Famous television star was found dead in his Hawaii home. I can’t believe that he’s really gone.
He is best known for playing Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” and its spinoff, “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” Jim Nabors has passed away at age 87 in his Hawaii home according to reports.
His husband confirmed the heartbreaking new to the Associated Press after it happened.
Apparently, the role he played as Gomer Pyle was never intended to be a recurring character. And it definitely wasn’t intended to have it’s own spin off show.
It wasn’t until Griffith discovered Nabors while doing cabaret theater at a Santa Monica nightclub. From here the rest was history for Jim.
His character only continued to grow on “The Andy Griffith Show” and that’s when he created a spin off for Nabors. He became legendary after that.
After seven years of playing Pyle, Nabors was ready to move on. That’s when he announced his resignation and the show was canceled.
Those seven years did wonders for him though. They were enough to typecast him and the rest of his roles released to his sitcom hilarious skills.
Nabors played similar characters in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Stroker Ace” and “Cannonball Run II.” On the children’s show “The Lost Saucer,” he played an android trying to find his way home. In 1986, he reprised his Pyle role in the TV movie “Return to Mayberry.” Carol Burnett asked him to appear on each season premiere of “The Carol Burnett Show,” considering him a good-luck charm. -Legacy
He wasn’t only known for his acting skills though. Jim also had some hits in Australia with his recording of “The Impossible Dream.”
Here in the United States he was remembered for “Back Home in Indiana,” which he sang at the start of every Indianapolis 500 race from 1972 until 2014.
He was a true legend and he will be missed deeply. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers during this time.