James Thurston Nabors was an American actor, singer, and comedian, widely known for his signature character Gomer Pyle. Nabors was discovered by Andy Griffith while working at a Santa Monica nightclub, and he later joined The Andy Griffith Show, where he played the good-natured, unsophisticated Gomer Pyle. The character proved so popular that Nabors was given his own successful spin-off show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Nabors also became a popular guest on variety shows that showcased his rich baritone singing voice in the 1960s and 1970s, including frequent appearances on the Carol Burnett Show and two specials of his own in 1969 and 1974. He signed a recording contract with Columbia Records in 1965 and subsequently recorded numerous albums and singles, most of them containing romantic ballads. He recorded for Ranwood Records during the late 1970s.
|Born||James Thurston Nabors, June 12, 1930, Sylacauga, Alabama, U.S.|
|Died||November 30, 2017, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.|
|Resting place||Ashes sprinkled in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of Alabama|
|Known for||Portraying Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C, Singing "Back Home Again in Indiana" at the Indianapolis 500 Race.|
|Website||[ Official site]|
|IMDb||Jim Nabors's IMDb|
American actor best known for his portrayal of Gomer Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show and the show's spin-off series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
His first job was in the television industry as a film cutter for NBC.
From 1972 to 2014, he sang "Back Home Again in Indiana" at the annual Indianapolis 500 race.
His parents are named Mavis and Fred Nabors. He married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, in 2013.
- Male actors from Alabama
- LGBT people from Alabama
- Indianapolis 500
- American baritones
- University of Alabama alumni
Latest information about Jim Nabors updated on June 14 2021.