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George Lindsey died at 83-years-old

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 5:02pm

HOLLYWOOD HOOKUP (FOX44) – 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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