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‘Gomer Pyle’ star Jim Nabors marries longtime male partner

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Jim Nabors

HONOLULU – The actor best known for starring as the lead role in the 1960s TV sitcom “Gomer Pyle, USMC” married his longtime male partner early this month.

Hawaii News Now reported that 82-year-old Hawaii resident Jim Nabors married Stan Cadwallader, 64, his companion of 38 years.

The two reportedly wed in Seattle on Jan. 15. Gay marriage became legal in Washington state in early December 2012.

“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 told Hawaii News Now. “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 a judge performed the marriage ceremony in the privacy of their hotel room with a couple of friends as witnesses. 

Nabors’ character of Gomer Pyle was a sweet but not-too-smart Marine from Mayberry, North Carolina stationed at Camp Henderson near Los Angeles in the 1960s.

Read more: Hawaii News Now.