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

By Rebeka Knott
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.