Actor George Lindsay

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 8, 2001

George Lindsay played Goober on The Andy Griffith Show and on Hee Haw. What is he up to now?
—Jennifer G., Pennsylvania

George Lindsay, who lives in Nashville, Tenn., makes about 30 appearances a year as his alter ego, Goober, including at The Andy Griffith Show reunions. But he spends a large part of his time working on the George Lindsay Film Festival at the University of North Alabama (UNA). Lindsay attended the school on a football scholarship, so the festival allows him to combine his two loves—UNA and films. "What we are trying to do is build the biggest archival script library in the country," he says. In addition to Lindsay's scripts, actor Ernest Borgnine donated more than 200 of his. As for his Goober legacy, Lindsay isn't surprised that his character is in demand. "When I was on the show, it was the No. 1 show on television, so we thought we were doing something right, so its popularity isn't surprising."