Jim Nabors, pictured performing during the pre-race ceremonies of the 1998 Indy 500 Mile Race, died after battling a long illness. (Rich Miller/Indianapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Remembering versatile Jim Nabors — opera singer, Gomer Pyle

Carol Burnett called him her “good luck charm” and Roseanne Barr said, “Sgt. Gomer Pyle was the first ‘gay’ character on TV.”

Jim Nabors, the singer and actor best known for his role as Gomer Pyle (and his cheery “Gollll-ly!”) died in Honolulu on Thursday. He was 87.

Nabors, who had a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting hepatitis B, died peacefully at his home after his health declined for the past year, said his husband, Stan Cadwallader, who was by his side.

Nabors’ career started in the early 1960s on TV; his breakout role was on “The Andy Griffith Show” playing dim-witted mechanic Gomer Pyle for two seasons. The character was so popular, he got a spinoff series, “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” which ran for five seasons.

The actor, whose star was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991, also appeared in films such as “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “Stroker Ace.”

As a performer, he had another side, which he displayed on 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 amazed and stunned audiences.

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

MATT LAUER UPDATE

Matt Lauer has dissolved his social media accounts, but news hasn’t stopped coming about the fallen “Today” show host, who was fired after sexual harassment allegations came to light.

After NBC quickly deleted his image from its “Today” website next to fixtures Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Kathy Lee Gifford, Carson Daly and Megyn Kelly, Lauer did issue a public statement in which he apologized to people he hurt.

By early evening Thursday, his Facebook and Twitter pages were gone.

Meanwhile, Stephanie Gosk of NBC News, who appeared with Kelly on “Today,” says there may be as many as eight victims in the investigation of his improprieties.

There’s been no announcement of who might permanently replace Lauer, but Kelly, Kotb, Craig Melvin, Willie Geist, Brian Williams and Ann Curry are among the names that have surfaced.

In another annoying report, sources close to Lauer indicated that his attorneys were working on a plan to get him paid through the remainder of his $20 million contract.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Singer Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots is 29. … Actress Zoe Kravitz is 29. … Singer Janelle Monae is 32. … Actress Emily Mortimer is 46. … Comedian Sarah Silverman is 47 … Actor Jeremy Northam is 56. … Actor Treat Wiliams is 67. … Singer Gilbert O’Sullivan is 72. … Actress-singer Bette Midler is 72. .. Director Woody Allen is 82.
Jim NaborsMatt LauerMegyn KellyStan Cadwallader

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

City Attorney targets permit expediter, developers in new round of subpoenas

San Francisco’s corruption scandal is the dumpster fire that keeps on giving… Continue reading

SF to introduce legislation authorizing safe injection sites

Mayor Breed and Supervisor Haney join forces to create regulations, permit process for nonprofits

Newsom says state to expand testing capacity for coronavirus

Health officials mobilizing resources after case of unknown origin reported in Solano County

Study: Banning cars on Market had minimal effect on side streets

A traffic nightmare. Congestions madness. Carmageddon. Those were the fears voiced by… Continue reading

Police Commission president calls for probe into allegations of ‘rampant’ anti-black bias in SFPD

A newly surfaced email alleging widespread anti-black bias in San Francisco’s police… Continue reading

Most Read