"Gomer Pyle" actor Jim Nabors weds longtime male partner

Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:41pm EST
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By Eric M. Johnson

SEATTLE (Reuters) - American actor Jim Nabors, the star of 1960s television comedy "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," married his longtime male partner at a Seattle hotel this month.

Nabors, 82, also a singer, wed 64-year-old Stan Cadwallader, his partner of some 38 years, in a ceremony before a judge on January 15 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, where the couple traveled after same sex marriage became legal in Washington state last month.

"I was just trying to solidify all of our years together," Nabors told Reuters on Wednesday from Hawaii, where the two live. "When you find a good friend in this life, you hang on to him."

Nabors said the ceremony in his hotel room was "very touching" but laughed off any suggestion of feeling different afterward.

"Oh please, nothing's changed," Nabors said. "Most of the things you promise, we got through that 38 years ago."

Nabors, an Alabama native, played goofy gas-station attendant Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show" and in the spin-off "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," among many other television and musical appearances.

Nabors said he met Cadwallader, a former firefighter in Honolulu, in 1975, and Cadwallader eventually went to work for him.

Nabors said he was open with his colleagues and friends about his sexuality, but that his marriage was a private affair not intended as a public statement in the national debate over gay marriage.   Continued...