Mar 14, 2017
George Nader: Actor and Gay Activist of the 1950s
Henry Willson placed dozens of guys with monosyllabic names like Rock and Guy in movies based on their hunk appeal. George costarred with several of them:
Rory Calhoun in Four Guns to the Border (1954)
Tony Curtis in Six Bridges to Cross (1955)
John Saxon in The Unguarded Moment (1956)
But stardom eluded him, probably because of the gay rumors; he refused to put on a heterosexual facade, like his lifelong friend Rock Hudson.
George retired from acting in 1974, and devoted himself to writing and gay rights activism. His first novel, Chrome (1978), remains rare example of a science fiction novel with a gay male protagonist.
He died in 2002, survived by Mark Miller. They had been together for 55 years.