George Nader was an American film and TV actor, most active during the 1950s and 60s. He and life partner, Mark Miller, were close friends with legendary actor Rock Hudson, with whom Nader shared the screen on more than one occasion.
Early Days & Personal Life
The son of Alice and George G., George Nader was born on the 10th October 1921 in Pasadena, California. After gaining a BA in Theatre Arts from Occidental College, he served in the US Navy as a communications officer during WWII.
After the war, Nader met Mark Miller in 1947. The two would be an item for the remainder of Nader’s life and lived together for much of their relationship. Nader was not openly gay but, unlike many gay men at the time, he did not feign any heterosexual relationships to hide his sexuality.
Nader’s acting career began in 1950. In the early days, he was largely a bit-part player both on the stage and in minor, low budget films. His big break arrived, however, with a leading role in sci-fi movie Robot Monster, which was released in 1953. The movie has developed a reputation as one of the worst ever made but was financially successful at the time.
Being the lead in a money-making movie raised Nader’s profile and saw him grab other bigger roles in films and on TV. Ultimately, too, it earned him a contract with Universal Studios. He appeared in a raft of movies as a result of that contract, sometimes as a leading man and on other occasions as support to the likes of Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson.
In 1955, Nader won a Golden Globe for ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ and as the decade wore on, he became increasingly focussed on TV work. That work came both in the USA and Europe, with Nader coming to play FBI agent Jerry Cotton in a series of hit German TV movies through the 1960s.
Retirement & Later Life
Following a car accident in the early 1970s, Nader suffered an eye injury which caused him to become particularly sensitive to the bright lights of movie sets. That curtailed his acting career in 1974 and saw him start to write. His most notable written work was probably his 1978 science fiction novel, Chrome, which dealt positively with a same-sex relationship. Nader was admitted to hospital in Woodland Hills, California in late 2001 with a number of different ailments, including pneumonia. He died on the 4th February 2002 and had his ashes scattered at sea. He is now commemorated on a cenotaph in Forest Lawn Cemetery near Palm Springs, along with partner Mark Miller and their long-time friend Rock Hudson.