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1 hour ago, jaragon said:

Michael Nader (1945-1976) He romanced Sally Field, Sussan Lucci and Joan Collins in "Dynasty".   Here he shows off his dance skills in "Ski Party" (1965)

 

Looked him up, and if I've got the right guy, he just passed away 3 days ago.  I wasn't familiar with him.

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On 8/10/2021 at 9:22 AM, jaragon said:

Robert Brian Wilson was "discovered" while eating in a restaurant- he make a handsome All American psycho..

 

I remember him from Search for Tomorrow in 1985. He didn't last long, about six months. He was a recast that didn't work out (trying to fill big shoes left by Kevin Conroy).

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45 minutes ago, txfilmfan said:

Looked him up, and if I've got the right guy, he just passed away 3 days ago.  I wasn't familiar with him.

Michael Nader was the nephew of George Nader.

His first major soap role was on As the World Turns which he did from 1975-78. But he became very well-known on Dynasty as one of Joan Collins' husbands. He appeared on that show from 1983 until it ended in 1989.

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In the early 90s, he joined the cast of All My Children where he had a long-running stint. However, he was fired by ABC in 2001 when he was arrested for selling drugs (or something strange like that). It was reported that he was earning around $400,000 per year on AMC when he was arrested for selling drugs.

Despite his personal problems, Michael was a fan favorite and his character was very popular. So ABC said they would consider rehiring him once he resolved his legal problems and went to rehab.

After he resolved his legal and drug issues, ABC did not rehire him (perhaps fearing he would relapse). So he sued the network. He didn't work very much after that. But when All My Children was canceled and resurfaced in 2013 as an online reboot, he returned for some episodes but the reboot failed. And per the IMDb, he never worked again on television.

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21 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Michael Nader was the nephew of George Nader.

His first major soap role was on As the World Turns which he did from 1975-78. But he became very well-known on Dynasty as one of Joan Collins' husbands. He appeared on that show from 1983 until it ended in 1989.

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In the early 90s, he joined the cast of All My Children where he had a long-running stint. However, he was fired by ABC in 2001 when he was arrested for selling drugs (or something strange like that). It was reported that he was earning around $400,000 per year on AMC when he was arrested for selling drugs.

Despite his personal problems, Michael was a fan favorite and his character was very popular. So ABC said they would consider rehiring him once he resolved his legal problems and went to rehab.

After he resolved his legal and drug issues, ABC did not rehire him (perhaps fearing he would relapse). So he sued the network. He didn't work very much after that. But when All My Children was canceled and resurfaced in 2013 as an online reboot, he returned for some episodes but the reboot failed. And per the IMDb, he never worked again on television.

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24 minutes ago, jaragon said:

A boxing match is a good excuse for good looking tv actors to  go shirtless  this is from "Emmerdale"

 

Michael Parr was great as Ross Barton. Hope he returns to Emmerdale someday.

I also loved Anthony Quinlan who played his brother Pete Barton, included in the clip you shared.

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Another thread on upcoming Emmy noms reminded me of the Australian who, so far, has had mostly TV credits, both at home, and here in the US, Murray Bartlett.   He has very few film credits to date.

my new plaid pants: Murray Bartlett Five Times

I think I like his 70's throwback mustache look the best.  He looks quite a bit different clean-shaven.

Murray Bartlett Mourns HBO's 'Looking' and 5 Other Emmy Contender Quickies

 

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On 6/15/2022 at 6:10 PM, txfilmfan said:

Another thread on upcoming Emmy noms reminded me of the Australian who, so far, has had mostly TV credits, both at home, and here in the US, Murray Bartlett.   He has very few film credits to date.

my new plaid pants: Murray Bartlett Five Times

I think I like his 70's throwback mustache look the best.  He looks quite a bit different clean-shaven.

Murray Bartlett Mourns HBO's 'Looking' and 5 Other Emmy Contender Quickies

 

That chest alone should make him a star

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1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

But Ross Alexander did become a movie star, for a little while.

