Jim Nabors, Gomer Pyle on 'Andy Griffith Show,' dies at 87

Jim Nabors dies at age 87

Jim Nabors dies at age 87

Nabors with his signature "gollee" and "shazam" exclamations and never-flagging enthusiasm, put a subtly sophisticated face on the country-bumpkin stereotype.

Jim Nabors, who is fondly remembered as wholesome Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show" and spin-off "Gomer Pyle, USMC", died today in Hawaii at the age of 87.

James Thurston Nabors was born in Sylacauga, Alabama, in 1930.

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Nabors edited film for NBC during the day and sang at The Horn, night club on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica at night.

Nabors even became a Indianapolis 500 tradition with his rendition of "Back Home Again in Indiana" performed during the race's opening ceremonies.

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". Gomer joined the U.S. Marines in the season 4 finale.

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Of course, Jim Nabors was known for more than simply his beloved role as Gomer Pyle.

Nabors also appeared in movies such as "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", with Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton and had a long singing career.

Nabors died in Honolulu early Thursday, "after battling health issues for some time", Arnone told KHNL-KGMB.

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In his personal life, Nabors was with his partner, Stan Cadwallader, for almost 40 years before they Wednesday in 2013.

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