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George Nader, circa 1959–60
October 19, 1921|
Pasadena, California, United States
|Died||February 4, 2002
Woodland Hills, California, United States
|Other names||George Nadar|
George Nader (October 19, 1921 – February 4, 2002) was an American film and television actor. He appeared in a variety of films from 1950 through 1974, including Phone Call from a Stranger (1952), Congo Crossing (1956), and The Female Animal (1958). During this period, he also did episodic television and starred in several series, including the unique NBC adventure offering, The Man and the Challenge (1959–60). However, his best-remembered role may have been as "Roy", the hero who saves the world from the clutches of "Ro-man" in the low-budget 3-D sci-fi film Robot Monster (1953).
Stage, film and television work
Nader was born in Pasadena, California, the son of Alice (née Scott), who was from Kansas, and George G. Nader, who was from Illinois. During World War II he served in the US Navy as a communications officer in the Pacific Theatre of Operations
He began his film career in 1950, after having earned his Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts at Occidental College. Nader appeared in several productions at the Pasadena Playhouse. That work led to a number of bit parts in 1951 and '52. His big break was his first starring role, which came in Robot Monster (1953), a 3-D feature film directed by Phil Tucker. This role and his rugged good looks won him a Universal Studios contract in the 1950s, and he made a number of films for Universal. In 1955, he won a Golden Globe Award for "Most Promising Newcomer."
Despite this accolade, Nader often found himself struggling in the shadow of more famous leading men, such as Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, and Jeff Chandler. His films of that period included 1954's Carnival Story and Sins of Jezebel and 1956's Away All Boats. He also was Esther Williams' leading man in her first straight dramatic film, The Unguarded Moment which also starred a young John Saxon, released by Universal in 1956. He moved into television in the late 1950s, appearing in several short-lived series including The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen and The Man and the Challenge. In the 1961–1962 season, he appeared as insurance investigator Joe Shannon in the syndicated crime drama Shannon; his co-star was Regis Toomey. Nader also appeared frequently on The Loretta Young Show, a dramatic anthology series on NBC.
In the mid-1950s, rumors about Nader's homosexuality began to surface. Nader's life partner was Mark Miller, who later worked as Rock Hudson's personal secretary for 13 years. When Nader's career in Hollywood ended, he and Miller moved to Europe, where he found steady work in films. His most notable role during this period was as FBI agent Jerry Cotton in a German film series where he became the number two most popular film star in Germany behind Lex Barker.
In the mid-1970s, Nader suffered an eye injury which made him particularly sensitive to the bright lights of movie sets. According to an interview with the German fanzine Splatting Image his eye injury was the result of an accident during the production of the never released movie Zigzag, when a blank pistol round exploded too early next to his eyes. Filming took place in the Philippines, and no adequate treatment was taken in time, resulting in the partial loss of his eyesight.
He inherited the interest from Rock Hudson's estate after Hudson's death from AIDS complications in 1985. Hudson biographer Sara Davidson, described Nader, Miller, and another person as "Rock's family for most of his adult life". Nader publicly acknowledged his sexual orientation shortly afterward.
After damage to his eye made it difficult to endure an acting career, Nader began a career as a writer of science fiction, including his 1978 novel Chrome, which centered around a love affair between two men.
Nader and Miller eventually returned to the U.S. and settled in Palm Springs. Stricken by multiple medical problems, Nader entered the hospital in September 2001. He died at Woodland Hills, California of cardio-pulmonary failure, pneumonia, and multiple cerebral infarctions. Nader was survived by Miller (with whom he had spent 55 years), his cousins Sally Kubly and Roberta Cavell, and his nephew, actor Michael Nader.
