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Re: Sword and Sandal - Bodybuilders - Peplums stars
« Reply #225 on: July 31, 2020, 06:42:48 AM »
peplum star of the day rod flash = Biography
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Born   1932 in Iran
Died   2012 in Tehran, Iran  (pneumonia)
Birth Name   Ilush Khoshabe
Height   6' 2" (1.88 m)
Mini Bio (1)
Iloosh Khoshabe was born in 1932 in Iran as Ilush Khoshabe. He was an actor, known for The Seven Tasks of Ali Baba (1962), The Invincible Brothers Maciste (1964) and Vulcan, Son of Jupiter (1962). He died in 2012 in Tehran, Iran.
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Re: Sword and Sandal - Bodybuilders - Peplums stars
« Reply #226 on: July 31, 2020, 06:46:22 AM »
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 1995Gard-e vizheh
 1993Yaran
 1993The Viper
Baktash
 1982Sesso e volentieri (as Richard Lloyd)
 1978Pugni, dollari e spinaci
Leo Coppola (as Richard Lloyd)
 1975Due Magnum .38 per una città di carogne
Giancarlo Proietti (as Richard Lloyd)
 1973The Little Warriors (as Ilush)
 1972Abbase and Jafar Barmaki
 1971Ahmad chakmei (as Ilush)
 1969Ghool biabooni
 1969Pahlevan-e pahlevanan
 1968Az-jangozashtegan (as Iloosh)
 1968Keshtye Noah
Abdollah (as Ilush)
 1968Tariq Ul-Khatahay
 1966Hossein Kord Shabestari
Hossein Kord (as Ilush)
 1964The Invincible Brothers Maciste
Maciste the Elder (as Richard Lloyd)
 1963Hercules, Samson & Ulysses
Samson (as Richard Lloyd)
 1962The Seven Tasks of Ali Baba
Ali Baba (as Rod Flash Ilosh)
 1962Vulcan, Son of Jupiter
Vulcan - Blacksmith Titan (as Rod Flash)
 1961The Dragon's Tooth (as Ilush)
 1958Bijan va Manijeh (as Ilush)
 1956Ghezel arsalan (as Ilush)
 1955Prince Arsalan
Amir Arsalan (as Ilush)
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Alternate Names: Rod Flash | Iloosh | Rod Flash Ilosh | Ilush | Richard Lloyd
Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Re: Sword and Sandal - Bodybuilders - Peplums stars
« Reply #227 on: July 31, 2020, 06:47:48 AM »
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« Reply #228 on: August 01, 2020, 07:34:57 AM »
peplum star of the day = yann larvor   Biography
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Yann Larvor is an actor, known for Samson and the Mighty Challenge (1964), The Colossus of Rhodes (1961) and Les tringleuses (1975).
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« Reply #229 on: August 01, 2020, 07:35:51 AM »
Actor (6 credits)
 1983Dorothée, danseuse de corde (TV Movie) (as Yann L'Arvor)
 1975Les tringleuses
Martin (as Yann L'Arvor)
 1967Deux romains en Gaule (TV Movie)
 1964Samson and the Mighty Challenge
Ursus (as Yann L'Arvor)
 1961The Colossus of Rhodes
Mahor
 1958Premier mai (uncredited)
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Re: Sword and Sandal - Bodybuilders - Peplums stars
« Reply #230 on: August 02, 2020, 12:02:01 PM »
peplum star of the day = joe robinson. Biography
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Born   May 31, 1927 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, UK
Died   July 3, 2017 in Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK  (undisclosed)
Birth Name   Joseph William Robinson Harle
Height   6' 2" (1.88 m)
Mini Bio (1)
Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1927 (not 1929 as some references give) Joe Robinson came from a famous family of wrestlers. Both his father Joseph Robinson Senior and grandfather John were world champions. Following in their footsteps Joe Junior won the wrestling European Heavyweight Championship in 1952, beating Axel Cadier in London. At that time he was billed as Tiger Joe Robinson. He was also interested in acting and studied at R.A.D.A. After injuring his back wrestling in Paris, Joe decided to concentrate on acting, and after a few bit parts in films his first leading role came in the keep-fit documentary Fit as a fiddle (1952). He also played Harry "Muscles" Green in the musical Wish You Were Here (1952) on the West End stage. His most memorable film role was in A Kid For Two Farthings (1955) in which he wrestled Primo Carnera. Like most muscular actors he was invited to Rome in 1960 where he appeared in five Italian epics. At the same time, Joe and his younger brother Doug Robinson became popular stunt arrangers, particularly on the James Bond films. Joe and Doug, together with Honor Blackman co-authored the book "Honor Blackman's Book of Self-Defence" published by Andre Deutsch in 1965. Joe was also a judo champion and black belt at karate, and opened a martial arts centre in Brighton where he is now retired.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Marshall

