‘The Andy Griffith Show’: Goober Actor George Lindsey Revealed His Key to Acting Success

by Quentin Blount

One star actor from The Andy Griffith Show once gave advice to all the young actors out there who are just starting out in the entertainment field.

We all know and love George Lindsey for his role as the happy-go-lucky Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and its sequel series Mayberry R.F.D. And in addition to his success there, he also wound up with appearances on other hit television series. But more on that later.

Linsdey didn’t just wake up one day and become a star actor. In fact, the Alabama native managed to climb his way up the ranks thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication to his craft. Before he became known for his exaggerated “Goober dance,” Lindsey grew up poor with his grandparents in the small town of Jasper, Alabama.

He sat down with Melissa Parker from Smashing Interviews Magazine back in 2010 to talk about how he made it in the industry. He also gave some advice to any youngster that wants to make it as an actor.

What advice would you give to young actors just starting out in the entertainment field?” Parker asked Linsdey. He was 81-years-old at the time of the interview.

The main piece of advice from The Andy Griffith Show star? Perseverance.

“Just don’t give up,” Lindsey replied. “There’s the stage, film, and television. You’re not going to go to any of those and find one wanting. There is always going to be a need in those areas. New York is tough, but there is only one Broadway. Actors get old and retire, but there is always going to be entertainment. If you persevere, you can make a place for yourself.”

Life Was Not Always Easy for ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Star

If anybody can talk about persevering to become an actor, that person is most definitely George Lindsey. In fact, the star that played Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show grew up without the support of his parents.

“My mother and daddy divorced a long time ago and were poor, so there wasn’t any support to it,” Lindsey explained. “But, I was going to do it regardless.”

Without a lot of money or family support, Lindsey had to get creative with how he was going to make it on television. He said that he went into the military to see if that would help his chances.

“I joined the Air Force – figured if I went into the service I could get the G.I. bill,” The Andy Griffith Show star said. “The American Theatre accepted people who were on the G.I. bill. So, that’s how I got into acting school. It was a plan.”

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