HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
By: Victoria Cuba
Actor Jim Nabors received a big honor Wednesday at the Honolulu City Council.
Nabors, who turns 85 next week, was recognized for his decades of work in family entertainment.
In that time, Nabors acted in more than 300 films and television episodes, and has recorded a total of 46 albums.
He was most famous for his role on The Andy Griffith Show as Gomer Pyle, a simple-minded but kind mechanic from North Carolina. Gomer Pyle became so popular that a spin-off show was created for his character. Gomer Pyle, UMSC was created in 1964, and ran for a total of 150 episodes.
Nabors was also featured in his own host shows, such as The Jim Nabors Show and The Jim Nabors Hour.
Besides his acting career, Nabors is known for his rich baritone. His 1980 album The Heart Touching Magic of Jim Nabors reached platinum status after being recorded.
Nabors moved to Hawaii in 1976. In the islands, he continued his role in entertainment and immersed himself in the Hawaii community. He produced the Jim Nabors Polynesian Extravaganza at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
During his free time, he runs the macadamia nut and flower farm he bought in Hana, Maui.
He currently resides in Honolulu with Stan Cadwallader, his partner of 38 years.