James Thurston "Jim" Nabors was born in Sylacauga, Alabama,
where he sang for his high school and church. He attended the
University of Alabama, where he began acting in skits. After
graduating, he moved to New York, where he worked as a
typist for the United Nations; after a year, he moved to
Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he got his first job in
the television industry as a film cutter.
The TV show aired on CBS from September 25, 1964, to May 2, 1969.