Stan Cadwallader, a retired American fireman, caught public attention after his relationship with actor-singer Jim Nabors (1930-2017) was revealed.
Jim Nabors, best known for his part in "The Andy Griffith Show," was able to maintain his tremendous popularity among the public through a variety of other thrilling endeavors.
Stan has saved many lives over his decades-long career as a firefighter.
He made headlines for his same-sex relationship with Jim Nabors.
When the law allowing same-sex marriage was approved in Washington, they married on January 15, 2013. Their love story and tribulations inspired people from all backgrounds to come forward and welcome same-sex marriage.
Do you want to learn more about Stan Cadwallader? Find out more in this article.
Stan Cadwallader was born on January 28, 1948 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Stan is his nickname and his astrological sign is Aquarius.
There is no information accessible online concerning his parents. He also hasn't spoken anything about his siblings.
It's believed that Stan's an only child, raised by his father, a firefighter, and his mother, a housewife.
He has successfully kept his childhood years under a veil of secrecy up to the present day.
As a result, no reliable information about his childhood is available, including the names of his parents, his education, and whether he has any siblings or not.
Hopefully, such information will become available in the near future.
Stan and Jim were both avid travelers, and, for years, the two men traveled all over the world. Stan's dream travel destination is Kyoto, Japan.
Stan enjoys watching comedy films and stand-up performances.
He said that it was Jim who influenced him to see them. After all, Jim was a comedian.
Stan's favorite performers and actresses include Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, and Tina Fey. His favorite movies include the "Shrek" franchise, "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," and "Mean Girls."
Stan was greatly into sports when he was younger. He used to play football and soccer.
He also went to the gym many times a week, which was also required for his profession as a fireman.
He stopped playing football and soccer as he grew older and began playing chess and golf.
He is also believed to be exceptionally brilliant at billiards and poker.
Stan is a philanthropist, who has given generously to charity over the years.
During his younger years, he got a fantastic physique, which he attributed to being a fireman. He claimed to be one of the fittest people in the camp when he was younger.
His eyes are vivid blue and has retained the mystique of his youth.
Stan Cadwallader and Jim Nabors standing in a balcony, with the beach at their back
Stan Cadwallader and Jim Nabors initially met in 1975, while Jim was on holiday in Hawaii.
They gradually became business partners after Stan resigned from the fire service.
Soon after, they started dating but kept their relationship private.
They made their first public appearance in 1978 when Jim sang "Back Home Again in Indiana" at the opening of the Indianapolis 500.
They were unable to get married since same-sex marriage was not allowed in the U.S. during those times.
However, the U.S. government announced in December 2013 that same-sex marriage was now legal in Washington.
Finally, after nearly 38 years of dating, they married on January 13, 2013, barely one month after the government's declaration.
They exchanged their wedding vows at Seattle's Fairmont Olympic Hotel.
They kept their wedding quiet, and only a few people, mostly close friends, were invited.
They do not have any children after their marriage.
Their marriage lasted only four years because Jim died on November 30, 2017.
Jim Nabors in striped long sleeve shirt and cap standing at the balcony of his beach house
James Thurston 'Jim' Nabors was born on June 12, 1930, in Sylacauga, Alabama.
His birth sign was Gemini, and he was an American citizen.
Jim was a comedian, singer, and actor best known for his role as a gas station attendant in "The Andy Griffith Show."
He grew up in Sylacauga together with his two elder sisters, Annie and Ruth, and brother, Freddie.
Their father, Fred, was a police officer, and their mother, Mavis Pearl Newman, a homemaker.
When Jim was a teenager, he performed in high school and at the church.
He went to University of Alabama, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. He graduated in1952.
He subsequently relocated to New York City and began working as a typist at the United Nations.
After his U.N. stint, he went to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to begin a showbiz career.
He later joined the NBC network in Los Angeles, where he worked as a film cutter.
He also had a job at The Horn, a Santa Monica restaurant, and played in Cabaret Theater.
Andy Griffith noticed him while he was working at The Horn, and he was cast as Gomer Pyle in the 13th episode "The Andy Griffith Show" during its third season.
Despite being cast in only one episode, Jim went on to become a regular due to the popularity of his character. He later began playing in the show's spin-off "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C."
He was a member of the main cast for five years before deciding to do something else.
He began his singing career on February 24, 1964, when he sang on "The Andy Griffith Show," which led to a singing performaqnce on "The Danny Kaye Show" on April 8, 1964.
He sang in various shows over the next few years, culminating with his singing the national anthem before the first game of the 1973 Baseball World Series in Oakland.
Jim starred in only four films during his entire career:
- "Take Her, She's Mine" (1963)
- "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982)
- "Stroker Ace" (1983)
- "Cannonball Run II" (1984)
But, he was featured in numerous TV shows, the most noteworthy of which was hosting his own show, "The Jim Nabors Hour" (1969-1977).
His next significant part was in "The Lost Saucer" (1976).
He also appeared in an episode of "The Muppet Show" and in six episodes of "The Sonny & Cher Show."
Some of his last appearances were in “Sylvan in Paradise” (1986), “Hi Honey, I'm Home!” (1991), and “The Carol Burnett Show” (1991).
Jim Nabors was diagnosed with Hepatitis B in the 1990s.
It made a significant impact on his health over the years.
In fact, he needed a liver transplant in 1994 because of this disease.
In 2012, he had an open-heart surgery.
Eventually, his health began to decline rapidly over the next three years.
He died on December 30, 2017, at the age of 87.
Stan Cadwallader always wanted to be a fireman since he was a child.
He used to accompany his father at the fire station.
So, at the age of 20, he began working as a fireman in his hometown.
Even after meeting Jim Nabors, he continued to work as a fireman until his retirement.
After getting married, they become business partners, too.
According to several estimates, the typical wage of a fireman is from $31,000 and $63,500, plus extra benefits.
Stan had a net worth of $1 million at the time of his retirement.
As for his late husband, Jim Nabors was worth $15 million at the time of his death.
Following Jim's death, his assets and money were most likely entrusted to Stan.
Stan Cadwallader in Panama hat and blue T-shirt and Jim Nabors in white cap and striped long sleeve shirt
- Stan started a gay relationship with Jim in 1975. They were together for nearly four decades.
- He doesn't have a social media account.
- He is 74 as of this writing.
- He is 6 feet, 3 inches tall (190 cm.) and weighs approximately 176 pounds (80 kilograms).
- He owns a property in Honolulu.