Jim Nabors

Few actors epitomized the aw-shucks country boy persona better than Emmy-nominated actor and singer Jim Nabors. He won over television audiences in the early 1960s with a unique dual talent - wide-eyed, rural-based ... Read more »
Born: 06/12/1930 in Sylacauga, Alabama, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

Pioneers of Television 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Andy Griffith Show Reunion 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Real Estate 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Andy of Mayberry: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Carol Burnett: Just to Have a Laugh 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life & Times of Minnie Pearl 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Andy Griffith Show Reunion 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Tube Test 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Sylvan in Paradise 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Cannonball Run II 1984 (Movie)

Homer (Actor)

Celebrity Daredevils 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Stroker Ace 1983 (Movie)

Lugs (Actor)

The Best Little Special in Texas 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 1982 (Movie)

Deputy Fred (Actor)

The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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CBS: On the Air 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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The Jim Nabors Show 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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The Lost Saucer 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Burt Reynolds' Late Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The Bob Hope Show (01/17/72) 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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The Jim Nabors Hour 1969 - 1971 (TV Show)

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Gomer Pyle USMC 1964 - 1970 (TV Show)

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The Andy Griffith Show 1960 - 1968 (TV Show)

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And Debbie Makes Six 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Mayberry (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The Hawk is Dying 2007 (Movie)

("Jingle Bells") (Song Performer)

Biography

Few actors epitomized the aw-shucks country boy persona better than Emmy-nominated actor and singer Jim Nabors. He won over television audiences in the early 1960s with a unique dual talent - wide-eyed, rural-based comedy that occasionally gave way to a rich, florid baritone singing voice. Nabors parlayed his skills on countless variety programs before Andy Griffith tapped him to play naïve gas pump jockey Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68). The character proved so popular with viewers that Nabors was granted his own sitcom, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (CBS, 1964-69), which pitted the Mayberry favorite against a hard-nosed drill instructor (Frank Sutton). After "Pyle" was discharged from the airwaves, he remained a popular guest star on variety programs, most notably "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS, 1967-1978) and occasional features starring his good friend Burt Reynolds. Although Nabors maintained a lucrative career as a nightclub singer and dinner theater performer in his later years, for a generation of television fans he would forever remain that hilariously gullible, well-intentioned yokel with the golden voice.

Relationships

Stan Cadwallader

Husband
Met 1975 in Honolulu, HI Married Jan. 15, 2013 in Seattle, WA

Mavis Nabors

Mother

Fred Nabors

Father

EDUCATION

University of Alabama

Birmingham , Alabama

Milestones

1997

Starred in "A Merry Christmas with Friends and Nabors," a live performance at the Hawaii Theatre Center

1991

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

1986

Reunited with "Andy Griffith Show" co-stars for TV movie tribute "Return to Mayberry" (NBC)

1984

Returned to the stage for "Moulin Rouge" show at Las Vegas Hilton

1984

Made a cameo in Reynold's "Cannonball Run II"

1983

Re-teamed with Burt Reynolds for "Stroker Ace"

1982

Played Deputy Fred in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton

1981

Made stage debut in production of "The Music Man" at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater in Florida

1977

Returned to television for morning talk show "The Jim Nabors Show" (Syndicated)

1976

After moving to Hawaii, launched "The Jim Nabors Polynesian Extravaganza" at the Hilton Hawaiian Village

1975

Teamed with Ruth Buzzi for "The Lost Saucer" (ABC)

1968

Hosted own variety show "The Jim Nabors Hour" (CBS)

1967

Made first of many appearances on "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS)

1964

Reprised role of Gomer Pyle for spin-off series "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (CBS)

1964

Revealed singing voice on an episode of "The Danny Kaye Show" (CBS)

1962

Played Gomer Pyle, the dim-witted gas station attendant on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS)

1961

Invited to appear on "The Steve Allen Show" (NBC/ABC) and signed on shortly after; show was canceled at end of 1961 season

Discovered by comedian Bill Dana while performing at a cabaret theater in Santa Monica called The Horn

Moved to Los Angeles, CA and worked as film cutter for NBC

Returned to performing at The Horn where he was spotted by Andy Griffith

Bonus Trivia

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In 1994, Nabors underwent a liver transplant after contracting hepatitis from a shaving accident while in India.

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