June 12, 1930 - NOVEMBER 30, 2017
In Loving Memory of Jim NABORS
Jim Nabors, whose name is synonymous with the genial bumpkin Gomer Pyle, whom he played on TV, has died. He was 87.His husband, Stan Cadwallader, told the Associated Press that Nabors died on Thursday at their home in Hawaii.He brought the words “golly” and “shazam” into the vernacular as the naive, well-intentioned Pyle, a regular character on “The Andy Griffith Show” that was later the focus of spinoff “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” Pyle was a loving caricature of a Southern rube, completely out of step with the ’60s and all the more lovable for it. The series ran for four seasons, and Nabors’ 20% cut of the syndication revenue for the popular series made him financially secure thereafter and able to pursue broader interests as a singer and comic raconteur.Later attempts at a variety show did not last long, however, either on network TV or in first-run syndication, though Nabors was a popular headliner on the Vegas-Reno nightclub circuit.