Many years ago, I read Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon and it was in that trashy book I first became aware of ROSS ALEXANDER.  His studio made a bit of an effort to make him a star but it didn't really happen.   Small parts in A pictures,  leads in a few B pictures.   It is the film CAPTAIN BLOOD (which I love) where he's probably best remembered in a supporting role.  I'm sure in the '30s he was referred to as a "movie star" like other working actors.   Now, handsome and forgotten.  I think he killed himself thinking his career had lost steam (and a suicide first wife) his story is sad. 

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6 minutes ago, Allhallowsday said:

Many years ago, I read Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon and it was in that trashy book I first became aware of ROSS ALEXANDER.  His studio made a bit of an effort to make him a star but it didn't really happen.   Small parts in A pictures,  leads in a few B pictures.   It is the film CAPTAIN BLOOD (which I love) where he's probably best remembered in a supporting role.  I'm sure in the '30s he was referred to as a "movie star" like other working actors.   Now, handsome and forgotten.  I think he killed himself thinking his career had lost steam (and a suicide first wife) his story is sad. 

He is also remembered for having a substantial role as one of the young lovers in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (1935).

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1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

He is also remembered for having a substantial role as one of the young lovers in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (1935).

Absolutely.  Supporting player in an A.  I'll always think of that as a JAMES CAGNEY movie... or DICK POWELL or VICTOR JORY!!!  Okay, MICKEY too... :)

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10 minutes ago, Allhallowsday said:

Absolutely.  Supporting player in an A.  I'll always think of that as a JAMES CAGNEY movie... or DICK POWELL or VICTOR JORY!!!  Okay, MICKEY too... :)

I always think of AMSD as an Olivia DeHavilland film since it was her first one.    Of course as we all know it is an ensemble cast film and no one is a lead in this A production (well expect Max Reinhardt as co-director).

 

 

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26 minutes ago, Allhallowsday said:

Couldn't agree more, but I am trying to be faithful to the subject of the thread... ;)

Got ya.    TCM did show the Ross Alexander,  Anita Louise film Brides Are Like That (1936),   and  Ross was very charming in the role of young man that lives off his rich uncle.

That film and Hot Money (where Ross plays a very similar character),   were Warner Bros.  attempt to give Ross a leading role in a "B" picture.      I don't recall if TCM ever showed Hot Money.

Brides Are Like That (1936) - IMDb

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53 minutes ago, JamesJazGuitar said:

Brides Are Like That (1936),

I saw it and he had charisma.   I like him, but most people don't seem to know him . 

53 minutes ago, JamesJazGuitar said:

Warner Bros.  attempt to give Ross a leading role in a "B" picture

Yup.  And I think the success of ERROL FLYNN out of the gate with CAPTAIN BLOOD may have made him well aware of his lack of overnight success. 

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Vince  started acting as a young boy, and he's been in show-business all his life, his father was the late Dick Van Patten. Vince was a wet-dream back in the 1980s. He was also a well-ranked pro tennis player back around that time. The top photo where  he's with Farrah Fawcett Majors must have been taken around about that time during his tennis days. The middle photo is of Vince playing 'Tom' ( the nerd) in the old Ramones cult movie 'Rock n Roll High School'. The bottom photo must be one from his early days in the 1970s when he appeared in teen pin-up mags. He was a regular on the brief 'Apple'sWay' TV show back in the seventies.

Vince wasn't the greatest actor, and he never really became a well-known star. He guest-starred on many TV shows back in the eighties, and in several now forgotten movies. Maybe some of them are on Youtube. I think he's about 64 years old now, married a couple of times, and has several kids. Nowadays he's still in show-business, he does god-awful announcing and commentating   at casinos at televised Poker tournaments. He recently  acted in a movie that he'd produced himself called , I think, 'Seven Days to Vegas' . I haven't seen it, and the other actors were his own family members along with some other pretty much washed-up film actors. He seems to be in very good physical shape for his age.

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54 minutes ago, ronnoco28 said:

Vince playing 'Tom' ( the nerd) in the old Ramones cult movie 'Rock n Roll High School'.

TCM just broadcast in recent weeks.  

He's married to one of "Housewives of Beverly Hills" who is a Soap actress I think. 

I have collected a lot of original photos and clippings of many '70s 80s stars, VINCE among them.  I think I have a sealed Viewmaster set for "Apple's Way"... :rolleyes: 

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