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Michael Nader, ‘All My Children’ and Dynasty’ star, dies from cancer at age 76

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 8/25/2021 Joseph Wilkinson

Michael Nader, the soap opera star who charmed characters and audiences alike, died Monday from an untreatable form of cancer. He was 76.

Nader died surrounded by family at his Northern California home, TVLine reported.

Joan Collins et al. looking at the camera: Michael Nader and Joan Collins in "Dynasty." © Provided by New York Daily News Michael Nader and Joan Collins in "Dynasty."

Michael Nader and Joan Collins in "Dynasty." (ABC Photo Archives/)

With his powerful persona and irresistible looks, Nader became a star on the primetime soap “Dynasty” and the long-running daytime soap “All My Children.”

His fictional marriage to Susan Lucci’s Erica Kane on “All My Children” is considered one of the best soap opera couplings of all-time.

Born Feb. 19, 1945, in Los Angeles, Nader was the nephew of actor George Nader and got his start in several low-budget “Beach Party” films in the 1960s.

Michael Nader wearing a suit and tie: In this file photo, Actor Michael Nader attends the "All My Children" & "One Life To Live" premiere on April 23, 2013 in New York. © Michael Stewart In this file photo, Actor Michael Nader attends the "All My Children" & "One Life To Live" premiere on April 23, 2013 in New York.

In this file photo, Actor Michael Nader attends the "All My Children" & "One Life To Live" premiere on April 23, 2013 in New York. (Michael Stewart/)


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Nader popped up in a few other roles, including a guest spot on “Magnum, P.I.” in 1981, before his big break as Dex Dexter on “Dynasty” started in 1983. Nader continued to star on the show until it ended in 1989.

But he wasn’t out of the soap game for long, jumping into year 21 of “All My Children” in 1991 and stealing Erica Kane’s heart. However, his turbulent on-screen marriage reportedly mirrored his off-screen life.

Nader battled substance-abuse problems for much of his time on “All My Children,” and those battles were reportedly responsible for his departures from the show in 1999 and again in 2001. However, he harbored few ill feelings over the real-life breakups and eagerly joined the show’s continuation in 2013.

Susan Lucci, Michael Nader standing in front of a wedding cake: Susan Lucci, left, as Erica and Michael Nader, as Dimitri in Daytime's © Provided by New York Daily News Susan Lucci, left, as Erica and Michael Nader, as Dimitri in Daytime's

Susan Lucci, left, as Erica and Michael Nader, as Dimitri in Daytime's "All My Children." (Ann Limongello/)

“I got a call from executive producer Ginger Smith who said Prospect Park is relaunching ‘All My Children’ online,” Nader said in 2013. “She said, ‘We’d love for you to come back.’ And I said, ‘You want me, you got me.’ Being back is like being home.”

Nader was credited in 42 of the relaunch’s 43 episodes, his last acting gig.

Nader is survived by wife Jodi Lister, daughter Lindsay and sister Stephanie.

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