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Gomer Pyle was a television character played by Jim Nabors and introduced in the middle of the third season of The Andy Griffith Show.wikipedia
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Gomer Pyle was a television character played by Jim Nabors and introduced in the middle of the third season of The Andy Griffith Show. Jim Nabors briefly reprised his role in Cannonball Run II, under the name Homer Lyle.
He was discovered by Andy Griffith while working at a Santa Monica nightclub, and he later joined The Andy Griffith Show as Gomer Pyle.

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

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In 1964, the character was spun off to Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., which ran until 1969. Gomer's Mayberry roots were evident in the spin-off series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., where his countrified, backward nature served as the mainstay for the show's humor, making him a comic foil to the hard-nosed drill instructor (later platoon sergeant) Gunnery Sergeant Vince Carter, played by Frank Sutton.
Filmed and set in California and North Carolina, it stars Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle, a naïve but good-natured gas station attendant from the town of Mayberry, North Carolina, who enlists in the United States Marine Corps.

The Andy Griffith Show

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Gomer Pyle was a television character played by Jim Nabors and introduced in the middle of the third season of The Andy Griffith Show.
Andy's friends and neighbors include, at various times, barber Floyd Lawson (Howard McNear – but played by Walter Baldwin in the 1960 episode "Stranger in Town"), service station attendants and cousins Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) and Goober Pyle (George Lindsey), and local drunkard Otis Campbell (Hal Smith).

Goober Pyle

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Like his cousin Goober, Gomer provided comic relief, awestruck by the simplest of things, resulting in the exclamation of his catchphrases, "Shazam!", "Golly", "Sur-prise, sur-prise, sur-prise!", and "shame, shame, shame!", as appropriate.
Lindsey first read for the part of Gomer Pyle, Goober's cousin, which went to actor-singer Jim Nabors.

Spin-off (media)

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Gomer's Mayberry roots were evident in the spin-off series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., where his countrified, backward nature served as the mainstay for the show's humor, making him a comic foil to the hard-nosed drill instructor (later platoon sergeant) Gunnery Sergeant Vince Carter, played by Frank Sutton.

Mayberry

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Gomer is a naive (merely due to his pure, uncorrupted, and non-degenerate mind), extremely moral auto mechanic turned United States Marine Corps PFC, from Mayberry, North Carolina.

Return to Mayberry

Gomer eventually returned, along with most of the original cast of The Andy Griffith Show, to the 1986 television movie Return to Mayberry.
Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors), having returned to civilian life following his stint in the Marines, shares filling-station duties with his cousin Goober (George Lindsey), and the pair are seen together for only the third time in the history of the franchise (after having previously only been shown together in the episode "Fun Girls" and an episode of Gomer Pyle, USMC).

Full Metal Jacket

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Among the recruits is the overweight and dim-witted Leonard Lawrence, whom Hartman nicknames "Gomer Pyle", as well as the wisecracking J.T. Davis, who receives the name "Joker" after interrupting Hartman's speech with an impression of John Wayne.

Frank Sutton

Gomer's Mayberry roots were evident in the spin-off series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., where his countrified, backward nature served as the mainstay for the show's humor, making him a comic foil to the hard-nosed drill instructor (later platoon sergeant) Gunnery Sergeant Vince Carter, played by Frank Sutton.
Having primarily acted in dramas, Sutton's breakthrough role was on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., a 1964 episode of The Andy Griffith Show, in which he played the cynical and easily exasperated Gunnery Sergeant Vince Carter opposite Jim Nabors' character Gomer Pyle.

Cannonball Run II

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Jim Nabors briefly reprised his role in Cannonball Run II, under the name Homer Lyle.

Roswell That Ends Well

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Much of Enos' character is taken from Gomer Pyle, such as his accent and use of Pyle's trademark "Go-oooly!", which was parodied as "Gadzooks!".

Opie Taylor

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When Opie is "almost 12" he runs away from Mayberry by boarding a jet airplane in Raleigh under false pretenses, and flies to California to see Gomer Pyle and join the Marines in a 1966 episode of ''Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C..

List of The Andy Griffith Show episodes

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Gomer Pyle was a television character played by Jim Nabors and introduced in the middle of the third season of The Andy Griffith Show.

Howard McNear

A naive 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.

Floyd Lawson

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A naive 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.

United States Marine Corps

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Gomer is a naive (merely due to his pure, uncorrupted, and non-degenerate mind), extremely moral auto mechanic turned United States Marine Corps PFC, from Mayberry, North Carolina.

North Carolina

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Gomer is a naive (merely due to his pure, uncorrupted, and non-degenerate mind), extremely moral auto mechanic turned United States Marine Corps PFC, from Mayberry, North Carolina.

Handkerchief

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Wide-eyed and slack jawed, he usually wore a service station uniform and a baseball cap with an upturned bill; a handkerchief dangled from his back pocket.

Auto mechanic

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He initially displayed scant knowledge of automotive mechanics: in "The Great Filling Station Robbery", for example, he thought a carburetor was a hood ornament.

Carburetor

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He initially displayed scant knowledge of automotive mechanics: in "The Great Filling Station Robbery", for example, he thought a carburetor was a hood ornament.

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He initially displayed scant knowledge of automotive mechanics: in "The Great Filling Station Robbery", for example, he thought a carburetor was a hood ornament.

Blowtorch

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In his first appearance, in an episode called "The Bank Job", Gomer is shown operating a blow torch to cut through a bank's vault.

Bank vault

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In his first appearance, in an episode called "The Bank Job", Gomer is shown operating a blow torch to cut through a bank's vault.

Barney Fife

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Gomer was sometimes deputized by Deputy Barney Fife, when Sheriff Taylor was otherwise occupied.