Born on this date: Jim Nabors

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Jim Nabors turns 83 today, June 12, 2013.

Nabors is well known for his role as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., and from his many variety show appearances in the 1960s and ’70s. He is also a talented singer and has recorded numerous albums and singles.

In January of this year, Nabors married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, in Seattle, after same-sex marriage became legal in Washington state.

Below, Nabors as Gomer Pyle sings “500 Miles” (a song that I know from a Peter, Paul, and Mary album). His lovely singing voice comes as quite a surprise if you are only familiar with his speaking voice in character as Gomer.

Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle sings “500 Miles” on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

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