George Nader – Actor

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 (1958).

During this period, he also did episodic television and starred in several series, including NBC‘s The Man and the Challenge (1959–60). He is remembered for his starring role in “one of the worst films ever made”,[1] low-budget 3-D sci-fi film Robot Monster (1953).

Discreetly gay during his film career, he and his life partner were among Rock Hudson‘s closest friends. He later wrote Chrome (1978), a science-fiction novel dealing openly and positively with a same-sex relationship.

 

Leading man

Nader’s first starring role was in Robot Monster (1953), a 3-D feature film directed by Phil Tucker. Although the film is remembered primarily for its “camp” attributes as “one of the worst films ever made,”[1] it was financially successful[10] and led to more prominent roles in other films. He supported Paulette Goddard in Sins of Jezebel (1953) and had a supporting role in Carnival Story (1954). He was the male love interest for Miss Robin Crusoe (1954) at Fox.

Meanwhile, Nader appeared regularly on TV shows such as Schlitz Playhouse of StarsHallmark Hall of FameLetter to LorettaCavalcade of AmericaLux Video Theatre, and The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse.

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