HR Strange But True!
January 20, 2003

If you're a fan of daytime television, you may remember actor Michael Nader, who spent nearly a decade playing Count Dimitri Marick on ABC's "All My Children." Before that, he acted in the primetime soap "Dynasty."

But according to CNN, Nader's career derailed two years ago with an arrest for drug possession. Now, after cleaning up his act, he is suing ABC to get his job back - under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

In an interview with CNN news anchor Paula Zahn on "American Morning with Paula Zahn," Nader said that after his arrest, he "met all of the criteria that ABC asked me to meet in terms of getting my life back. I went away, I did my recovery, I came back, I enrolled in an outpatient program for another year at Hazelton, New York, so I was ready to go back to my craft and go back to work."

But ABC executives, according to his account, said: "We do not want you on the show, and we never want you back on the show."

He went on to describe for Zahn the popularity of his character among the show's fans. "I was on the show for 10 years," he said. "So there was a big outcry to have me (back) on. In fact, to my understanding, my character is not off the show. He's still talked about, he's on a business trip."

"That is one heck of a business trip," Zahn remarked.


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