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Jim Nabors 1930-2017

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Jim Nabors was most famous for his role of Gomer Pyle, originally appearing on The Andy Griffith Show, but was so popular he was given his own show, the spinoff,  Gomer Pyle USMC. Contrasting with the bumbling image and annoying speech patterns of that character, he had a rich baritone voice. He was also featured on every season premiere of the Carol Burnett Show. He hosted more than one variety show on TV and guest starred on others. He was good friends with Burt Reynolds who cast him in several of his movies. Since 1976, he had lived on Maui where he had a macadamia plantation.


In the ‘70s, Jim Nabors and Rock Hudson were the victims of a homophobic rumor that spread far and wide. Supposedly they got married (at the time illegal everywhere in the US) and Rock Hudson would take the surname of Jim Nabors’ most famous character, Gomer Pyle, and become “Rock Pyle”. It was said to be part of a joke party invitation. Both actors were definitely in The Closet at the time and never spoke to each other again.


Jim Nabors was officially married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, in Seattle on January 15, 2013. He died in Honolulu on November 30, 2017 and was survived by his husband, Stan.

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He was also really awesome in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas as Deputy Fred. He was a great comedian and an awesome singer. Like so many gays in Hollywood of his day, the contempt he faced must have been horrendous. 

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40 minutes ago, TalonRider said:

He was born in Indiana and for several years, before the the scandel in the 70's, he sang,  Back Home Again In Indiana, at the Indianapolis 500.

Wikipedia says he sang almost every year between 1972 and 2014.

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