80 (passed away Feb. 4th, 2002)
Oct. 19th, 1921
Pasadena, California, USA
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Born in Pasadena, California, George Nader became interested in acting while still in school and appeared in several productions at the Pasadena Playhouse. This led to several small parts in movies before earning the lead role in the infamous 3D thriller Robot Monster (1953). The movie was bad but profitable, and Nader soon had a contract with Universal Pictures. Unfortunately, the studio already had on its roster such good-looking and athletic actors as Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis (I) and Jeff Chandler (I), so Nader often found himself being cast in their leftovers, usually playing parts that emphasized his "beefcake" appeal. (At 6' 1" and 180 pounds, Nader had the kind of physique fan magazines drooled over and unlike many of his colleagues, he frequently appeared with his chest hair intact.) However, he did enjoy a few good years in the mid-1950s, turning in a commendable performance in Away All Boats (1956) before his career began to decline. He tried his hand at three TV series and then relocated to Europe, where he enjoyed a modest revival in the late 1960s starring as "Jerry Cotton" in a series of West German films.
- Despite the fact Nader's career was more or less sabotaged by Universal and sacrificed to the tabloids in order to save Rock's much more lucrative reputation, Hudson and Nader remained life-long friends. Nader was named one of the beneficiaries of Hudson's $27M estate when the star died of AIDS in 1985.
- Uncle of 'Michael Nader' (qv)
- Retired completely from acting in 1974 after sustaining an eye injury and developing glaucoma.
- In their early film prime (1950s), he and fellow "beefcake" star Rock Hudson helped cover for each other in protecting their "straight" image in Hollywood.
- A longtime Palm Springs resident, Nader is survived by Mark Miller and three cousins. Following a private service, Nader was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.
- After Nader was finished in films, he turned to writing. His 1978 novel "Chrome" broke major ground in that it was the first sci-fi thriller to have a homosexual theme (gay robots!).
- Nader's longtime companion, Mark Miller, was Rock Hudson's personal secretary for nearly 13 years.
- Abandoned acting career to avoid scandal over romantic relationship with 'Rock Hudson' (qv).
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