Actor and comedian George Lindsey -- Goober on TV's "Andy Griffith Show" -- died early Sunday morning after an extended illness, according to Nashville, Tenn. TV station WSFA.
He was 76 years old.
Lindsey auditioned for the role of Gomer Pyle, but fellow actor and Alabama native Jim Nabors ended up with the part. When Nabors got his own show later, Lindsey was approached about resuming his role of Goober, which he did for the next five years.
When "The Andy Griffith Show" was canceled, several actors including Lindsay reprised their roles in the spinoff "Mayberry R.F.D."
Lindsey also appeared in the TV programs such as "Hee-Haw," "The Rifleman," "Twilight Zone" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour." and was in several Disney movies.
Lindsey worked as a fund-raiser for the Special Olympics, and held a celebrity golf tournament for more than a decade which raised money for mentally disabled children.
Born in 1935 in Fairfield, Alabama, Lindsay grew up in the small town of Jasper. He'll be buried there, the station said, but funeral arrangements are still incomplete.