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Most of the movies of the 60s had George Nader in a supporting role or on a cameo appearance. Chances are that you might have already seen him in many old movies without realizing who he was. His beefcake appearance and intense eyes coupled with a sonorous voice made him an instant hit with the public. He was also on contract with Universal Pictures while in Hollywood which helped him get a lot of movies.

Unfortunately, Universal Pictures had many other actors who were of the same muscular appearance and well established in the public eye. This left Nader with only supporting roles and cameos. His career started with ‘Robot Monster’ in 1953, though his first on screen appearance was with ‘Rustlers on Horseback’ made by Republic Pictures.

‘Robot Monster’ got him the fame he needed to create a name for himself in the industry. Robot Monster also landed him his contract with Universal Pictures. After this there was a string of supporting roles which were performed by George Nader.

He was seen in ‘Four Guns to the Border’, ‘Carnival Story’, ‘Sins of Jezebel’, ‘Miss Robin Crusoe’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Robin_Crusoe ) and ‘Six Bridges to Cross’ among other movies. Nader got a couple of starring roles in movies like ‘The Second Greatest Sex’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Second_Greatest_Sex ) and ‘Lady Godiva of Coventry’ which were turned down by Jeff Chandler. In 1955 he also received the Golden Globe award for ‘The Most Promising Newcomer’.

During this period, there were a number of TV serials which Nader performed in. George Nader never made a distinction between appearing on the big screen or a television. He debuted on TV with his appearance in ‘Gruen Guild Playhouse’ and went on to appear in other TV serials such as ‘Big Town’, ‘Your Jeweler’s Showcase’, ‘Schlitz Playhouse of Stars’ and ‘Your Play Time’.

He also appeared on a number of episodes of ‘The Loretta Young Show’ and “Hallmark Hall of Fame’. The last great series in which George Nader performed were a string of German movies based on a FBI Operator character called ‘Jerry Cotton’.