Actor, comedian, and singer Jim Nabors had been in a public relationship with Stan Cadwallader, whom he married in January 2013, until his passing at 87 years of age.
Nabors, best known for portraying Gomer Pyle in The Andy Griffith Show, was born in Sylacauga, Alabama but moved with his family to Los Angeles because the Californian weather didn’t affect his chronic asthma that much.
According to Heavy, Andy Griffith ‘discovered’ him there and helped him start his acting career. In the 70’s, he used to go to Hawaii on vacations where he met Cadwallader, who used to work as a firefighter.
Soon after that, Nabors moved to Hawaii and began a relationship with Cadwallader. One of the most interesting aspects of them is that they never hid their romance.
It is important to point out that people in the 60’s and 70’s used to be very homophobic and knowing that he was gay would probably end his career.
Nabors didn’t look at it that way, though. He always said that he knew he was gay since he was a young child and he never tried to ‘make a huge secret’ of it. Being with a man was completely normal for him.
Even though he never hid his sexual orientation, he kept a low profile and always tried to attract little-to-no attention to his private life. Only a year after the same-sex marriage legislation was signed in Washington, the couple flew there and got married.
The ceremony took place at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, where their closest friends and family members got together to support them in their decision.
After that, they went back to their home in Hawaii where they lived happily and peacefully until Nabors’ passing, on November 30, 2017.
He was so successful in the entertainment industry that he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991, was inducted into the Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame in 2006, and was honored at A Night of American Heroes in 2007.