Comedian George Lindsey passes away at age 83

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 2:02am

George Lindsey was best known for playing the country-bumpkin mechanic Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show, from 1964 to 1968. He carried his character over to a spinoff series, Mayberry R.F.D.  He also spent 20 years as a regular on Hee Haw.  In a statement, Andy Griffith said he had great respect for Lindsey’s talent and spirit.  Lindsey passed away after a brief illness.  He was 83 years old.

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