Today, sad news was released by TMZ saying that Jim Nabors, the man best known for playing Gomer Pyle has passed away. Jim Nabors was a famed and much lauded actor, however he never made quite that much money given the appearances he had in television and in the entertainment industry.
So what is Jim Nabors net worth in 2018? What are Jim Nabors’s salary/earnings? Read on…
Nabors got his start in acting when he was in high school, doing skits and singing locally for his high school and his college. He started working in small jobs before he got a job as a film cutter in the entertainment industry.
As a side job he continued singing in doing skits at local theaters. After several years, he was discovered by another star comedian, who invited him to do a guest appearance on a TV show.
Nabors started working with Andy Griffith and got selected for the role of Gomer Pyle. The role was supposed to be a walk on appearance, but it ended up being a long-term recurring role because of the attention he got.
Gomer Pyle continued to be popular for many years, and he eventually got his own spinoff called Gomer Pyle USMC. Later, Nabors had his own talk show and started appearing in other shows.
Over the 70s and 80s, Nabors appeared in many different TV shows and films in a variety of different roles. In fact, he appeared in several dozen different shows and films, and he voiced cartoons such as Recess, and the Muppet show.
Nabors eventually became sick and was unable to continue working. He had a liver transplant, and he developed a hepatitis B.
Even though Jim Nabors was a megastar of his time, he made nowhere near as much money as sitcom starts today. You can often find actors today such as the stars of The Big Bang Theory making $1 million or more per episode. Even the lower paid stars, such as those from the Goldbergs make nearly $50,000.
Nevertheless, Nabors never made anywhere near that during his career. In fact, in the 1950s and 60s, even the biggest film actors made only a few hundred thousand dollars.
Residuals from old television shows can be lucrative, but not quite as lucrative as you would think. For example, the Friends stars earned in the millions for the reruns of their show. However, other actors can make a dollar or less for residuals.
The calculation of how much somebody like Jim Nabors would make in residuals is complicated, based on a Screen Actors Guild formula. It’s based on something called the minimum rate, of which the actor gets a certain percentage for every rerun, topping out at a certain number. By now, he’s likely earning $1 or less per rerun of The Andy Griffith Show.
In total, we estimate Jim Nabors net worth at $10 to $15 million. Much of that money came from royalties from shows like the Andy Griffith show, although he made a significant amount of money from continuing to do voiceovers and small appearances in television and films.
His estate will likely go to his spouse Stan Cadwallader.