Agreed. That why I bought the 5 seasons of DVDs of Gomer Pyle from Amazon. My young kids LOVE that show. They love it when Carter screams at Pyle (- maybe reminds them of their old man?) Too bad there is nothing like it on TV nowadays.
Best episode of Gomer Pyle: When Sgt. Hacker bets Carter that he can’t go 24 hours without yelling at Pyle. Carter finally drives way off into the desert and screams his head off. I nearly pee myself every time I see it.
Frank Sutton= genius.
They have quite a few self-promoting commercials using the same “cut and paste” from many other shows too. Good stuff ...
I watched maybe a quarter of the pilot of the reworked one and didn’t care for it.
Until Me-TV came around and me home on some weekdays to my rotating job schedule every few weeks, I started watching McGarrett & co. I finally appreciate it, esp. the writing.
Somewhere around here I have the old soundtrack I pulled off of a usergroup many years ago.
If I am home on a weekday, 10-12 is booked for Perry Mason, Cannon, and 5-0.
Me-TV has gotten me to appreciate the Big Valley and gotten me requainted with Kojak.
Thanks. I have a dial-up connection and it took me nearly half an hour to download only a small portion of it but that is definitely the same thing I heard on the radio nearly 60 years ago.
Interesting! I just watched that episode today with my kids! Looked like Carter was gonna rupture an aneurysm trying to keep it all in. My kids love how Gomer is so transparent and without guile. Truly a fantastic show! I think my favorite show about Pyle is actually the Mayberry lead-in to that show (the show is not yet Gomer Pyle USMC), a black and white production, where Andy drops off Gomer at boot camp - where Gomer meets Carter for the first time - its an absolute (and literal) scream!
” He was an actor in an era network TV was fit for family viewing. “
I was there..
” btw, my favorite Goober episode was when he grew a beard and Floyd made him into a great thinker. Drove everyone in town crazy with spouting psuedo-intellectual blather, until Andy got him back down to earth.”
My fave was Barney & the HOT mike : )
Andy: “whisper, Barn.....the microphone will do the rest.”
My favorite ones were the few which had Earnest T. Bass in them.
I knew him...he was a neighbor in Marina Del Rey, CA 26 years ago
Nice guy....very. He gained fame as a regualar on “Your Show of Shows” in the late 50’s. Howard Morris.
I remember him (Morris) on an episode of “The Dick Van Dyke Show”.
I think he played an artist, but still a weird character.
He played an art appraiser.....uh heh...uhheh....hhehehehehe
Funny as hell.
Howard Morris: “ This is a GOOD painting.....I mean, the artist’s name was Good.....Grant Good....but his paintings were..............no good”