Crowd gathers in Honolulu to celebrate Jim Nabors’ birthday

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Jim Nabors attends the 2014 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

HONOLULU — A celebration of actor Jim Nabors’ 85th birthday and 40th anniversary brought nearly 300 people to his Honolulu lawn.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that messages rolled in from across for the man who portrayed Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show.” Friday marked not only his birthday but the start of his 40th year with his now-husband, Stan Cadwallader.

Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, Jr., commanding general of the United States Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, delivered congratulations from President Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, Gov. David Ige said he represented the people of Hawaii when he designated June 12 “Jim Nabors’ Day.”

Nabors, who also starred in the spinoff sitcom, “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” is known as an ardent supporter of the U.S. Marine Corps. He is one only a handful of people to earn the official status of “Honorary Marine.”