Movie industry commemorates George Nader with a Cenotaph

The erstwhile actor George Nader gets a cenotaph ( ) dedicated to his memory in Cathedral City’s Forest Lawn Cemetery (. To those of you who do not know what a Cenotaph is; it is an empty tomb erected to honor a person.

George Nader was among the last living homosexuals of the 50s Hollywood cinema. His career spanned a glorious 25 years. He made a name for himself in many American homes and became a role model to many American youth.

Nader was known for his good looks, sonorous voice and beefcake appearance. At a time when many actors were abashed to come on screen with body hair, Nader flaunted his chest hair intact. And the best part was that he got away with it.

He was known to lift weights and swim daily to maintain his strong muscles and looks. During that period many actors were homosexuals though they never came out with it. To hide their preference they would be seen in public with ‘beards’ which were starlets or women for the purpose of showcasing one’s virility.

Nader never indulged in any such habit. He always maintained his distance from women even though he never advertised his homosexuality. In 1978 Mr. Nader due to a car accident turned to writing, finishing up with his acting career.

He came out with 2 bestsellers; Chrome and Perils of Paul ( ); the first being a science fiction and the second being a collection of real life homosexual incidents faced by Nader and his lifelong partner Miller in Hollywood.

Finally, in 1981 after the demise of their fast friend Rock Hudson, Miller and Nader came out with their homosexuality. This is also the time when they completely disappeared from the public eye. They spent their time divided between Palm Springs where they had their residence and Hawaii.

In 2001, Nader appeared for his last public visit in the 1st Annual Palm Springs Film Festival. He got a standing ovation after the screening of his movie ‘Nowhere to Go’ with Maggie Smith. Soon after on February 4, 2002 Nader passed away. He was survived by Mark Miller at that time.

His cenotaph today rests with Rock Hudson and Mark Miller.