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Jim Nabors Biography

Birth Name:
James Thurston Nabors
Birth Place:
Sylacauga, Alabama, United States
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • First acting opportunity was in a skit show for his college fraternity
  • After graduation, moved to New York and was a typist at the United Nations
  • Moved to California on medical advice due to his asthma
  • There he got a job as a film cutter for NBC and picked up extra work as a singer in a cabaret theater
  • Cabaret performance was seen by Andy Griffith, who asked him to audition for a guest spot on The Andy Griffith Show
  • The role was originally intended to be for one episode, but the popularity of the character led to a recurring spot on the show
  • Hosted the variety program The Jim Nabors Show from 1969 to '72
  • Earned five gold albums and one platinum album as a singer, with more than 25 albums recorded
  • Owned a macadamia-nut farm in Hawaii
  • Sang the traditional song "Back Home Again in Indiana" as part of the opening ceremonies for the Indianapolis 500 more than 30 times


  • 1970Golden Globe-Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated


  • Fred Nabors -- Father
  • Stan Cadwallader -- Husband
  • Mavis Nabors -- Mother