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Jim Nabors, TV's 'Gomer Pyle,' Passes Away At The Age Of 87

The world of entertainment lost another star on Wednesday evening, as Jim Nabors passed away at the age of 87. Best known for the title role on the campy 1960s sitcom ‘Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.', Nabors would go on to have a lengthy career that spanned decades and see him explore his many different talents. As AOL shares, his husband, Stan Cadwallader, confirmed that he passed away peacefully at their home in Hawaii.

Nabors' big break came when he landed a guest role on ‘The Andy Griffith Show.’ He played the part of Gomer Pyle, a mechanic at Wally's Filling Station in Mayberry. His appearance was so popular that he went on to appear in a total of 23 episodes during the series' four-year run. The series finale addressed the fact that Gomer had joined the marines, and that was the launching pad for the spinoff that really rocketed him to fame.

The show was a big hit, but Nabors decided to call it quits after five seasons.

"It got down to what you think you want to be, an actor or an entertainer. I want to entertain," he said at the time. "I don't think I'm much of an actor. The only part I ever played was Gomer. I'm the most surprised person around that I'm successful anyway."

Nabors would go on to pursue other endeavors, including hosting a variety show and his burgeoning musical career. He would have a few small roles in movies through the years, but it wasn’t a passion of his. However, music was, and he would go on to have an accomplished career that would culminate with his platinum-selling album, The Heart-Touching Magic of Jim Nabors.

Nabors would also become a staple at the Indianapolis 500, as he would appear and sing 'Back Home Again in Indiana’ starting in 1972. His final appearance at the yearly event came in 2014.

"I'll be honest with you, I didn't want to stay too long at the fair. Everyone has been so incredible to me so many years,” Nabors recalled. “The first time I was here was 1972, so I guess most people have grown up with me."

Back in 2000, he reflected on the fact that his character remains quite popular in modern times thanks to the wonders of syndication.

"Television has become very cynical, even the comedy shows, and the cynicism from the young people just boggles my mind,” he said. "In Mayberry, there was no illness. There was no war. There was no violence. There was no graffiti. We all had a good time, and we laughed a lot.”

Nabors wed his longtime partner in 2013. The couple met in 1975, and Nabors had made his home in Hawaii for more than 30 years. He had reportedly been having some health issues in recent years, but his exact cause of death is unclear. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends, family, and loved ones of the ever-talented Nabors.

Source: AOL
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