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On this Day in Movie History, May 7, 2012: George Lindsey, Goober Pyle Dies

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George Lindsey, who spent nearly 30 years as the grinning Goober on “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Hee Haw,” has died. Various sources reported his age at 83; his profile lists the actor at age 76.

A news release from Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville said Lindsay died early Sunday morning after a brief illness. Funeral arrangements were still being made.

1885 - Gabby (George Francis) Hayes (actor: sidekick of both Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers, appeared in over 100 films; vaudevillian, silent movie villain; died Feb 9, 1969)

1901 - Gary (Frank James) Cooper (Academy Award-winning actor: Sergeant York [1941], High Noon [1952]; Beau Geste, The Virginian, The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell, The Wreck of the Mary Deare; died May 13, 1961)

1921 - Gale Robbins (actress, singer: The Barkley’s of Broadway, The Fuller Brush Girl, Three Little Words, The Belle of New York; died Feb 12, 1980)

1922 - Darren McGavin (actor: The Night Stalker, Airport ’77, A Christmas Story, Billy Madison, Child in the Night, The Man with the Golden Arm, The Martian Chronicles, The Natural, Perfect Harmony, Dead Heat; died Feb 25, 2006)

1923 - Anne Baxter (actress: The Ten Commandments, Walk on the Wild Side, All About Eve, Cimarron, East of Eden, Homecoming; died Dec 12, 1985)

1954 - Amy Heckerling (director: Clueless, Look Who’s Talking series, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, Johnny Dangerously, Fast Times at Ridgemont High)

1959 - Michael E. Knight (actor: All My Children, Hexed, Date with an Angel)


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