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

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Nabors had been suffering from poor health for some time.

As Gomer Pyle, the earnest, simple-minded gas station attendant who became a U.S. Marine, Jim Nabors, who died at 87 on Thursday in Hawaii, played one of the most popular characters on U.S. television in the 1960s. He underwent a series of tests on Wednesday, but the decision was made to bring him home from the hospital.

Nabors soon landed a guest shot on Griffith's sitcom as Gomer Pyle.

It's a measure of Nabors' skill in inhabiting the anything-but-militaristic Gomer that this character was widely beloved, and the show a Top 10 hit, during an era when the Vietnam War was dividing America. By then, he had proved he was also a kindred spirit with millions of viewers. Through it all, he remained pure of heart, sunny of disposition and simple of mind.

After the end of his variety show, Nabors continued earning high salaries in Las Vegas showrooms and in concert theaters across the country.

Nabors was so strongly identified as Gomer that it limited the roles he was offered.

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Nabors was best known for playing Gomer Pyle on"The Andy Griffith Show

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 married Cadwallader in January 2013.

He says Hawaii is fortunate Nabors chose to make the state his home and contributed to the community in many ways. The couple had been together for decades before their marriage. "And at my age, it's probably the best thing to do".

Nabors was born in Sylacauga, Ala., and attended the University of Alabama. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a business degree, he moved to NY and took a job as a typist at the United Nations.

Another film editing job took him to Los Angeles, where he spent off-hours performing at the cabaret where Griffith spotted him.

Rolling Stone added that Nabors lived in Hawaii for several years, where he had a macadamia nut farm.

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