‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Star George Lindsey Once Honored Late Co-Star Howard McNear

by Joe Rutland

George Lindsey played a memorable role on “The Andy Griffith Show,” but one time he paid homage to late co-star Howard McNear.

Lindsey, who played Goober Pyle on the famed CBS sitcom, talked about it years later.

He appeared as Goober on a “Nashville Now” show that looked back upon different characters from “The Andy Griffith Show.”

“This suit, as pretty as it is, is a bit of a high water suit,” Lindsey said. He’d just gotten up and walked around like a runway model showing off this brown suit.

‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Star Wore Suit Given To Him By Way Of McNear

“It belonged to Howard McNear, who played Floyd the barber,” he said. “And a friend of his died in San Francisco and he didn’t have a suit. So they sent this suit up there for him to be buried in and it didn’t fit him. Not that it matters, and so they sent it back and gave it to Jim Nabors (who played Gomer Pyle).

“We didn’t have a big wardrobe budget,” Lindsey said. “And Jim wore it for the year and a half he was on the show and then I got it. And I’ve been lucky enough to keep it.”

McNear suffered a stroke while on “The Andy Griffith Show” and it nearly paralyzed his entire left side.

But he took time away from the show to recover, and Andy Griffith asked him to come back. McNear did yet his scenes were shot a little differently to cover for his weakened side.

He did leave the series in 1967 and McNear died on Jan. 3, 1969, at 63 years old.

Actor Spoke Of His Time On TV Sitcom Working Alongside Its Main Star

Years after his time on “The Andy Griffith Show,” Lindsey discussed working alongside Griffith as part of a 2010 interview.

Lindsey was asked about his chemistry with Griffith and he said that it was instant. He added that Andy was easy to work with and just know your lines.

Now Lindsey also commented that Griffith and another co-star, Don Knotts, were terrific actors.

But Lindsey could see that Griffith acted like a leader on the show. Another thing that impressed him about Griffith was the way that he could work on a script.

Lindsey was asked if Griffith made suggestions.

He laughed and said, “No, he would fix it. He didn’t make recommendations. If you’re Andy Griffith and it’s ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ you don’t make recommendations.”

“The Andy Griffith Show” is still available on TV thanks to the wonderful world of syndication. So longtime fans can watch Andy, Barney, Opie, Aunt Bee, Gomer and, yes, Goober.