The actor we are looking at today is from Jasper, Alabama, born on December 17th, 1935, and is best known for playing a character that was, as my sister would say, quite a goober. This actor is none other than George Lindsey, and that character is Goober Pyle, a comedic character from such shows as Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Andy Griffith Show, and Mayberry RFD. When he wasn’t playing this goofy cousin to Gomer, he had several other acting gigs, some of them with, you guessed it, Disney!
George is first spotted in a Disney work in 1964 during Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. In the show Bristle Face, he played Hermie Chadron.
In 1970, he did his first Disney voice over, providing the voice of Lafayette, the bloodhound sidekick of Napoleon in The AristoCats.
A few years later George was once again voicing an animal, but quite a different kind. In Robin Hood (1973), he was the voice of Trigger, a vulture who worked alongside of the Sheriff of Nottingham.
The last Disney voiceover he did was in 1977 for The Rescuers, the voice of a Rabbit.
After his voiceovers, his only other Disney gig was in 1982, playing a guy named Wally in the Herbie the Love Bug television show, an apparently unsuccessful show that only had 5 episodes. From what I have read, none of these episodes have been released on DVD or anything by Disney.
He may have only been in a few movies, but George Lindsey has a recognizable, comedic tone in his voice that can be heard through his characters, making them easy to pick out. His characters were silly and his voice complimented the characters actions perfectly!