Jim Nabors
American actor and singer
Jim Nabors
James Thurston "Jim" Nabors is an American actor and singer. Born and raised in Sylacauga, Alabama, Nabors moved to Southern California because of his asthma. While working at a Santa Monica nightclub, The Horn, he was discovered by Andy Griffith and later joined The Andy Griffith Show, playing Gomer Pyle. The character proved popular, and Nabors was given his own spin-off show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C..
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Mike Huckabee Compares Same-Sex Marriage to Cussing, Drinking and Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
Huffington Post - about 2 years
The rest of the 2016 Republican hopefuls have a lot of catching up to do in order to compete with Mike Huckabee's obvious head-start on race-baiting and gay-bashing. We've barely heard from the other clown-car passengers and already Huckabee has navigated his way through at least three major new cycles in which he says something obnoxious then walks it back, but only after the GOP base scarfs it down like, I don't know, whatever it eats. Rind? We'll circle back to this. It's been yet another weekend and another Huckabee television appearance that included yet another deliberately awful statement from the former Arkansas governor. This time, Huckabee popped up on CNN's State of the Union for an exclusive chat and, when he was asked about same-sex marriage, he likened it to drinking and using profanity. In other words, it's an indulgent or obscene lifestyle choice, rather than the way many of us are genetically formed. I don't drink alcohol, but gosh -- a lot of my friends, maybe m ...
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Ask the Pharmacist: Are you at risk for hepatitis C?
My Eagle News - over 3 years
(BPT) - What do Mickey Mantle, Evel Knievel, Naomi Judd, Pamela Anderson, Jim Nabors and Keith Richards have in common? They have all faced hepatitis C. And they are not the only ones; about 3.2 milli
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Pat Gallagher: Actress Who Played Thelma Lou Reminisces About Andy Griffith
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Actress Betty Lynn is 87. It's hard to believe that 'Thelma Lou' was born on Aug. 29, 1926! Who woulda' thought? Even though it has been 48 years since The Andy Griffith Show actress appeared as a regular on TAGS playing the sweet, mild-mannered girlfriend of our favorite bumbling deputy Barney Fife, reruns keep 'Thelma Lou' young in our minds and in our hearts. Lynn, who is one of the few remaining surviving TAGS cast members, is living a comfortable life these days in Mt. Airy, NC, birthplace and hometown of Andy Griffith. She has happily reunited with cast members over the years at the annual "Mayberry Days" which takes place in September each year in Mt. Airy. The greatest joy in Betty's life was playing Thelma Lou from 1960 to 1965. I had the great pleasure of covering the 50th Anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show in 2010 at the annual "Mayberry Days" event interviewing Betty, Karen Knotts (Don's daughter), Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle), George Lindsey (Goober Pyle), E ...
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Actor Jim Nabors returns to sing at Indy 500; illness to keep Florence Henderson away
Fox News - over 3 years
Gomer Pyle will be back for this year's Indianapolis 500.
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Pat Gallagher: 12 Post 50 Celebs Who Have Never Married
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Back in the day when some of us were wearing petticoats, circle pins and saddle shoes, marriage was almost a rite of passage for young women. If a girl didn't have "a ring on it" by the time she was in her early 20s, the term "old maid" came into play. In 2013, not so much. Marriage is now -- thankfully -- a choice. Since the beginning of time, it seems men have never felt the pinch to get married unless encouraged by the sweet young thing he was dating or by the sweet young thing's anxious father after finding out there was a bun in the oven (thus the term "shotgun wedding" became the popular slang... so glad those days are over!). Happily, marriage works for millions of couples, but people who make the choice never to marry are the bold men and women who don't give a happy hoot what other people think. So The Huffington Post is happy to run down the list of some of our favorite celebrities who stand by their convictions that marriage is an option... and thus, have chosen ...
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Newlywed Jim Nabors 'wanted it legal'
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Newlywed Jim Nabors 'wanted it legal' Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 4:29 pm, Thursday, January 31, 2013 Actor Jim Nabors says marrying his longtime male partner doesn't change anything about their relationship - he just wanted it to be formally acknowledged. Nabors said they flew from Honolulu just for the short ceremony and were married in a hotel room by a judge friend from Olympia, Wash. 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."
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"Gomer Pyle" actor Jim Nabors weds longtime male partner
Reuters.com - about 4 years
SEATTLE (Reuters) - American actor Jim Nabors, the star of 1960s television comedy "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," married his longtime male partner at a Seattle hotel this month.
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Jim Nabors marries partner, comes out as gay
Calgary Sun - about 4 years
Jim Nabors married his male partner of nearly 40 years this month, the “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” star said Wednesday.
