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Jim Nabors’ Gay Wedding To Rock Hudson — The Inside Story

Closeted stars caught in showbiz buzz!

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While Jim Nabors was playing lovable Gomer Pyle on two hit shows, he was also covering up his secret life as a gay man — before being dragged out of the closet over a prank!

Jim was still enjoying his stardom from “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Gomer Pyle, USMC” when the rumors began that Jim was going to marry another closeted star — movie leading man Rock Hudson.


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The talk began when a gay couple who hosted a yearly party sent out their invitations, and mocked the celluloid closet by mocking up a fake wedding announcement for the two closeted stars!

The invite even had the punch line that Rock would change his last name to that of Jim’s famous TV character — making him Rock Pyle!

“Despite our denials,” Rock later complained, “some people are going to believe what they want to believe!”

Literary giant Armistead Maupin mourned the gossip, though, saying: “Rock and Nabors were just good friends, but the rumor made it impossible for them to be seen together!”


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Jim would join closeted celebrities like Richard Chamberlain in moving to Hawaii for privacy — but later proudly came out as gay.

He spoke exclusively to The ENQUIRER when he wed longtime lover Stan Cadwallader in 2013. “We’ve been together for 38 years, and I’m not ashamed of people knowing,” said Jim. “It’s just that it was such a personal thing!”

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