|1950||Rustlers on Horseback||Jack Reynolds||Credited as George Nadar|
|1950–1953||Fireside Theater||Web Martin/George||TV, 2 episodes|
|1951||You're in the Navy Now||Crew member||Uncredited|
|Take Care of My Little Girl||Jack Gruber||Uncredited|
|The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel||Commando||Uncredited, alternative titles: Rommel, Desert Fox & The Desert Fox|
|Two Tickets to Broadway||Crosby's Sound Technician||Uncredited|
|Overland Telegraph||Paul Manning|
|1952||Phone Call from a Stranger||Pilot||Uncredited|
|Gruen Guild Playhouse||TV, 1 episode|
|Big Town||TV, 1 episode|
|1953||Down Among the Sheltering Palms||Lt. Homer Briggs||Uncredited|
|Your Jeweler's Showcase||TV, 1 episode|
|Robot Monster||Roy||Alternative titles: Monster from Mars & Monsters from the Moon|
|Schlitz Playhouse of Stars||TV, 1 episode|
|Your Play Time||TV, 1 episode|
|Sins of Jezebel||Jehu|
|Hallmark Hall of Fame||TV, 1 episode|
|1953–1961||The Loretta Young Show||Various roles||TV, 8 episodes|
|1954||Miss Robin Crusoe||Jonathan|
|The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse||TV, 2 episodes|
|Carnival Story||Bill Vines|
|Cavalcade of America||Eliphalet Remington II||TV, 2 episodes|
|Four Guns to the Border||Bronco||Alternative title: Shadow Valley|
|1954–1957||Lux Video Theatre||TV, 3 episodes|
|1955||Six Bridges to Cross||Edward Gallagher|
|The Second Greatest Sex||Matt Davis|
|Lady Godiva of Coventry||Lord Leofric|
|1956||Congo Crossing||David Carr|
|Away All Boats||Lieutenant Dave MacDougall|
|The Unguarded Moment||Lieutenant Harry Graham||Alternative title: The Gentle Web|
|1957||Four Girls in Town||Mike Snowden|
|Man Afraid||Rev. David Collins|
|Joe Butterfly||Sgt. Ed Kennedy|
|Climax!||Harry Parker||TV, 1 episode|
|1958||The Female Animal||Chris Farley|
|Flood Tide||Steve Martin||Alternative title: Above All Things|
|Nowhere to Go||Paul Gregory|
|1959||The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen||Ellery Queen||TV, 25 episodes|
|The Man and the Challenge||Dr. Glenn Barton||TV, 36 episodes|
|1960||Laramie||Wells Clark||TV, 1 episode|
|1961||The Andy Griffith Show||Dr. Robert Benson||TV, 1 episode|
|Shannon||Joe Shannon||TV, 36 episodes|
|1962||The Secret Mark of D'Artagnan||d'Artagnan|
|1965||The Human Duplicators||Glenn Martin||Alternative titles: Space Agent K1 & Jaws of the Alien|
|Burke's Law||Chris Maitland||TV, 1 episode|
|Schüsse aus dem Geigengasten||Jerry Cotton|
|Manhattan Night of Murder||Jerry Cotton|
|1966||Um Null Uhr schnappt die Falle zu||Jerry Cotton|
|Die Rechnung – eiskalt serviert||Jerry Cotton|
|1967||Der Mörderclub von Brooklyn||Jerry Cotton|
|The Million Eyes of Sumuru||Agent Nick West|
|The House of 1,000 Dolls||Stephen Armstrong|
|1968||Dynamit in grüner Seide||Jerry Cotton|
|Radhapura – Endstation der Verdammten||Steve Weston|
|Tod im Roten Jaguar||Jerry Cotton|
|1969||Todesschüsse am Broadway||Jerry Cotton|
|1972||Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law||TV, 1 episode|
|The F.B.I.||TV, 1 episode|
|1973||Beyond Atlantis||Nereus||Alternative title: Sea Creatures|
- Graham, Sheilah (August 5, 1956). "George Nader of Movies Not Single by Choice". Daily Boston Globe.
- "Other 5 – No Title". Daily Boston Globe. March 12, 1957.
- Obituary, Los Angeles Times
- "George Nader". London: The Independent. 2002-02-05. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
- Archerd, Army (2002-02-04). "Nader's death another sad finale to a glamorous H'w'd life". Variety. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
- "George Nader, 80, Actor and Sci-Fi Writer". New York Times. 2002-02-12. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
- "Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-03-27.
- Jimmy Short (February 11, 2002). "George Nader". Actor. Find a Grave.
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