Here’s some GREAT news to totally make your day … Jim Nabors, the veteran actor most famous for his lead role on the 60′s TV series Gomer Pyle, USMC and his role on The Andy Griffith Show, got himself married at the age of 82 to his partner of 38 years Stan Cadwallader. Not only did I not know that Nabors was gay but I had no idea he was in a committed relationship for over 3 decades! In all honesty, I used to HATE reruns of Gomer Pyle because I always found Jim Nabors‘s voice horribly irritating … but I cannot even tell you how thrilled I am to learn that the man, forced to live in secret for most of his life, was finally able to marry the love of his life. This is really the best story of the day!
Jim Nabors, best known for playing Gomer Pyle in The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, USMC, is a newlywed at age 82. The actor married his longtime partner, Stan Cadwallader, 64, earlier this month, he told Hawaii News Now on Tuesday. The Honolulu-based couple, who have been together for 38 years, traveled to Washington — where gay marriage became legal in December — and were married at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. “We’ve been together for 38 years, and I’m not ashamed of people knowing, it’s just that it was such a personal thing, I didn’t tell anybody,” Nabors told the paper. “I’m very happy that I’ve had a partner of 38 years, and I feel very blessed. And, what can I tell you, I’m just very happy.” Nabors had never publicly acknowledged his homosexuality in the media but said he never really tried to keep it secret. “I haven’t ever made a public spectacle of it,” he said. “Well, I’ve known since I was a child, so, come on. It’s not that kind of a thing. I’ve never made a huge secret of it at all.” The couple met in 1975 when Cadwallader was a firefighter; he later worked for Nabors, and then they started dating.
OMG, Cadwallader was a fireman?! LOVE!
Nabors originated the role of Gomer Pyle — known for such catchphrases as “shazam,” “surprise, surprise, surprise” and “golly” — in the early ’60s on The Andy Griffith Show. After two seasons, the popular character was spun off into Gomer Pyle, USMC, which lasted five seasons. He reprised the role for the 1986 TV movie Return to Mayberry and for the early-90s series Hi Honey, I’m Home. Nabors also made frequent appearances on such shows as The Carol Burnett Show, The Sonny and Cher Show and The Love Boat and hosted his own series, The Jim Nabors Hour, in 1969-71. Nabors, who also is a singer known for his baritone voice, has recorded more than 25 albums and has performed in numerous musical theater productions.
Awww … I can’t even … 38 years together and they are now finally able to get married. I just do not understand how anyone could justify hate to keep this kind of love illegal. I wish nothing but the happiest of years together for good ol’ Jim and Stan. Let’s all send our love and congrats to the happy newlyweds today :D