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Jim Nabors, a singer and comic actor who played the bumbling but good-natured hayseed Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” before starring as an unlikely Marine recruit in “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1960s, died Nov. 30 at his home in Hono*lulu. He was 87.

His death was confirmed to the Associated Press by his husband, Stan Cadwallader. The cause was not disclosed, but Mr. Nabors had a liver transplant in 1994 and heart surgery in 2012.

Mr. Nabors had never acted before Griffith saw him perform at a nightclub, where he portrayed a bumpkin whose high-pitched drawl changed to an operatic baritone when he broke into song.

“I don’t know what you do,” Griffith told Mr. Nabors, “but it’s magic, whatever it is.”

Mr. Nabors joined the cast of “The Andy Griffith Show” in 1963. The sitcom, which debuted in 1960, featured Griffith as a small-town sheriff in Mayberry, N.C., with Don Knotts as his hapless deputy,

Mr. Nabors’s character of Gomer Pyle — originally promised to George Lindsey, who later played Gomer’s cousin, Goober — was a gas station attendant of limited abilities and lamblike innocence. Gomer was modeled, Mr. Nabors said, on people he knew in his native Alabama.

Gomer’s slack-jawed expressions of amazement — “Goll-leee!,” “Shazam!” and “Surprise, surprise, surprise!” — became catchphrases of the time.

“He showed up in Mayberry and was an instant success,” Daniel de Visť, author of the 2015 book “Andy & Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show,” said in an interview. “I think the very best episodes of that show were the ones that featured the three of them, Andy, Don and Jim. Andy and Don both thought Jim was a natural.”

In one of his first encounters with Griffith, as Sheriff Andy Taylor, Gomer explains that he can’t do mechanical work, “jus’ gas an’ oil, water ’nd air. Water and air’s free. We don’t make no charge for it.

“Now, you take gas and oil” — pronounced “awl” — “that is a different proposition entire” — pronounced en-TAHR. “We make a charge for that, depending on how many times the pump out there goes ding-dong. It’s 30 cents a ding.”

In another episode, Barney Fife stops Gomer on a Mayberry street for making an illegal U-turn.

As Barney leaves the scene, making a U-turn of his own, Gomer runs toward his police car: “Stop, Barney, stop! Citizen’s arrest, citizen’s arrest, citizen’s arrest!”

He asks Barney to write himself a ticket.

“You’ve got to be kidding!” Barney says.

“You hear that, folks?” Gomer replies. “There are two sets of laws: One for the PO-lice and one for the ordinary citizens.”

After a year and a half as one of the most beloved characters on “The Andy Griffith Show,” Gomer enlisted in the Marines, thus launching a spinoff, “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”

The show, which premiered in 1964, also featured Frank Sutton as Sgt. Carter, Gomer’s crew-cut and flummoxed drill sergeant. Always out of step as he marched, Gomer performed menial tasks with eager pride, as his openhearted good nature prevailed in the end.

“Much of the show’s humor,” critic Gerald Nachman wrote in the New York Post in 1964, “seems to hinge on Gomer’s slow blink and an undependable jaw that drops open on him at difficult moments, leaving a face that in essence is half teeth and half nose; two trusting brown eyes often give him the look of a well-meaning, unassuming old plow horse.”

Mr. Nabors displayed his rich singing voice in some of the episodes of “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” which ran for five years and never finished out of the Top 10 in ratings.

The show aired during the height of the Vietnam War, but it deliberately did not address real-world concerns. Nevertheless, it made Mr. Nabors one of television’s biggest stars.
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I was in attendance...

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Are you that old!?
no seriously that must have been so cool. good times.



Here's one of my favorite songs he recorded back in his prime. A favorite song of mine period and to me this type of male voice tone is perfect.

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Liberace once said "Jim Nabors is a man's boy, and I love him". Rock Hudson punched Liberace in the face. And they all lived happily ever after.
Okay, I made that up.
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Liberace once said "Jim Nabors is a man's boy, and I love him". Rock Hudson punched Liberace in the face. And they all lived happily ever after.
Okay, I made that up.
hey knock yourself out. seems he lived a very happy life.
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My brother called me when he heard about Nabors passing. We grew up to his talents..


R.I.P. Jim Nabors............
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He had an incredible voice and to see his Gomer Pyle persona sing The Impossible Dream was amazing!

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He had an incredible voice and to see his Gomer Pyle persona sing the Impossible Dream
Thanks for sharing this.
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I was thinking of late women seem to be getting even with powerful males for un-right acts, use of force etc.

That is one male, with power I would bet never did a wrong thing when a female was present. A perfect male...


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