Michael Nader, who died of cancer at the age of 76, was a crush on 1980s television, appearing in the glitzy American soap opera Dynasty as Dex Dexter, who for a time “tamed “Alexis, the ‘super slut’ played by Joan Collins, in the TV talk at the time. Dynasty’s ratings had skyrocketed with the introduction of Collins at the start of the show’s second series in 1981. His character sought revenge on her first husband, the ruthless oil billionaire Blake Carrington (played by John Forsythe).
In 1983, after his short-lived marriage to Blake’s business competitor Cecil Colby (Lloyd Bochner) – he died of a heart attack within minutes of the wedding – Nader arrived in Denver, Colorado, as a grown-up, broad-shouldered, square-jawed mining engineer Dex, acting for the family business.
Dex and Alexis were immediately drawn to each other and the two became lovers. Their relationship was tumultuous and Nader added to the drama already bordering on your seats when he showed that Dex – remarkable most of the time to be honest, unlike most of those around him – had the measure. of Alexis.
Dex then slept with his daughter, Amanda (Catherine Oxenberg), when the couple were snowed in at a ski lodge, before marrying Alexis in 1985. For a while, increasingly sensational stories saw Dynasty overtake. Dallas, his American rival with Larry Hagman. as satan in a JR Ewing stetson, both in US ratings and in world audience numbers.
As Collins fought for the top with the other wealthy and glamorous women, the character of Nader, a former green beret, sprang into action when Moldovan rebels launched an attack on the chapel where Amanda married the Prince of Moldova. (Michael Praed).
Alexis finally filed for divorce in 1987 after meeting Dex and Amanda in bed together, but he stayed in Denver to work on a Carrington-Colby pipeline project. The couple were never able to completely sever their bond as Dex continued to search for Alexis – and they briefly resumed their relationship. “He remains the most caring and yet the most macho of men,” wrote television critic Hilary Kingsley.
The couple’s fate was literally left hanging in the last episode of Dynasty, in 1989, when Alexis approached Dex about his affair with his cousin Sable (Stephanie Beacham) and they both fell from the balcony of ‘hotel.
Nader was born in St Louis, Missouri, to Minnette (née Glogovac) and John Nader, a descendant of Lebanese immigrants. Her uncle was George Nader, a B-movie actor whose partner, Mark Miller, later became Rock Hudson’s personal secretary.
Several months after Michael’s birth, his parents separated and he moved to Los Angeles with his mother, who became a backing vocalist for Lena Horne. He was struck by a drunk motorist at the age of six and underwent cosmetic surgery, but left a scar on his cheek.
A rebel at Palisades Charter high school, he finds a release in surfing in Malibu. “You have a pair of boxers, the ocean, a board under you – and no regulations,” Nader said.
Leaving school at 18, his surfing skills and tall, slim and athletic figure led him to participate in the film. Beach party (1963), a musical comedy marketed with the phrase, “This is what happens when 10,000 children meet on 5,000 beach blankets!”
It launched the colorful teen beach party phenomenon to the big screen, starring popular actor-singers Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Over the next two years, Nader appeared in seven other films in the series, including Bingo beach blanket (1965), with Linda Evans playing a “beach bunny” and a rising singer. He went from being one of the crowd to star roles.
He then landed a semi-regular role on the sitcom Gidget (1965-66) as Siddo, a school friend of the surf-crazed teenager from Sally Field.
Outside of Dynasty, Nader was best known in his homeland for his roles in two daytime soap operas, first as Kevin Thompson, a worker at a mining company, in As the world turns (1976-78). He later plays the mysterious Hungarian Count Dimitri Marick in All my children (1991-2001) but was fired after being arrested for possession of an illegal substance, which led to him entering rehab. Years earlier, he had admitted to using marijuana and psychedelic drugs as a teenager as part of a “spiritual quest.” He made a comeback as Dimitri for over 40 episodes in 2013.
Nader’s first two marriages, to Robin Weiss (1984-90) and Beth Windsor (1992-94), ended in divorce. He is survived by his third wife, Jodi Lister, whom he married in 2004, and Lindsay, the daughter of his first marriage.