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Surprise, surprise, surprise: Actor Jim Nabors marries longtime partner

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

HONOLULU — Actor and singer Jim Nabors, best known for his starring role in the 1960s television sitcom “Gomer Pyle, USMC,” married his longtime partner Stan Cadwallader earlier this month.

Nabors told Hawaii News Now on Tuesday that he married Cadwallader, his companion of 38 years, in Seattle on Jan. 15.

This is the first time Nabors has publicly acknowledged his sexual orientation after living quietly with Cadwallader in Hawaii for decades:

“I’m 82 and he’s in his 60s and so 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 said. “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 said he and Cadwallader traveled to Washington state, where same-sex marriages became legal in early December 2012. They were married at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.

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37 more reader comments:

  1. Congrats to both of you!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:39pm
  2. Congratulations, newlyweds! <3

    Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:40pm
  3. Congrats! Happy to see he is opening up and honestly loving his partner. Also,they both deserve,after 38 years,to legally be responsible for oneanother now.Bravo!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:40pm
  4. Well goooolllllllleeeee!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:41pm
  5. cool

    Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:41pm
  6. Congratulations!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:43pm
  7. Congratulations:)))

    Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:43pm
  8. … congratulations Mr. Nabors!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:43pm
  9. wow… who’da thunk ?! awesome. congrats gentlemen!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:44pm
  10. While I am very happy for the newlyweds, some of the comments made by Mr. Nabors just show how times are changing. “I’m not ashamed of people knowing, it’s just that it was such a personal thing, I didn’t tell anybody…” Honestly, that statement contradicts itself…The reason you did not tell anybody is because you were ashamed at some level. Thank goodness, the younger generations really don’t care what sexual orientation someone happens to be. And that is the way it should be. After all, why should anyone other than my husband care what my sexual orientation is?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:47pm
  11. Congrats Gomer!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:48pm
  12. It’s about time…. Congrats!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:50pm
  13. I’m proud of him.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12:08am
  14. Kewlness!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12:17am
  15. Congratulations!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12:24am
  16. It is a shame he won’t help fight for marriage equality in his home state of Hawaii

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12:32am
  17. I think he just did ;-{P}

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12:35am
  18. About time and wish them well.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12:38am
  19. I can’t wait to tell my mom. She’ll be so mad. Lol

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 1:11am
  20. Well good for him! After all these years, Congrats to the both of you guys!!! Mahalo!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 1:13am
  21. Congrats to he and his partner! I grew up hearing him sing “Back Home Again in Indiana” before the Indy 500 year after year. I hope he’s back this year, and brings his husband!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 1:30am
  22. i already posted a link about it. it’s just too sweet for words!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 1:57am
  23. it’s about time! Congrats to them both.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:33am
  24. I’be known for years Jim Neighbors was gay!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 3:18am
  25. Congrats

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:14am
  26. G-ahhhhhh – ly!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:17am
  27. I knew it!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:53am
  28. I knew it!!! Good for them!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 5:45am
  29. She ZAM!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 6:58am
  30. Congrats to them!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 7:20am
  31. CONGRADS!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 7:46am
  32. Congrats to the both of you too!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:35am
  33. Good for Gomer!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 9:10am
  34. Yeah…Surprise! LOL Congratulations Jim Nabors

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 9:23am
  35. 38 year, congrads to the both of you!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 9:28am
  36. Congrats to Jim and his husband!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 1:38pm
  37. Gratz :)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 1:52pm