Jim Nabors, who portrayed the jovial Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show before branching out with his own series, died early Thursday morning at his home in Hawaii. He was 89.
Producer Phil Arnone was the first to break the news, stating Nabors died around 3am.
Nabors had been suffering from poor health for some time. Nabors’ husband, Stan Cadwallader, later confirmed to the Associated Press.
Nabors was discovered while performing at a cabaret theatre in Santa Monica, California, where he was asked by Andy Griffith to audition for the part of Gomer Pyle, a lovable gas station clerk — a role he debuted on The Andy Griffith Show in 1962 and continued through Gomer Pyle: USMC, due to the character’s popularity.
Nabors went on to appear in films like The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Stroker Ace, and Cannonball Run II, as well as TV series like The Carol Burnett Show, The Love Boat, and The Julie Andrews Hour.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.