He was a face familiar to TV series fans. Michael Nader, who died of cancer at the age of 76, had spent most of his career on the small screen. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he was hit by a car at the age of 6, an accident that left him with an indelible scar on his face.
After his parents’ divorce, he moved to California with his mother. At the age of 16, he posed in Life magazine, surfing under his arm, and played supporting roles in the cinema. But it was after an appearance in Magnum, in 1980, that he landed the role that will stick to his skin.
In Dynasty, a famous production by Aaron Spelling, Michael Nader played Farnsworth “Dex” Dexter, the third husband of Alexis Colby, the heroine played by superstar Joan Collins. After joining the series in season 4 in 1983, his billionaire playboy character, younger than his sultry companion, would become a recurring face until the epilogue in 1989.
Subsequently, Michael Nader will join the soap All My Children (La Force du destin en VF), in which he plays from 1991 to 1999. He will be ousted by the ABC channel after being arrested selling cocaine to an undercover policeman. The actor, who has struggled for several years with his own addiction, will try in vain to get his reinstatement in the cast.
Twice married, father of a daughter named Lindsay, Michael Nader last year participated in a fundraiser for research against Covid-19 with former Dynasty comedians. At the time of his death, he was working on a biography recounting his battle with drugs. His last appearance on television was in 2001, in an episode of the New York series, Special Victims Unit.
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