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Default Jim Nabors, the Cheerful Gomer Pyle on Two TV Series, Dies at 87

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Jim Nabors, who starred as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and on his own sitcom before retiring the wide-eyed, countrified character at the height of his popularity, has died. He was 87.

Nabors died at his home in Hawaii on Wednesday night, his husband told Indiana's WTHR. A native of Alabama, Nabors also recorded more than two dozen albums with a rich, operatic baritone voice that surprised those who were used to hearing Nabors exclaim "Gawwwleee!" with a Southern twang on television.

For many years, Nabors sang "Back Home Again in Indiana" during the opening ceremonies for the Indianapolis 500.

In the early 1960s, Nabors was a regular performer at The Horn, a cabaret theater on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica that showcased new talent, when he was spotted by Andy Griffith, who thought Nabors would be perfect to play a new character on his CBS sitcom. That would be Gomer, a dimwitted, affable mechanic at Wally's Filling Station in Mayberry and a cousin of Goober (George Lindsey)... More ... (Hollywood Reporter - 30 Nov 2017)

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Jim Nabors on The Andy Griffith Show
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