Surprise, surprise, surprise! Gomer Pyle finally got married at age 82–or at least his alter-ego, Jim Nabors, did.
In a stereotype-breaking scenario, Nabors and his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, flew to Washington shortly after same-sex marriage was legalized there and tied the knot. The fact that their relationship is a show-business one, that it has spanned almost four decades, that they married as soon as it was possible, and that Mr. Cadwallader is a former Honolulu firefighter all defy typical preconceptions of such a longtime union.
In case anyone missed the perpetual reruns, actor Jim Nabors achieved fame as the guileless, irrepressibly cheerful gas station attendant, Gomer Pyle, on “The Andy Griffith Show” in the 60s, then carried on with the role for five seasons in “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” Afterward, he became a favorite on variety shows such as “The Carol Burnett Show” and performed in musical theater, due to his full, baritone singing voice.