Who is Jim Nabors and what is his net worth 2018? Jim Nabors is a retired American actor who has acted and appeared in various TV shows, drams and films. He is also a singer, performer and comedian. He is well known for playing Gomer Pyle first on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and later the CBS spin-off ‘Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.’ He was discovered by Andy Griffith while working at a Santa Monica club, ‘The Horn’.
He is an amazing singer who has recorded numerous albums and singles, most of them are romantic ballads. For more than 30 years, Nabors sang ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’ with the ‘Purdue All-American Marching Band’ before each Indianapolis 500.
James Thurston Nabors commonly known as Jim Nabors was born on June 12, 1930, in Sylacauga, Alabama, U.S. He was born to parents Fred Nabors, a police officer and Mavis Pearl Newman Nabors, a homemaker. He also has two sisters. His childhood was framed by a rural Alabama life. When he was young, he suffered from intense asthma which stopped him from playing school sports.
Nabors was engaged to music in early age. He mastered various musical instruments and developed a good voice for singing. In 1947, after completing his high school he went to the University of Alabama, where he got a degree in business administration. It was there that he started performing, his first performance was in a skit show as a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
After college, he moved to New York City, and there he did the job of a typist for the United Nations. A year later, he decided to move to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he worked as a film cutter. He also worked as a film cutter for NBC in Los Angeles.
In the late 1970s, Nabors made Hawaii his permanent home. During these days, he spends his most of time on supervising his 500-acre Maui ranch and his macadamia trees. He revealed his secret that he is a gay and he married his partner of 38 years, 64-year-old Stan Cadwallader on January 15, 2013.
Jim Nabors was spotted by Andy Griffith while performing at ‘The Horn’ nightclub in Santa Monica. Andy Griffith was influenced with Nabors’s performance and he invited him to give a try for his popular television series, ‘The Andy Griffith Show’. Nabors became so popular that he was made regular on that show and later given his own show ‘Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C’ which became a huge popular show.
As a singer, he sang and recorded more than 30 albums successfully. Most of the songs were romantic, he also sang pop, gospel and country songs. He acts as host at many variety shows like ‘The Jim Nabors Hour’ and ‘The Jim Nabors Show’. He has arrived in various TV shows including children’s television programs like ‘Krofft Supershow’, ‘Buford and the Galloping Ghost’.
He has worked in various movies which includes several projects with his friend Burt Reynolds, including roles in ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ (1982), ‘Stroker Ace’ (1983), ‘Cannonball 2’ (1984). He was considered “good luck charm” by Carol Burnett and he was a guest star on each season’s premiere of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’. Nabors continued to arrive on many talk shows.
In 1991, he was given a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. He was also praised as the Fellow of the Pacific Award by the Hawaii Pacific University. U.S. Highway 280 was named ‘Jim Nabors Highway’ to give him a tribute.
Jim Nabors Net Worth
Jim Nabors has been known to perform various roles in his films, television series and shows, and as a singer he has sang many hits which turned out into a huge success for him. His explosive success made him to earn lot of money. Jim Nabors’s net worth is an estimated $16 million.
He became famous by doing his popular television series ‘Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C’. He has also done films like ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ (1982), ‘Stroker Ace’ (1983), ‘Cannonball 2’ (1984) which helps him to earn a lot. On TV, Nabors became a frequent singing/comedy guest performer on all top variety and late night shows and from there he has earned a lot. He also hosted his own various variety shows which adds to his wealth.
He also appeared and acted in different TV shows as a guest performer and earned huge success. As a singer, he has given live performances in many places and has put out total 46 albums in his career, most of them became major hits and helped him to get success. In 1968, his album ‘The Impossible Dream’ hit the charts in Australia which made him a big celebrity as an artist.
In the early 1970s, a longstanding rumour was running that Nabors married Rock Hudson. The rumour was originated with a group of homosexuals who sent joke invitations for their annual get together. The rumour was spread by bunch of people who failed to get the joke. But in real aspect, the two were not more than the friends at that time and Hudson also never pretended to be gay in public. This happens shortly before Nabors began his relationship with Stan Cadwallader.