Gomer Pyle Star Marries Male Partner

Better late than never for 82-year-old Jim Nabors

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 30, 2013 2:40 AM CST

(Newser) – Jim Nabors, star of 1960s sitcom Gomer Pyle, USMC, has married his longtime male partner in Washington state. "I'm 82 and he's in his 60s and so we've been together for 38 years and I'm not ashamed of people knowing," Nabors tells Hawaii News Now. "I'm very happy that I've had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed. And, what can I tell you, I'm just very happy." Nabors and his partner, who live in Hawaii, traveled to Seattle for the ceremony. He says friends and colleagues knew about his sexuality during his years in Hollywood, but he has never acknowledged it to the media until now.

Jim Nabors sings the national anthem during the the 69th anniversary ceremony marking the attack on Pearl Harbor, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010.   (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
Jim Nabors is seen in character for his role of Gomer Pyle in this 1966 photo.   (AP Photo)
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