Burt Reynolds Remembers Jim Nabors

Burt Reynolds Remembers Jim Nabors. (CINEPLEX)

As fans across the nation mourn the passing of actor Jim Nabors, one of his beloved co-stars and Palm Beach County native Burt Reynolds is also remembering the late actor.

"I am deeply saddened to hear of Jim Nabors' passing. He was a great friend. We did several movies together.” Reynolds said in a statement released to CBS12 News.

While Nabors was mostly known for his role as Gomer Pyle, the lovable Marine in the CBS comedy “The Andy Griffith Show” that lasted several seasons in the 1960’s, he was also known for his roles on the big screen with his friend, Burt Reynolds in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,”Stroker Ace” and “Cannonball Run II.”

Later in his career, Nabors decided to take his talents to the stage, and he did that at the former Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater in Jupiter in 1982.

“His stage debut in “The Music Man” at my Dinner Theatre had a tremendous response and it was basically Jim being Jim. “ said Reynolds. “He had a big voice and a bigger zest for life – I loved him and so did millions of others.”

Nabors died Thursday in his Hawaii home. The coroner has not released Nabors’ cause of death, but his husband said it appears to be from natural causes following a year of declining health. Nabors was 87 years old.

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