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Jim Nabors Marries Partner in Seattle
New York Times - ArtsBeat Blogs - about 4 years
The actor, 82, who played the hapless if loveable Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," was said to have married Stan Cadwallader, 64, his partner of 38 years, in a private ceremony in a Seattle hotel room on Jan. 15.
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WATCH: Jimmy Fallon's Fartiest Thank You Notes Yet
Huffington Post - over 4 years
When Jimmy Fallon does his weekly "Thank You Notes" segment, half the fun is watching how Jimmy, announcer Steve Higgins and the Roots will amuse themselves in between Jimmy's notes. This week, Jimmy had some good quips about Marco Rubio ("not a weird game kids play in the pool... Marco! Rubio!") and the man with the world's largest penis getting frisked by the TSA ("It took so long... I missed my flight"), and plastic surgery being "human PhotoShop." But the real fun comes in the form of Jimmy and Higgins' bizarre Jim Nabors impressions throughout the segment, and Higgins making Jimmy uncomfortable by making fart sound effects into the microphone. Keep at it, guys.
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Beloved actor Andy Griffith dies at 86
Blue Ridge Now - over 4 years
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Andy Griffith, who made homespun Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in "The Andy Griffith Show" and the rumpled defense lawyer in "Matlock," died Tuesday. He was 86. Griffith died about 7 a.m. at his coastal home, Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie said in a statement. "Mr. Griffith passed away this morning at his home peacefully and has been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoke Island," Doughtie told The Associated Press, reading from a family statement. The family will release further information, the sheriff said. He had suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2000. Griffith's career spanned more than a half-century on stage, film and television, but he would always be best known as Sheriff Andy Taylor in the television show set in a North Carolina town not too different from Griffith's own hometown of Mount Airy, N.C. Griffith set the show in the fictional town of Mayberry, N.C., where Sheriff Taylor was the d ...
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Jim Nabors Will Miss Indy 500
The Inquisitor - almost 5 years
Jim Nabors has been singing  ”Back Home Again in Indiana” at the Indy 500 since 1987. Sadly, Nabors won’t be able to attend this year’s race as he is scheduled to have heart surgery later this month. But Nabors voice will still be heard at the Indy 500 despite his absence. USA Today reports that a video crew is flying out to Hawaii to film the 81-year-old singing. The video will be played before the Indy 500. IMS spokesman Doug Boles said: “He offered that… You’ve got to remember that (the 500) is as much a highlight of his year as it is for the hundreds of thousands of fans who hear him sing.” Nabors said in 2009: “It’s just magical. To be here all of those years, it’s part of my life, part of my history now. It’s been great to see all the kids grow up.” Nabors began singing the song in 1972 and started performing it at the Indy 500 in 1987. Nabors has performed the song every year but once since then. He missed the 2007 race for health reasons. Here’s a video of J ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jim Nabors
  • 2014
    Age 81
    In March 2014, Nabors announced that the 2014 Indianapolis 500 would be his final appearance, saying that his health was limiting his ability to travel.
    More Details Hide Details Nabors began vacationing in Hawaii in the 1960s, and in 1976, moved from Bel Air, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii. For 25 years, he owned a macadamia plantation on Maui before selling it to the National Tropical Botanical Garden, a conservationist organization, though he still retains farming rights to the land and owns a second home on the property.
  • 2013
    Age 80
    Nabors married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, at Seattle, Washington's Fairmont Olympic Hotel on January 15, 2013, a month after same-sex marriage became legal in Washington.
    More Details Hide Details A longstanding rumor maintains that Nabors "married" Rock Hudson in the early 1970s, shortly before Nabors began his relationship with Cadwallader. Not only was same-sex marriage not yet legal in any U.S. state at the time, at least publicly, the two were never more than friends. According to Hudson, the story originated with a group of "middle-aged homosexuals who live in Huntington Beach", who sent out joke invitations for their annual get-together. One year, the group invited its members to witness "the marriage of Rock Hudson and Jim Nabors", at which Hudson would take the surname of Nabors' most famous character, Gomer Pyle, becoming "Rock Pyle". The rumor was spread by those who failed to get the joke, and because Nabors was still closeted at the time and Hudson never publicly admitted to being gay (despite widespread suspicion that he was), the two never spoke to each other again.
  • 1997
    Age 64
    Shortly after recovering from his transplant, Nabors embarked on another tour, with stops in Phoenix, St. Louis and Washington. From 1997 to 2006, Nabors starred in the Burton White-produced A Merry Christmas with Friends and Nabors, a live performance at the Hawaii Theatre Center in Honolulu.
