He began playing the Gomer Pyle character on the Andy Griffith Show, and later got his own successful spinoff series titled Gomer Pyle, USMC. JIM NABORS has died at the age of 87. The Alabama native was also a prolific singer with many best-selling albums. After his reign as Gomer, Nabors also had a successful TV variety series called The Jim Nabors Hour. He was also Carol Burnett's "good luck" guest and appeared on each premiere episode of her long-running series for eleven consecutive years. Click below to get a view of the first episode of Gomer Pyle, USMC, beginning with his visit to the barber's chair.