George Nader was among the finest actors which Hollywood had even though he was segregated to the B-grade category. To this effect during the last formal appearance of Nader in public, he received a standing ovation while in 1st annual Palm Springs Film Noir Festival in 2001.
Nader was born in Pasadena where he started his acting career after a stint in the Navy. His first on screen presence was in ‘Rustlers on Horseback’ after which he worked in many films for short or cameo roles. The movie that shot him to popularity or fame was ‘Robot Monster’. Completed in 4 days on a budget of $16000, Phil Tucker (the director) made George Nader’s life. The movie was a 3 D flick and did very well in cinemas raking in millions.
Universal got wind of this profit making actor and soon signed up Nader on contract. Unfortunately for George, there were already many beefy looking actors with Universal at that time. Rock Hudson, Jeff Chandler, Tony Curtis were only a few well established actors to begin with.
Not to be disheartened, Nader worked in a series of roles as a supporting actor to both Hudson and Chandler. He however, got his other big break when Chandler turned down a starring role in ‘Six bridges to Cross’. He followed it with another starring role in ‘The Second Greatest Sex’ and ‘Lady Godiva of Coventry’.
Luck was never one to stay long with George Nader and he was engulfed in the promise of a scandal. A tabloid called ‘Confidential’ approached Universal with threats about publishing a story which will talk of the alleged homosexual relation between Hudson and Nader. Universal cut a deal and drove Nader away from Hollywood to salvage Hudson’s career who was an A-list actor.
Soon he moved to Europe and did a stint in many German films and other TV serials. He was unable to act following a car crash. Nader moved back to Palm Springs where he settled and spent his dying days.