Michael Nader, the actor best known for playing Farnsworth “Dex” Dexter on the hit soap “Dynasty,” has died age 76.
The Missouri-born star’s manager, Richard Schwartz, confirmed to USA Today that he died in his California home on Monday after a short battle with cancer.
A statement from Nader’s wife, Jodi Lister, to Michaelfairmantv.com, read: “With heavy heart, I’m sharing the news of the passing of my beloved, Michael. We had 18 wonderful years together with the many dogs we fostered and adopted.”
Nader’s acting career spanned several decades after he landed his first acting gig in William Asher’s 1963 comedy “Beach Party.”
In 1978, he secured his first soap job as Kevin Thompson on “As the World Turns.”
He rose to prominence in 1983 when he joined the cast of “Dynasty” as the love interest of Alexis Carrington, played by Joan Collins.
Collins paid tribute to her onscreen husband Thursday, posting a photo of the pair on Instagram.
The “Dynasty” star said she was “very sad to hear” of Nader’s death, adding: “I loved working with him and his character was a wonderful mixture of tough and tender.”
Collins said her character was “crazy to keep on rejecting him.”
Nader was also known for portraying Dimitri Marick, the on-again-off-again romantic partner of Susan Lucci’s character Erica Kane in ABC daytime series “All My Children” from 1991 to 2001. He reprized his role in 2013.
Lister said her husband had been “so thrilled to reconnect with his friends from the cast of Dynasty during Emma Samms virtual event to help raise funds for Long-Covid research.”
She ended the tribute by describing him as a “beautiful and fascinating man with many talents and skills,” adding: “I will miss him forever.”
Nader’s acting credits include “The Flash,” “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Beach Blanket Bingo,” “The Great Escape II: The Untold Story” and “Lucky Chances.”
Who is Michael Nader
Michael Nader is of Lebanese descent. He studied at New York’s Actors Studio and Herbert Berghof Studio before landing early work on the TV family comedy “Gidget,” which starred a young Sally Field, and the Frankie and Annette beach party movies including the classic “Beach Blanket Bingo.” Coincidentally enough, this is where he first worked with Linda Evans, whom he would later appear with on “Dynasty.” He landed the part of Dex Dexter, the third husband of Joan Collins’s Alexis Colby on popular primetime soap opera “Dynasty” in 1983. He remained on the show until 1989 while intermittently doing unmemorable TV movies. In 1991, he joined the cast of the long-running daytime soap “All My Children” as Dimitri Marick. He played the part for ten years, during which he was arrested on both drunk driving and drug possession charges. He finished rehab but did not work again until much later in the decade when he appeared on the television crimes dramas ” Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Cold Case.”
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