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Michael Nader is dead at age 76: Dynasty actor passes away from cancer

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Michael Nader has died unexpectedly at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer, his wife Jodi Lister shared on Wednesday.

The actor was best known for playing Dex Dexter, the handsome husband of Joan Collins’ cunning villain, Alexis Carrington, on the hit Eighties TV show Dynasty.

And Nader was also known for starring as Susan Lucci’s supportive husband Dimitri Marick on the soap opera All My Children.

His wife took to Facebook on Wednesday to share, ‘It grieves me to share the sad news that my husband, Michael Nader, passed away at home on August 23rd. He was diagnosed with untreatable cancer on Friday the 13th and died 10 days later with me and his best fur friend Storm by his side.’ 

He will be missed: Michael Nader has died at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer, his wife Jodi Lister shared on Wednesday. The actor was best known for playing Dex Dexter, the boyfriend of Joan Collins' character, Alexis Carrington, on the hit Eighties TV show Dynasty

He will be missed: Michael Nader has died at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer, his wife Jodi Lister shared on Wednesday. The actor was best known for playing Dex Dexter, the boyfriend of Joan Collins’ character, Alexis Carrington, on the hit Eighties TV show Dynasty

‘His death and diagnosis was sudden and unexpected and I have never experienced such agony as watching my soul mate die before my eyes,’ she added.

‘He was loved by so many and treasured his fans and their letters and emails. He responded to them all. He was working on a book about his life and addiction before he passed. He had so many talents and skills and it’s hard to imagine living life without his beautiful and wonderful presence, joy and laughter.

He passed away inside his home in Northern California, it was shared by TVLine

The cause of death was a type of cancer which was not curable, it was claimed. 

‘With heavy heart, I’m sharing the news of the passing of my beloved, Michael,’ Nader’s wife Jodi said in a statement shared to MichaelFairmanTV.com.

Man and wife: In 1983 he joined the cast of Dynasty. He played the dark-haired hunk who caught the eye of Alexis. He refused to be her boy toy and wanted a more serious relationship, but she resisted, until they finally wed

Man and wife: In 1983 he joined the cast of Dynasty. He played the dark-haired hunk who caught the eye of Alexis. He refused to be her boy toy and wanted a more serious relationship, but she resisted, until they finally wed

They were close pals: Nader and Collins attending Party for the 200th Episode of Dynasty in 1988 at the Dynasty Set in Hollywood

They were close pals: Nader and Collins attending Party for the 200th Episode of Dynasty in 1988 at the Dynasty Set in Hollywood

‘We had 18 wonderful years together with the many dogs we fostered and adopted. 

‘Recently, Michael was 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. 

‘He was a beautiful and fascinating man with many talents and skills. I will miss him forever,’ she continued.

The husband role: He joined All My Children in 1991. He played Susan Lucci's handsome husband named Marick

The husband role: He joined All My Children in 1991. He played Susan Lucci’s handsome husband named Marick

Fans wanted him back: He left the series in 1999 then came back the following year

Fans wanted him back: He left the series in 1999 then came back the following year

The actor was born in Los Angeles and he started working in his teen years. 

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His first role was in the movie Beach Party in 1963; he played Beach Boy. 

After that came similar films such as Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Pajama Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, Ski Party and How To Stuff A Wild Bikini.

He then landed a recurring role as Siddo ion the TV series Gidget with Sally Field from 1965 until 1966.

In the 1970s he had only one role: as Kevin Thompson on As The World Turns. 

Nader played Mitch on an episode of Magnum PI in 1981 then popped up in the TV series Bare Essence.

Sad loss for Hollywood: He passed away inside his home in Northern California, it was added by TVLine. Seen in 2013

Sad loss for Hollywood: He passed away inside his home in Northern California, it was added by TVLine. Seen in 2013

In 1983 he became a household name when he joined the cast of Dynasty. He played the dark-haired hunk who caught the eye of devilish Alexis.

He refused to be her boy toy and wanted a more serious relationship, but she resisted, until they finally wed.

Nader – the nephew of actor George Nader – won a big fan following for playing Dex. He stayed with the show until it ended in 1989.

Next he joined All My Children in 1991. He played Lucci’s handsome husband named Marick. He left the series in 1999 then came back the following year.

A close bond: Nader and wife Robin Nader attending Dynasty Wrap Party in 1986 at Bruno's Restaurant in Los Angeles. They were wed from 1984 until 1990

A close bond: Nader and wife Robin Nader attending Dynasty Wrap Party in 1986 at Bruno’s Restaurant in Los Angeles. They were wed from 1984 until 1990

He then landed guest starring roles on hit shows like Law & Order: SVU and Cold Case.

The star was also known for having issues with drugs. In the Eighties he got sober but in 1997 he was charged with drunk driving while his daughter was in the car.

He was arrested for attempting to sell cocaine to an undercover police officer in 2001, The Post reported.

Nader, was arrested about 6 a.m. in a club in NYC and charged with felony drug sale after detectives made undercover drug purchases there, the police told the New York Times. He was trying to sell a $20 bag of cocaine.

He is survived by his second wife Jodi and actress daughter Lindsay Michelle (The Messenger and The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2), whom he had with his first wife, Robin Nader. They were wed from 1984 until 1990. 

Sweet embrace: He is survived by his second wife Jodi Lister whom he wed in 2014

Sweet embrace: He is survived by his second wife Jodi Lister whom he wed in 2014

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