As Gomer Pyle, Jim Nabors Was A Hayseed With A Heart Of Gold

By | December 1, 2017

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Left: Jim Nabors wearing a military uniform and cuddling a poodle, from his television series, 'Gomer Pyle, USMC,' circa 1964. Right: Nabors and Flip Wilson on Wilson's variety show. Sources: Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images; IMDB

On the TV show Gomer Pyle, USMC, Private First Class Gomer Pyle was portrayed by the talented Jim Nabors. His character was nothing more than a regular guy who hailed from Mayberry, North Carolina. He was a good-natured, down-home country boy with little education, working with his cousin, Goober, at a filling station. American audiences were first introduced to the lovable Gomer Pyle through the The Andy Griffith Show.

'Shazam!' And 'Surprise, Surprise, Surprise'

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Gomer And Goober

Gomer was well known for his catchphrases, including, "Shazam!," "Gawwww-leeee," and "Shame, shame, shame!" By the late 1960s, both The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, USMC had come to an end. Mayberry RFD picked up where The Andy Griffith Show left off but sadly, Gomer Pyle was not included.