Save for occasional absences due to health or other conflicts, Nabors was born to Mavis and Fred Nabors in Sylacauga, Alabama, where he sang for his high school and church, and he has two sisters.
He attended the University of Alabama, where he began acting in skits. Navy relief show, accompanied by the Marine Corps Band.
For 25 years, he owned a macadamia plantation on Maui before selling it to the National Tropical Botanical Garden, a conservationist organization, though he still retains farming rights to the land and owns a second home on the property.
Born and raised in Sylacauga, Alabama, Nabors moved to southern California because of his asthma.
While working at a Santa Monica nightclub, The Horn, he was discovered by Andy Griffith and later joined The Andy Griffith Show, playing Gomer Pyle. Though known for his portrayal of Gomer Pyle, Nabors became a popular guest on variety shows in the 1960s and 1970s (including two specials of his own in 19), which showcased his rich baritone voice, and sometimes his higher-pitched voice.
The production, featuring local and national artists, ran for 40 performances and was directed by Tom Hansen until Hansen's death in 2006.
The final performance run was directed by John Rampage and dedicated to Hansen.