Jim Nabors is Back Home Again, Passes Away at 87

Jim Nabors is Back Home Again, Passes Away at 87

Jim Nabors, who soared to fame in the 1960's portraying lovable bumpkin Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show" and a spinoff series, "Gomer Pyle, USMC", died Thursday in his Hawaii home at age 87, according to Variety.

The following year, he starred in his own sitcom, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C". Through it all, he remained pure of heart, sunny of disposition and simple of mind.

Nabors also was an accomplished singer, who recorded 28 albums and scored five U.S. gold records and one platinum record.

Nabors had to use notes to remember the lyrics during that first performance, but he pulled it off and became a fixture in the Memorial Day weekend event for the next four decades.

Jim Nabors made Gomer Pyle a household name.

By night, he sang and acted in cabaret theater, where his act included a countrified character similar to Gomer Pyle.

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Jim Nabors, best known for his TV role as Gomer Pyle, has died.

The big-hearted Nabors never ventured far into movies, though he did perform opposite his pal Burt Reynolds in such fare as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), Stroker Ace (1983) and as "Pvt".

Nabors was born June 12, 1930, and grew up in Sylacauga, Alabama, where his father was a police officer.

He married Cadwallader in January 2013. From there, he went to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and worked as a film editor for a television station. He lived in Hawaii for more than 30 years and had homes in Honolulu and Maui, where he had a macadamia nut farm.

"I'll be honest with you, I didn't want to stay too long at the fair", he said.