Actor and Singer Jim Nabors

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 22, 2007

Q A little information on Jim Nabors, please. In my opinion, he's the only person on this planet who ever sang the national anthem correctly!
—Marcy D. Hagel, Sioux City, Iowa

The beloved TV star—and singer—lives in Honolulu and operates a macadamia nut farm on the neighboring island of Maui. Born and raised in Sylacauga, Ala., Nabors, now 77, began singing in his high school glee club and church choir. He moved to Los Angeles as a young man, where actor Bill Dana took notice of his unique performance—a combination of hayseed monologues and operatic arias—at a local cabaret and invited him to audition in 1961 for comedian Steve Allen's network variety series. Nabors became a regular for a season, and was selected the following year by Andy Griffith for the role of Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show. The rest, as they say, is TV history.