Television actor Jim Nabors married his male life partner Stan Cadwallader in Seattle on January 15. MSN reported on Wednesday, Jan. 30 that Nabors, 82, and his life long partner Stan Cadwallader, 64, traveled from their home in Honolulu to Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel for their marriage ceremony.
Jim Nabors says you’ve got to solidify something when you’ve been together as long as they have.
Jim and Stan first met in 1975 when Cadwallader was working as a Honolulu firefighter.
When speaking of his sexual orientation, Nabors claims that he’s been open about his homosexuality to co-workers and friends, but never acknowledged it to the media before.
Jim Nabors is best known for his classic television roles as Gomer Pyle which he first portrayed on “The Andy Griffith Show.” Nabors stated that he was discovered by Andy Griffith, and later joined “The Andy Griffith Show” playing Gomer Pyle, a gas station attendant whom some described as dim-witted, though Nabors himself said that the Gomer character was not so much dim-witted as just wanting to see the good in people. The character of Gomer Pyle became so popular, that Jim Nabors was given his own spin-off show, “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”
Jim Nabors has been a part of pop culture urban legends since the early 1970s after an urban legend was started that maintains that Jim Nabors married Rock Hudson in the 1970s. In fact, according to Wikipedia, the two were never more than friends.
According to Rock Hudson, the legend originated with a group of “middle-aged homosexuals who live in Huntington Beach” who sent out joke invitations for their annual get-together. One year, the group invited its members to witness “the marriage of Rock Hudson and Jim Nabors,” at which Hudson would take the surname of Nabors’ most famous character, Gomer Pyle, becoming “Rock Pyle.” Those who failed to get the joke spread the rumor. At the time Nabors was dating his boyfriend, Stan, whom he eventually married; Hudson was also gay but closeted, and because of the fear that one or both of them might be outed, Nabors and Hudson never spoke to each other again.
Jim Nabors has made the move in 1976, from Bel Air, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii. For 25 years, he owned a macadamia plantation on Maui before selling it to the National Tropical Botanical Garden, a conservationist organization, though he still retains farming rights to the land and owns a second home on the property.
Congratulations to Jim Nabors on his recent marriage.
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