Jim Nabors Dead at 87: All the Times the Comic Actor Appeared on ‘TV Guide Magazine’ Covers

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Jim Nabors, the actor who was known best for his role as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and its spinoff series, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., passed away on Thursday in his home in Hawaii. He was 87 years old.

Nabors’ husband, Stan Cadwallader, told The Associated Press, “Everybody knows he was a wonderful man. And that’s all we can say about him. He’s going to be dearly missed.” They marred in 2013 in Washington state when gay marriage was made legal.

Andy Griffith Show - Jim Nabors

The Andy Griffith Show (CBS) 1960-1968
Shown: Jim Nabors (as Gomer Pyle), Andy Griffith (as Sheriff Andy Taylor), Frances Bavier (as Aunt Bee Taylor), Ron Howard (as Opie Taylor)

In 1994, Nabors underwent a liver transplant after contracting hepatitis B, and his health was declining this past year, according to Cadwallader.

Besides The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C (which lasted five seasons) Nabors was also a successful singer and recorded numerous albums, as well as performed with the Dallas and St. Louis symphony orchestras.