The Andy Griffith Show character
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First appearance 1962
Last appearance 1991
Portrayed by Jim Nabors
Gomer Pyle was a television character played by Jim Nabors and introduced in the middle of the third season of The Andy Griffith Show.
A simple-minded and gentle auto mechanic, he became a character when actor Howard McNear, who portrayed Floyd the Barber, took a respite from the show for health reasons. Nabors played Pyle for 23 episodes, from 1962 to 1964.
After two seasons on The Andy Griffith Show, McNear returned, and Griffith proposed a show based on the Gomer Pyle character. In 1964, the character was spun off to Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., which ran until 1969.