On this day in Alabama history: Jim Nabors was born in Sylacauga

On this day in Alabama history: Jim Nabors was born in Sylacauga
Promotional studio portrait of American actor and singer Jim Nabors, c. 1965. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

June 12, 1933

Actor and singer Jim Nabors was born in Sylacauga on June 12, 1933. Nabors began acting while a student at the University of Alabama, and is best known for his Gomer Pyle character, who appeared on “The Andy Griffith Show” from 1960 to 1964, and later on his own series, “Gomer Pyle, USMC.” Nabors also appeared in several feature films but focused on music and investments in, among other things, a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii, where he moved in 1976. He died at his Hawaii home Nov. 30, 2017.

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