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Also Known As: James Thurston Nabors Died:
Born: June 12, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sylacauga, Alabama, USA Profession:

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Few actors epitomized the aw-shucks country boy persona better than Emmy-nominated actor and singer Jim Nabors. He won over television audiences in the early 1960s with a unique dual talent - wide-eyed, rural-based comedy that occasionally gave way to a rich, florid baritone singing voice. Nabors parlayed his skills on countless variety programs before Andy Griffith tapped him to play naïve gas pump jockey Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68). The character proved so popular with viewers that Nabors was granted his own sitcom, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (CBS, 1964-69), which pitted the Mayberry favorite against a hard-nosed drill instructor (Frank Sutton). After "Pyle" was discharged from the airwaves, he remained a popular guest star on variety programs, most notably "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS, 1967-1978) and occasional features starring his good friend Burt Reynolds. Although Nabors maintained a lucrative career as a nightclub singer and dinner theater performer in his later years, for a generation of television fans he would forever remain that hilariously gullible, well-intentioned yokel with the golden voice.

Few actors epitomized the aw-shucks country boy persona better than Emmy-nominated actor and singer Jim Nabors. He won over television audiences in the early 1960s with a unique dual talent - wide-eyed, rural-based comedy that occasionally gave way to a rich, florid baritone singing voice. Nabors parlayed his skills on countless variety programs before Andy Griffith tapped him to play naïve gas pump jockey Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68). The character proved so popular with viewers that Nabors was granted his own sitcom, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (CBS, 1964-69), which pitted the Mayberry favorite against a hard-nosed drill instructor (Frank Sutton). After "Pyle" was discharged from the airwaves, he remained a popular guest star on variety programs, most notably "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS, 1967-1978) and occasional features starring his good friend Burt Reynolds. Although Nabors maintained a lucrative career as a nightclub singer and dinner theater performer in his later years, for a generation of television fans he would forever remain that hilariously gullible, well-intentioned yokel with the golden voice.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Return To Mayberry (1986) Gomer Pyle
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 Cannonball Run II (1984) Homer
3.
 Stroker Ace (1983) Lugs
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 TV Land Real Estate (2002) Interviewee
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 Life & Times of Minnie Pearl, The (1996) Interviewee
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Moved to Los Angeles, CA and worked as film cutter for NBC
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Discovered by comedian Bill Dana while performing at a cabaret theater in Santa Monica called The Horn
1961:
Invited to appear on "The Steve Allen Show" (NBC/ABC) and signed on shortly after; show was canceled at end of 1961 season
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Returned to performing at The Horn where he was spotted by Andy Griffith
1962:
Played Gomer Pyle, the dim-witted gas station attendant on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS)
1964:
Reprised role of Gomer Pyle for spin-off series "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (CBS)
1964:
Revealed singing voice on an episode of "The Danny Kaye Show" (CBS)
1967:
Made first of many appearances on "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS)
1969:
Hosted own variety show "The Jim Nabors Hour" (CBS)
1975:
Teamed with Ruth Buzzi for "The Lost Saucer" (ABC)
1976:
After moving to Hawaii, launched "The Jim Nabors Polynesian Extravaganza" at the Hilton Hawaiian Village
1977:
Returned to television for morning talk show "The Jim Nabors Show" (Syndicated)
1981:
Made stage debut in production of "The Music Man" at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater in Florida
1982:
Played Deputy Fred in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton
1983:
Re-teamed with Burt Reynolds for "Stroker Ace"
1984:
Made a cameo in Reynold's "Cannonball Run II"
1984:
Returned to the stage for "Moulin Rouge" show at Las Vegas Hilton
1986:
Reunited with "Andy Griffith Show" co-stars for TV movie tribute "Return to Mayberry" (NBC)
1991:
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
1997:
Starred in "A Merry Christmas with Friends and Nabors," a live performance at the Hawaii Theatre Center
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Education

University of Alabama: Birmingham , Alabama -

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