Basic Information About Jim Nabors
|Category||Celebrities › Actors|
|Professions||Comedian, Actor, Singer, Businessperson|
|Date of birth||1930-06-12|
|Place of birth||Sylacauga|
|Date of death||2017-11-30 (aged 87)|
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Curiosities and Trademarks||The role of Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964).|
|Spouse||15 January - Stanley Don Cadwallader ( 2013 - 30 November 2017) (his death)|
|Height||6 ft (1.83 m)|
|Social Media||↗︎ Wikipedia ↗︎ IMDb|
What Movie Awards did Jim Nabors win?
Jim Nabors awards
|Award Name||State||Movie / Series Name||Year|
|Legend Award -||Winner||The Andy Griffith Show||2004|
Jim Nabors roles
|Movie / Series||Role|
|The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas||Deputy Fred|
|Cannonball Run II||Pvt. Homer Lyle|
|The Lucy Show||Pvt. Gomer Pyle (uncredited) unknown episodes|
|Knight Rider||Passerby / ... (uncredited) unknown episodes|
|Sesame Street||Self 2 episodes, 1971-1974|
|The Andy Griffith Show||Gomer Pyle 23 episodes, 1962-1964|
|The Love Boat||Wayne Bouton, the valet / ... 3 episodes, 1977-1981|
|The Carol Burnett Show||Self - Guest / ... 13 episodes, 1967-1977|
|The Muppet Show||Self - Special Guest Star 1 episode, 1976|
|Hi Honey, I'm Home||Gomer Pyle 1 episode, 1991|
Jim Nabors's Quotes
- I think this story sums up my career the best. One time I was walking in an airport somewhere and I saw this woman with her young son. The son looked up at me and it was obvious that he recognized me. He thought for a second and he said 'Mom, there goes an old Gomer!'
- I never knifed anybody in the back. It was just not my nature at all and that is why I was so surprised that I made it in show business at all.
- It's pretty obvious that we had no rights as a couple, yet when you've been together 38 years, I think something's got to happen there, you've got to solidify something. And, at my age, it's probably the best thing to do. -- JN, on his same-sex marriage to life partner Stan Cadwallader in 2013
Jim Nabors: America’s Iconic Actor and Singer
Jim Nabors was an exceptional actor, comedian, and singer celebrated for his appearances on renowned television shows and featured roles in major Hollywood movies. Nabors started as a typist for the United Nations in New York after graduating from the University of Alabama. His profession did not hinder his passion and talent for performing as he got engaged with a drama group in New York, which later grew into a television and film story.
Net Worth Details
It is believed that Jim Nabors’ net worth at the time of his death in 2017 was estimated at $40 million.
Early Life and Education
Jim Nabors was born in Sylacauga, Alabama, on June 12, 193, to a police officer, Fred, and Mavis Pearl Newman, the mother of three including Jim. He attended the University of Alabama. Nabors participated in several college productions such as “My Fair Lady” and “The Merchant of Venice” while he was a student at the university. It was while performing in Alabama that he met Bill Mercer, a radio personality who would play a significant role in launching his career.
Nabors moved to Los Angeles from New York to pursue a career as an actor. While he was performing at a cabaret theater called The Horn in Santa Monica, Andy Griffith saw him perform. A big fan of his stage performance, he cast Jim Nabors in one episode of “The Andy Griffith Show.” The role of Gomer Pyle became so popular that Jim continued playing this iconic character, cross-overing it to its own TV show called “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”
Away from television shows, Jim also featured in various children’s programs like “The Krofft Supershow” and “Buford and the Galloping Ghost,” among others. Nabors earned Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Host and the Best Variety Series for his program, “The Jim Nabors Show.”
Nabors featured in three Hollywood movies like the “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, “Cannonball Run II,” and “Stroker Ace.” Nonetheless, he performed mainly on stage shows producing exceptional performances in various theatre productions such as “The Lost Saucer” and “Man of La Mancha.”
