For anyone who grew up in the 60s, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. was a hit. The show followed Pyle, played by Jim Nabors, a bumbling marine as he constantly broke the rules and got himself into trouble. The show was "far simpler than any corporate suburban sitcoms with their lessons in compromise and role-following [...] It said merely that the oldest, most basic, least sophisticated sort of sweetness could redeem even the toughest modern types."
Jim Nabors had a long career, first shooting to fame as the wacky sheriff on The Andy Griffith Show, also named Gomer Pyle. He was discovered by Griffith himself while worked at a nightclub in Santa Monica.
Nabors also made appearances on The Carol Burnett Show and other programs throughout the 60s and 70s. In addition to acting, Nabors recorded 28 albums. Five of his albums went gold, while another one went platinum.
Nabors was known for his light-hearted work, but that's not to say his life was exempt from controversy.