George Nader

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George Nader
George Nader November 1956.jpg
George Nader, November 1956
Born(1921-10-19)October 19, 1921
Pasadena, California, United States
DiedFebruary 4, 2002(2002-02-04) (aged 80)
Woodland Hills, California, United States
Other namesGeorge Nadar
Partner(s)Mark Miller
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George Nader
George Nader November 1956.jpg
George Nader, November 1956
Born(1921-10-19)October 19, 1921
Pasadena, California, United States
DiedFebruary 4, 2002(2002-02-04) (aged 80)
Woodland Hills, California, United States
Other namesGeorge Nadar
Partner(s)Mark Miller

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 (1957). 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[edit]

Nader was born in Pasadena, California, the son of Alice (née Scott), who was from Kansas, and George G. Nader, who was from Illinois.[1][2][3] During World War II he served in the US Navy as a communications officer in the Pacific Theatre of Operations[4]

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."[5]

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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[5][6] 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.[5]

He inherited the interest from Rock Hudson's estate after Hudson's death from AIDS complications in 1985.[6] Hudson biographer Sara Davidson, described Nader, Miller, and another person as "Rock's family for most of his adult life".[7] Nader publicly acknowledged his sexual orientation shortly afterward.[6]

Writing career[edit]

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.[7]

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.[6]

In 2002, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.[8]

Later life[edit]

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 cardiac-pulmonary failure, pneumonia, and multiple cerebral infarctions. Nader was survived by Miller (with whom he had spent 55 years[6]), his cousins Sally Kubly and Roberta Cavell, and his nephew, actor Michael Nader.[6]

His ashes were scattered at sea; a cenotaph in his honor exists in Cathedral City's Forest Lawn Cemetery.[9]

Selected filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1950Rustlers on HorsebackJack ReynoldsCredited as George Nadar
1950–1953Fireside TheaterWeb Martin/GeorgeTV, 2 episodes
1951You're in the Navy NowCrew memberUncredited
The ProwlerPhotographerUncredited
Take Care of My Little GirlJack GruberUncredited
The Desert Fox: The Story of RommelCommandoUncredited, alternative titles: Rommel, Desert Fox & The Desert Fox
Two Tickets to BroadwayCrosby's Sound TechnicianUncredited
Overland TelegraphPaul Manning
1952Phone Call from a StrangerPilotUncredited
Gruen Guild PlayhouseTV, 1 episode
Big TownTV, 1 episode
1953Down Among the Sheltering PalmsLt. Homer BriggsUncredited
Your Jeweler's ShowcaseTV, 1 episode
Robot MonsterRoyAlternative titles: Monster from Mars & Monsters from the Moon
Schlitz Playhouse of StarsTV, 1 episode
Your Play TimeTV, 1 episode
Sins of JezebelJehu
Hallmark Hall of FameTV, 1 episode
1953–1961The Loretta Young ShowVarious rolesTV, 8 episodes
1954Miss Robin CrusoeJonathan
The Pepsi-Cola PlayhouseTV, 2 episodes
Carnival StoryBill Vines
Cavalcade of AmericaEliphalet Remington IITV, 2 episodes
Four Guns to the BorderBroncoAlternative title: Shadow Valley
1954–1957Lux Video TheatreTV, 3 episodes
1955Six Bridges to CrossEdward Gallagher
The Second Greatest SexMatt Davis
Lady Godiva of CoventryLord Leofric
1956Congo CrossingDavid Carr
Away All BoatsLieutenant Dave MacDougall
The Unguarded MomentLieutenant Harry GrahamAlternative title: The Gentle Web
1957Four Girls in TownMike Snowden
Man AfraidRev. David Collins
Joe ButterflySgt. Ed Kennedy
Climax!Harry ParkerTV, 1 episode
1958The Female AnimalChris Farley
Flood TideSteve MartinAlternative title: Above All Things
Nowhere to GoPaul Gregory
1959The Further Adventures of Ellery QueenEllery QueenTV, 25 episodes
The Man and the ChallengeDr. Glenn BartonTV, 36 episodes
1960LaramieWells ClarkTV, 1 episode
1961The Andy Griffith ShowDr. Robert BensonTV, 1 episode
ShannonJoe ShannonTV, 36 episodes
1965The Human DuplicatorsGlenn MartinAlternative titles: Space Agent K1 & Jaws of the Alien
Burke's LawChris MaitlandTV, 1 episode
Manhattan Night of MurderJerry Cotton
Schüsse aus dem GeigengastenJerry Cotton
1966Die Rechnung – eiskalt serviertJerry Cotton
Um Null Uhr schnappt die Falle zuJerry Cotton
1967The Million Eyes of SumuruAgent Nick West
Der Mörderclub von BrooklynJerry Cotton
1968Tod im Roten JaguarJerry Cotton
Dynamit in grüner SeideJerry Cotton
1969Todesschüsse am BroadwayJerry Cotton
1972Owen Marshall: Counselor at LawTV, 1 episode
The F.B.I.TV, 1 episode
1973Beyond AtlantisAlternative title: Sea Creatures
1974NakiaMcMastersTelevision movie


  1. ^ Graham, Sheilah (August 5, 1956). "George Nader of Movies Not Single by Choice". Daily Boston Globe. 
  2. ^ "Other 5 – No Title". Daily Boston Globe. March 12, 1957. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Obituary, Los Angeles Times
  5. ^ a b c "George Nader". London: The Independent. 2002-02-05. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Archerd, Army (2002-02-04). "Nader's death another sad finale to a glamorous H'w'd life". Variety. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  7. ^ a b "George Nader, 80, Actor and Sci-Fi Writer". New York Times. 2002-02-12. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  8. ^ "Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  9. ^ Jimmy Short (February 11, 2002). "George Nader". Actor. Find a Grave. 

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