Morning Man Classic: George Nader!
Yesterday marked the 98th anniversary of the birth of George Nader who from 1950 through 1974 appeared in a series of films including the 3-D sci-fi rom Robert Monster, Phone Call from a Stranger, All Away Boats, The Unguarded Moment, Congo Crossing and The Female Animal.
His television credits included a starring roles in several series including The Man and the Challenge, The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen and Shannon. He was also a frequent guest on The Loretta Young Show.
But the career of the man who won the 1955 Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer suffered when rumors about his sexuality began to surface. He and his partner moved to Europe (His partner was Mark Miller who worked for years as Rock Hudson’s secretary).
He and Miller later returned to the US and settled in Palm Springs. Nader began a career as a science fiction writer. His groundbreaking 1978 novel Chrome is probably the first science fiction novel to center on a homosexual love affair, and the first to have substantial homosexual erotic scenes.
Nader died in 2001 at the age of 80. His nephew is actor Michael Nader who played Dex Dexter on Dynasty and Dimitri Marick on All My Children.