Bader started his career at the age of twenty after meeting a casting director at a dinner party in Santa Fe, New Mexico when on vacation with his parents. After this first gig, he returned to North Carolina, where he tried to go back to the School of Arts, but he couldn't manage it, and he then moved to Los Angeles.
After over a month of no success, he was hired by the people who had first employed him, and after several guest roles on popular television series such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Quantum Leap, and Diagnosis: Murder and Cheer, Bader got his first major role in Danger Theatre, where he played The Searcher.
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