‘The Andy Griffith Show’: One Star Played a Murdering Convict on ‘The Rifleman’

by Joe Rutland
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Do you ever watch classic TV shows and have a “Is that who I think it is” moment? One star from “The Andy Griffith Show” will give it to you.

George Lindsey, better known as “Goober” Pyle from the Griffith show, actually got his acting chops on a lot of TV shows before working at Mayberry’s gas station. In fact, he played a murdering convict on an episode of “The Rifleman” starring Chuck Connors.

When asked in a 2010 piece for Smashing Interviews Magazine about playing a maniacal killer, Lindsey said he did.

‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Actor Had Fun Playing Wild Role

“Yes, that was fun,” he said. “I also did ‘The Twilight Zone,’ ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea’ … I did a lot of television in television’s heyday. It was enjoyable … you got treated really great.”

Lindsey appears in “Requiem at Mission Springs,” an episode from the fifth season of “The Rifleman.” Mark, played by Johnny Crawford, is injured and finds his legs are paralyzed. Lucas McCain, played by Connors, takes his son to Mission Springs to be checked out. Lindsey is part of a prison gang that’s escaped and waiting to attack anyone who crossed their path.

So, Lindsey plays Dove, who kept saying he was going to get him a Mexican girl even it meant he had to fight.

“Requiem at Mission Springs” finds Mark regaining his ability to walk in the end. His father Lucas thanks the man upstairs for the help.

Now his career after “The Andy Griffith Show” didn’t end for Lindsey. He appeared as “Goober” in the Griffith show spinoff “Mayberry, R.F.D.” Then, he was able to take his “Goober” character and have a 20-year run on the syndicated country music-comedy show “Hee Haw.”

George Lindsey Used His Success For Philanthropic Work

Lindsey also was quite philanthropic throughout his life. He was heavily involved in the Alabama Special Olympics, raising funds through his George Lindsey Celebrity Weekend and Golf Tournament in Montgomery, Ala. The event ran for 17 years. Lindsey also gave money to the University of North Alabama that helped set up scholarships.

A native of Fairfield, Ala., Lindsey provided hours of humor and fun to fans of “The Andy Griffith Show.” His career spanned more than three decades, from guest-starring roles to cast-member spots.

Lindsey died on May 6, 2012, at 83 years old. Still, people will remember him as “Goober” for generations to come.

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