Jim Nabors

American actor and singer (1930-2017)

James Thurston "Jim" Nabors (June 12, 1930 – November 30, 2017) was an American singer, television, and movie actor. He was best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on the TV programs The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Nabors was the host of two programs. They were The Jim Nabors Hour and The Jim Nabors Show.

Jim Nabors
Nabors in 1970
James Thurston Nabors

(1930-06-12)June 12, 1930
DiedNovember 30, 2017(2017-11-30) (aged 87)
Alma materUniversity of Alabama
Occupation(s)Actor, singer
Years active1954–2017
Known forPortraying Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Stan Cadwallader (m. 2013–2017)

Nabors was also a guest star in The Steve Allen Show, The Danny Kaye Show, The Muppet Show and The Carol Burnett Show. He won a Golden Raspberry Award for his role as Lugs Harvey in the movie Stroker Ace.

Nabors was born in Sylacauga, Alabama on June 12, 1930. Nabors was educated at the University of Alabama.

There was a rumor that Nabors was married to Rock Hudson, the rumor was later denied.[1] Nabors only said that he and Hudson were only "special friends."

Since 1975, Nabors lived with his partner Stan Cadwallader in Honolulu, Hawaii.[2] A month after same-sex marriage became legal, Nabors married Cadwallader on January 29, 2013.[3][4][5] In the early morning of November 30, 2017, Nabors died peacefully at his home in Honolulu.[6][7] He was 87 years old.

Television works

Year Title Role Notes
1961 The Steve Allen Show Himself  
1963 The Danny Kaye Show Himself  
1962–1964 The Andy Griffith Show Gomer Pyle 27 episodes
1964–1969 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Gomer Pyle  
1966 The Lucy Show Pvt. Gomer Pyle One-shot role
1969 The Jim Nabors Hour Himself (host) Was nominated for a Golden Globe (Actor In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy)[8]
1976 The Carol Burnett Show Himself  
The Lost Saucer Fum  
The Muppet Show Himself Episode number 1.06 originally aired September 27, in New York, and October 2, in L.A.[9]
1978 The Jim Nabors Show Himself (host) Nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award (for Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety Series)[10]
1986 Return to Mayberry Gomer Pyle Television movie

Movie works

Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Deputy Fred movie debut
1983 Stroker Ace Lugs Harvey Won a Golden Raspberry Award for his role.[11]
1984 Cannonball Run II Pvt. Homer Lyle


  1. "Good Nabors Policy". Snopes.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  2. "Hawaii crowd celebrates Jim 'Gomer Pyle' Nabors' 85th birthday". The Salt Lake Tribune. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. "EXCLUSIVE: Actor Jim Nabors marries his longtime male partner". www.hawaiinewsnow.com.
  4. http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2013/01/gomer-pyle-usmc-star-jim-nabors-marries-female-partner-in-seattle/[permanent dead link]
  5. "Actor Jim Nabors marries male partner in Seattle - AP State - MyNorthwest.com". Archived from the original on 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  6. "Jim Nabors, the Cheerful Gomer Pyle on Two TV Series, Dies at 87". www.msn.com. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  7. Staff, HNN. "TV legend and longtime Hawaii resident Jim Nabors dies at 87". Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  8. "Jim Nabors Awards". Allmovie. Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved December 27, 2008.[permanent dead link]
  9. "Muppet Central Guides – The Muppet Show: Jim Nabors". Retrieved October 15, 2009.
  10. "Daytime Emmy Awards: 1978". IMDB. Retrieved December 30, 2008.[permanent dead link]
  11. Wilson, John (August 23, 2000). "1983 Raspberry Awards". Razzies.com. Golden Raspberry Awards. Archived from the original on February 28, 2009. Retrieved November 22, 2008.

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