Jim Nabors, Best Known for his role as Gomer Pyle on the hit 1960s TV programs “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Gomer Pyle, USMC,” died on thursday, at his Hawaii home at the age of 87.
Nabors got his start on the Andy Griffith Show during season 3, episode 13 – “The Bank Job”. This episode first aired on Dec 24th, 1962.
He became famous as the bumbling mechanic on “The Andy Griffith Show” and then went on to do his own show, which ran for 5 years.
He also appeared in movies, including “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “Cannonball Run II.”
The Alabama native was also an accomplished singer, who recorded dozens of albums and scored 5 gold and 1 platinum records.
One of his iconic songs is the staple of the Indy 500 … “Back Home Again in Indiana.” He last appeared at the race in 2014.
Nabors was gay and long before social media there was gossip – which he debunked – that he secretly married Rock Hudson.
In real life, Jim was married to his partner of more than 40 years. They lived in Hawaii.