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

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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