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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|
|Notable work||Robot Monster (film)
The Man and the Challenge (TV)
Jerry Cotton series (film)
|Awards||Golden Globe, Most Promising Newcomer – Male (1955)|
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 NBC's The Man and the Challenge (1959–60). He is remembered for his starring role in "one of the worst films ever made", low-budget 3-D sci-fi film Robot Monster (1953). Discretely gay during his film career, he and his life partner were among Rock Hudson's closest friends. He later wrote Chrome (1978), a science-fiction novel dealing openly and positively with a same-sex relationship.
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 earning his Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts at Occidental College. He appeared in several productions at the Pasadena Playhouse, which led to a number of bit parts in 1951 and 1952. His first starring role was in Robot Monster (1953), a 3-D feature film directed by Phil Tucker. Although the film is remembered primarily for its "camp" attributes it was financially successful, this role and his rugged good looks won him a Universal Studios contract, for whom he made a number of films. In 1955, he won a Golden Globe Award for "Most Promising Newcomer."
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.
He moved to Europe, where he found steady work in films. His most notable recurring role during this period was as FBI agent Jerry Cotton in a German film series, becoming the second-most popular film star in Germany, behind Lex Barker.
In the 1970s, Nader suffered an eye injury in an automobile accident, which made him particularly sensitive to the bright lights of movie sets, and forced him to retire from acting. He began writing, including his 1978 science fiction novel Chrome, which dealt with a forbidden romance between a man and an android (also male).
Although Nader was not openly gay during his film career, he generally didn't feign relationships with women to conceal it, instead deflecting that he hadn't met "the right one". He lived with his life partner Mark Miller, whom he met in 1947 while acting in a play together. Miller worked as Rock Hudson's personal secretary from 1972 until the star's death, and the couple inherited the interest from Hudson's estate after his death from AIDS complications in 1985. Nader publicly acknowledged his sexual orientation shortly afterward. Hudson biographer Sara Davidson described Nader, Miller, and another person as "Rock's family for most of his adult life".
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.
His ashes were scattered at sea; a cenotaph in his honor exists in Cathedral City's Forest Lawn Cemetery. In 2002, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.
|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||Charlie, 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|
|Han glömde henne aldrig||Chris Kingsley||(English version, voice)|
|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||Richard||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||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|
|Miss Robin Crusoe||Jonathan|
|1954–1957||Lux Video Theatre||Dr. Frank Matson / Don / Jeremy||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|
|Appointment with a Shadow||Paul Baxter|
|Flood Tide||Steve Martin||Alternative title: Above All Things|
|1958||The Female Animal||Chris Farley|
|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|
|The Great Space Adventure|
|A Walk by the Sea|
|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|
|Espionage in Lisbon||Drunk entering hotel-room||Uncredited|
|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|
|1974||Nakia||McMasters||Television movie, (Last appearance)|
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