BREAKING: TV’s Gomer Pyle Is DEAD- Here’s What Happened

Like this article?

Dean James III% AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS

We are saddened to report that the great Jim Nabors, the star who played Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” and eventually starred in his own spinoff, “Gomer Pyle USMC” has died. He was 87 years old.

Nabors’ husband, Stan Cadwallader, told the Associated Press his longtime partner had died peacefully at home in Hawaii by his side.

He said that Mr. Nabors’s health had been declining for a year and that his immune system had been suppressed since he underwent a liver transplant in 1994, The New York Times reports.

ADVERTISEMENT - STORY CONTINUES BELOW

At the time, Mr. Nabors announced that he had contracted hepatitis B in India several years earlier when he cut himself shaving with a contaminated straight razor, which he had bought there, The Times reports.

“Everybody knows he was a wonderful man. And that’s all we can say about him. He’s going to be dearly missed,” Cadwallader said.

Fox News reports that Nabors, a native of Alabama, became an instant success when he joined “The Andy Griffith Show” in the spring of 1963. The character of Gomer Pyle — the unworldly, lovable gas pumper who would exclaim “Gollllll-ly!” — proved so popular that in 1964 CBS starred him in “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”

In the spinoff, which lasted five seasons, Gomer left his hometown of Mayberry to become a Marine recruit. His innocence confounded his sergeant, the irascible Frank Sutton.

ADVERTISEMENT - STORY CONTINUES BELOW

THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM ~ Gomer Pyle USMC

YouTube video courtesy of Z1DO4U

Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle performs an impressive version of the song “The Impossible Dream” on the popular classic television show Gomer Pyle USMC.

Audiences saw another side of Nabors in appearances in TV variety programs — his booming baritone. The contrast between his homespun humor (“The tornado was so bad a hen laid the same egg twice”) and his full-throated operatic arias was stunning.

ADVERTISEMENT - STORY CONTINUES BELOW

For two seasons beginning in 1969, CBS presented “The Jim Nabors Hour,” on which he joshed with guest stars, did sketches with Sutton and fellow “Gomer” veteran Ronnie Schell, and sang country and opera.

In 2013, he made headlines for marrying Cadwallader. The couple met in 1975 when Cadwallader was a Honolulu firefighter.

“It’s pretty obvious that we had no rights as a couple, yet when you’ve been together 38 years, I think something’s got to happen there, you’ve got to solidify something,” Nabors told Hawaii News Now at the time. “And at my age, it’s probably the best thing to do.”

Nabors was known as an ardent supporter of the U.S. Marine Corps. He is one of only a handful of people to earn the official status of “Honorary Marine.”

Our condolences and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Rest in peace brother and thanks for the wonderful memories…

TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

Dean James III% AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS

FOLLOW us on Facebook at Nation In Distress!

Please like and share on Facebook and Twitter!

Like this article?

Facebook Comments

Our Privacy Policy has been updated to support the latest regulations.Click to learn more.×