    More Details Hide Details The production, featuring local and national artists, ran for 40 performances and was directed by Tom Hansen until Hansen's death in 2006. The final performance run was directed by John Rampage and dedicated to Hansen. For more than 30 years, Nabors sang "Back Home Again in Indiana" with the Purdue All-American Marching Band before each Indianapolis 500.
  • 1994
    Age 61
    In 1994, Nabors suffered from a near-fatal case of hepatitis B.
    More Details Hide Details According to Nabors, he contracted the disease while traveling in India; he shaved with a straight razor and "whacked his face all up." The disease caused liver failure, and Nabors was given a dim prognosis; however, his friend Carol Burnett made an arrangement with the transplant division of UCLA and secured Nabors a transplant. Nabors later became involved with the American Liver Foundation as a result of his experience.
  • 1986
    Age 53
    Also in 1986, Nabors starred in the half-hour comedy pilot Sylvan in Paradise as the title character, Sylvan Sprayberry, an accident-prone bell captain at a Hawaiian hotel.
    More Details Hide Details The series was not picked up by NBC. After moving to Hawaii from Bel Air, California with his partner Stan Cadwallader in 1976, he launched a show, "The Jim Nabors Polynesian Extravaganza" at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, which ran for two years. Nabors eventually experienced "bright-light burnout" and disappeared from the stage, save for an occasional performance. In 1984, after a five-year hiatus, Nabors returned to performing, starring in the "Moulin Rouge" show at the Las Vegas Hilton and other shows in Reno and Las Vegas. He made his theatrical debut as Harold Hill in The Music Man with Florence Henderson at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre.
    In 1986, Nabors returned to television, reprising his role as Gomer Pyle in the television movie Return to Mayberry, in which the cast of The Andy Griffith Show reunited.
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  • 1983
    Age 50
    In 1983, he was cast as an auto mechanic in Stroker Ace, starring Burt Reynods as a race car driver who fights a fried-chicken chain entrepreneur.
    More Details Hide Details The film was panned, and Nabors earned a Golden Raspberry Award for his performance. In Reynolds' star-studded Cannonball Run II (1984), about a cross-country car chase, Nabors made a cameo appearance alongside such celebrities as Dom DeLuise, Jackie Chan, Shirley MacLaine, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Andy Griffith Show co-stars Don Knotts and George Lindsey. Like Reynolds' previous two films, Cannonball received mostly negative reviews.
  • 1977
    Age 44
    From 1977 to 1978, Nabors hosted another variety show, The Jim Nabors Show.
    More Details Hide Details Though the show lasted only one season, Nabors was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety Series. Nabors eventually grew tired of the "prime-time TV grind" and abandoned television jobs for nightclub and concert engagements and a role in a touring production of Man of La Mancha. However, Sid and Marty Krofft persuaded Nabors to star in the Saturday-morning children's television show The Lost Saucer, about two bumbling androids, Fi (Ruth Buzzi) and Fum (Nabors), who travel through time with two children. Nabors, whose character was described as a "Gomer Pyle in outer space", sang in a few of the episodes. In the 1980s, Nabors appeared in three feature-length films starring his friend Burt Reynolds, at the latter's request. In The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), about a sheriff (Reynolds) who falls in love with a brothel madam (Dolly Parton), Nabors played Deputy Fred, a character similar to Gomer Pyle. Though the film was given mostly unfavorable reviews, Nabors garnered some positive comments for his performance.
  • 1973
    Age 40
    Also in 1973, Nabors sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series.
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    In a 1973 episode of The Rookies, he played his first "serious" role, a man called on to be an assassin after the death of his sister.
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  • 1964
    Age 31
    Nabors revealed his rich baritone voice first on the February 24, 1964, episode of The Andy Griffith Show and on April 8, 1964, on The Danny Kaye Show, and subsequently capitalized on it with numerous successful recordings and live performances.
    More Details Hide Details Most of the songs were romantic ballads, though he sang pop, gospel, and country songs as well. The climactic vocal performance on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. came in an episode titled "The Show Must Go On", aired November 3, 1967, in which Pyle sang "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" in Washington, D.C., at a U.S. Navy relief show, accompanied by the Marine Corps Band. He hosted a variety show, The Jim Nabors Hour (1969–1971), which featured his Gomer Pyle co-stars Ronnie Schell and Frank Sutton. Despite a poor critical reception, the show was popular. After the cancellation of The Jim Nabors Hour, Nabors embarked on a nationwide roadshow. Typecast from his role as Gomer Pyle, Nabors found his subsequent roles mostly comedic. In the 1970s, he appeared in the children's television programs Krofft Supershow and Buford and the Galloping Ghost, He appeared in every season premiere of The Carol Burnett Show, because Burnett considered him a "good-luck charm".
  • 1930
    Age -3
    Born in 1930.
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