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July 19, 2018

Remember Gomer Pyle from 'Andy Griffith Show'?

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The 87-year-old retired actor and singer, Jim Nabors married his partner in 2013 when same-sex marriage became legal in Washington. They were together for nearly four decades before tying the knot.

The pair lived in Honolulu at the time and traveled to Seattle for their ceremony on January 15, 2013. Nabors' partner, Stan Cadwallader, is 23 years his junior.

The now-retired actor is most famously known for his character, Gomer Pyle, "an addlebrained gas station attendant." His first appearance as Pyle was on The Andy Griffith Show in 1962.

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Nabors said there was never any doubts about his sexuality; he knew since he was a child. Nevertheless, his privacy is very important to him, and he tried to keep personal details out of the public's eye.

He counts himself lucky that found somebody to share his life with. Nabors and Cadwallader have been together for 42 years and married for four years.

Cadwallader was a firefighter, and they met in the mid-seventies. After meeting Cadwallader, Nabors moved to Honolulu in 1976.

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Nabors told Daily Mail that he doesn't see himself as an activist for LGBTQ rights. He decided to steer clear of debates around his lifestyle and leaves the "fight for someone else."

Nabors also said he refused to make a "public spectacle" of his lifestyle choices, but that doesn't mean that he kept it a secret. His co-stars on The Andy Griffith Show, and other projects, always knew.

Nabors returned to his character, Gomer Pyle, numerous times throughout his career. His stint on The Andy Griffith Show lasted for 23 episodes, from 1962 until 1964.

In 1964, he was able to take Pyle to new heights with his spin-off show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. The show ran for five years and he appeared in 150 episodes.

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