Awards & Honours
Jim Nabors’ art of comedy, acting, and music saw him receive many awards. One of Nabors’ notable achievements was receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to film and television.
Jim Nabors maintained a low-key personal life, despite his stardom. Nabors was a private person who loved living in seclusion away from the limelight. In 1976, Jim left Hollywood for Hawaii, where he acquired an estate with 170 feet of oceanfront land that offered spectacular views. While in Hawaii, Jim actively participated in various local charities and sought anonymity whenever he was back on the mainland.
Jim Nabors was renowned for his real estate portfolio. One of his most valuable properties was his almost 600 square foot home in Honolulu. Called “Casa Paradiso,” he put it up for sale after his death at a cost of $15 million or rented it for around $400 per night. He also owned an apartment situated in California and had various properties located in East Tennessee.
To sum up, Jim Nabors was a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry. Despite leaving a vast estate, his legacy will undoubtedly live on, thanks to his immense contribution to comedy, acting and music around the world. He died at the ripe age of 87, leaving behind a rich reputable estate with enviable properties that will remain memorable to this day.
Interesting Facts about Jim Nabors
- Considered by Carol Burnett to be her "good luck charm" and as such was a guest star on each season's premiere of The Carol Burnett Show (1967).
- Sang "Back Home Again in Indiana" for 42 years during opening ceremonies of the "Indianapolis 500" , located in Speedway, In., from 1972 till ill health forced him to discontinue appearing. His final performance was May 25th, 2014. However his first appearance in 1972 was a confusing one. He thought he was invited to sing the National Anthem. But a scant few minutes before he was to perform he found out he was to sing "Back Home Again in Indiana"! In this short period of time, to his credit, (Surprise-Surprise-Surprise) he learned the melody and words and performed it flawlessly. Also as a special gesture to Jim's final performance at Indy, the starting command "Lady and Gentlemen Start Your Engines" was given together by both Mari Hulman George and Nabors, the first time a non-member of the Hulman-George family had given the command for the 500 since 1954.
- Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Alabama.
- Before he acted, he edited news footage for a local television station.
- A foundation that awards grants to teachers every year named a grant in honor of Jim Nabors in 2003. The foundation is based in Sylacauga, Alabama, his home town.
- In his entire career he has put out 46 albums.
- A smart businessman, Nabors was one of the owners of Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) which paid off in dividends as a popular syndicated show.
- He said that it has always been difficult for him to watch the opening of Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) because many of the Marines that he is seen marching with were killed in Vietnam.
- Is a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.
- Friend of Mary Hart, who helped get the word out that he needed a liver transplant.
- He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 6435 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
- Was only seen with his on-screen cousin George Lindsey on three occasions: The Andy Griffith Show: Fun Girls (1964), Gomer Pyle: USMC: A Visit from Cousin Goober (1965) and Return to Mayberry (1986).
- At age 82, he married 64-year-old Stan Cadwallader, a former firefighter and life partner of some 38 years, in a small ceremony on January 15 2013, at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle, where the couple traveled after same sex marriage became legal in Washington State the month before.
- Long-standing Hollywood gossip had Jim secretively marrying actor Rock Hudson back in the 1970s. While the two were never more than friends at this time, because of the fear that one or both of them might be "outed" and their careers destroyed, Nabors and Hudson never saw or spoke to each other again in order to help squelch the rumor.
- He lives in Hawaii on property that has a working macadamia nut farm. [April 2002]
- Jim married 64-year-old Stan Cadwallader in Seattle on Jan. 15. They have been partners for 38 years. [January 2013]
- He was friends with Andy Griffith, Frank Sutton, Ronnie Schell, and Carol Burnett.
- His ashes were sprinkled off Honolulu.
- In 1971, Jim Nabors was honored at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, LA, by accepting an invitation to be the King of The Bacchus Parade that same year. There are a broad range of recipients of this honor; for example: Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, Will Ferrell, James Gandolfini, Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Elijah Wood and Hulk Hogan, to name several.