Jim Nabors, known for his role as Gomer Pyle in two TV shows, dies aged 87

Thursday, November 30, 2017
By Paul Martin

30 November 2017

Jim Nabors, who starred in 1960s hit Gomer Pyle, has died.

The Alabama native, who had been living in Hawaii in recent years, died early Thursday Hawaii News Now reports. He was 87.

Nabors was discovered by Andy Griffith while working at a nightclub in Santa Monica and appeared on his CBS sitcom The Andy Griffith Show from 1962 to 1964.

The actor was signed for just one episode which aired in the third season but his character Gomer Pyle – a simple-minded and gentle auto mechanic – proved so popular that he went on to star in 23 installments.

It led to Nabors getting his own spin-off Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., which followed the character after he joined the marines, and ran for five years from 1964 to 1969.

He also appeared in movies such as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Cannonball Run II opposite pal Burt Reynolds.

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