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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.

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  1. OMG was he yummy looking

  2. Thank you Greg for this wonderful feature on actor George Nader. I have been a fan of his work for years, and have always felt he was one of Hollywood’s most talented & handsome leading men. It’s so sad that his career was forever damaged simply by his being gay. When I discovered there was a cenotaph created for him, along with his partner Mark Miller & Rock Hudson, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cathedral City (Palm Springs), I created the following biography in his honor, posted here:

    George Nader was born in Pasadena, California, and began his film career in 1950. He appeared in productions at the Pasadena Playhouse, that led to a number of small film roles in 1951 and 1952. His break came in his first starring role, “Robot Monster”, released in 1953. His rugged looks won him a Universal Studios contract in the 1950′s, and in turn, he made several films for Universal. He won a Golden Globe Award for “Most Promising Newcomer” in 1955. His films of that period included 1954′s “Carnival Story”, “Sins of Jezebel” and 1956′s “Away All Boats”. In the late 1950′s, he moved to television, and appeared in several series including “The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen,” “Man and the Challenge” and “Shannon.” He also appeared several times on “The Loretta Young Show”, a dramatic anthology series. In the mid-1950s’, rumors about Nader’s private life began to surface. The news reached the editors of a scandal sheet called Confidential Magazine, which threatened to publish the details of Nader’s supposed relationship with Rock Hudson. In fact, Nader’s companion was Mark Miller who would later become Hudson’s personal secretary. It was whispered at the time that the studio cut a deal and agreed to fire Nader if the information about Hudson was kept quiet. Whatever the truth, Nader’s career in Hollywood was ended. He and Miller moved to Europe, where Nader found steady work in films. In the 1970′s, Nader was involved in a serious auto accident, where he suffered an eye injury, which made him very sensitive to the bright lights of movie sets. After damage to his eye made it difficult to endure an acting career, Nader began a career as a writer of science fiction. His 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. According to Variety Magazine’s Army Archerd, Nader had completed a book called “The Perils of Paul”, about the gay community in Hollywood, which he did not want published until after his death. Nader and Miller eventually returned to the United States, and settled in Palm Springs, California. Stricken by medical problems, Nader was hospitalized in September, 2001. He died on February 4, 2002, in Woodland Hills, California of cardiac-pulmonary failure, pneumonia, and multiple cerebral infractions.

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