In what may be one of the biggest sexual orientation "Surprise, surprise" surprises in recent years, actor Jim Nabors, best known for playing a happy-go-lucky mechanic turned Marine on both The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. surprised many of his fans by coming out as a homosexual when he married his partner of 38 years. The private wedding took place in a hotel room in Washington state, one of several states with legalized gay marriage, earlier this month.
According to TV Guide, Nabors reflected on this ceremony as “no big deal” because both he and his husband formally committed to each other in the 1970s when they started dating. The wedding was merely a continuation of that lifelong journey for the actor and singer, now 82, and his partner, who is “in his 60s.”
Nabors and his husband make their home in Hawaii, which is also the place they met back in 1975. This was after Nabor's role as the most golly-ready member of the United States Marine Corps ended in 1969. At the time his partner was an active fireman in Honolulu.
In addition to his roles on television, Jim Nabors enjoyed a successful recording career that featured him singing stirring renditions of both standards and many popular Christian hymns. His singing voice was highlighted several times on both The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.