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Brother of actor/stunt man Doug Robinson
Doug and Joe Robinson taught actress Honor Blackman Judo self-defense tactics for her part in The Avengers (1961). The two brothers appeared as foils in many pictures for her 1965 book 'Honor Blackman's Book of Self-Defence'.
Hit the headlines in 1998 when he fought off a gang of eight muggers single-handed. The 70-year-old former bodybuilder and Italian epic star was getting off a bus in Cape Town, South Africa when the gang struck with baseball bats and knives. 6 ft 2 ins Joe poleaxed two with flying kicks, karate-chopped another in the chest and broke the arm of a fourth. The rest fled!
Was offered the part of the Rank Gong Man, but feared being typecast in that role and declined. The job went to Ken Richmond - another wrestler.
He ran a martial arts centre in Brighton.
Children from first marriage: Joe and Lisa. From second marriage: Kate and Polly.
Of his eleven grandchildren Kyra is an IBJIF jiu-jitsu champion and Phoebe is a stunt woman.
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Re: Sword and Sandal - Bodybuilders - Peplums stars
« Reply #231 on: August 02, 2020, 12:02:52 PM »
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 1973Diamonds on Wheels (TV Movie)
Ashley's Bodyguard (uncredited)
 1971Diamonds Are Forever
Peter Franks
 1969The Undertakers (Short)
Garage Mechanic
 1966Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Arkwright's son
- Girl of My Dreams (1966) ... Arkwright's son
 1966Pardon the Expression (TV Series)
Gerry
- Self Defence (1966) ... Gerry
 1963The Saint (TV Series)
Austin
- The Saint Plays with Fire (1963) ... Austin
 1963The Avengers (TV Series)
Max
- November Five (1963) ... Max
 1963Thor and the Amazon Women
Thor
 1963Doctor in Distress
Sonja's Boy Friend
 1963Taur, il re della forza bruta
Taur
 1962The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
Mr. Roach
 1961Tartar Invasion
Ursus
 1961Barabbas
Bearded Gladiator
 1961Erik the Conqueror
Garian (uncredited)
 1961Carry on Regardless
Dynamite Dan
 1961Probation Officer (TV Series)
Mr. Phillips
- Episode #2.22 (1961) ... Mr. Phillips
 1960The Bulldog Breed
Tall Sailor
 1960The Strange World of Gurney Slade (TV Mini-Series)
Farm Human
- Episode #1.3 (1960) ... Farm Human
 1960Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Man walking in pub (uncredited)
 1960Meet the Champ (TV Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1960)
 1960The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll
Corinthian (uncredited)
 1960Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Dale Brookwood
- Episode #1.357 (1960) ... Dale Brookwood
 1959Action Stations
Pete Archer
 1959Hancock's Half Hour (TV Series)
- The Beauty Contest (1959)
 1958Sea Fury
Hendrik
 1958Female Fiends
Sven
 1957The Flesh Is Weak
Lofty
 1957Fighting Mad
Mike
 1957Murder Reported
Jim
 1956Die ganze Welt singt nur Amore
Max, der Athlet
 1956Before Your Very Eyes (TV Series)
- Episode #4.2 (1956)
 1955A Kid for Two Farthings
Sam Heppner
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Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Re: Sword and Sandal - Bodybuilders - Peplums stars
« Reply #232 on: August 02, 2020, 12:06:13 PM »
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Re: Sword and Sandal - Bodybuilders - Peplums stars
« Reply #233 on: August 27, 2020, 11:31:43 AM »
peplum star of the day paul wynter Biography
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Born   October 28, 1935 in St. John's, Antigua
Died   January 14, 2019 in Manchester, England, UK
Height   5' 8" (1.73 m)
Mini Bio (1)
Paul Wynter was born on October 28, 1935 in St. John's, Antigua. He was an actor, known for The Corridor People (1966), Atlas Against the Cyclops (1961) and Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules (1961). He died on January 14, 2019 in Manchester, England.
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Bodybuilder who was Mr. Universe in 1960 and 1966.
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Re: Sword and Sandal - Bodybuilders - Peplums stars
« Reply #234 on: August 27, 2020, 11:34:03 AM »
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 1966The Corridor People (TV Series)
Second Negro
- Victim as Black (1966) ... Second Negro
 1961Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules
Bango
 19615 marines per 100 ragazze
Sam
 1961Atlas Against the Cyclops
Mumba
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 1974The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club (TV Series)
Self
- Episode #2.2 (1974) ... Self
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Re: Sword and Sandal - Bodybuilders - Peplums stars
« Reply #235 on: August 27, 2020, 11:36:50 AM »
Paul Wynter

Height 5'8"

Weight 180

1956

Mr Universe - NABBA, Medium, 1st

1957

Mr Europe, Physique, 4th
Mr Universe - NABBA, Medium, 2nd

1958

Mr Universe - NABBA, Medium, 1st

1959

Universe - Pro - NABBA, Short, 1st

1960

Universe - Pro - NABBA, Overall Winner
Universe - Pro - NABBA, Short, 1st

1965

Universe - Pro - NABBA, Short, 1st

1966

Universe - Pro - NABBA, Overall Winner
Universe - Pro - NABBA, Short, 1st

1972

Universe - Pro - NABBA, Short, 5th

1977

World Championships - WABBA, Professional, 5th

1983

Universe - Pro - NABBA, 8th

Magazines

1958 January   Vol 87, Num 3   Health and Strength
1958 August   Vol 87, Num 18   Health and Strength
1959 June   Vol 88, Num 13   Health and Strength
1960 August   Vol 89, Num 17   Health and Strength
1960 October   Vol 89, Num 20   Health and Strength
1962 August   Vol 91, Num 16   Health and Strength
1963 March   Vol 92, Num 6   Health and Strength
1965 March   Vol 94, Num 5   Health and Strength
1965 November   Vol 94, Num 24   Health and Strength
1966 November   Vol 95, Num 23   Health and Strength
1967 August   Vol 96, Num 16   Health and Strength
1968 April   Vol 97, Num 9   Health and Strength
1971 April   Vol 100, Num 4   Health and Strength
1993 March   Vol 4, Num 5   Hardgainer
1997 April   Vol 123, Num 2   Health and Strength
2011 November   Vol 29, Num 9   Flex
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Re: Sword and Sandal - Bodybuilders - Peplums stars
« Reply #236 on: August 27, 2020, 11:38:58 AM »
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Re: Sword and Sandal - Bodybuilders - Peplums stars
« Reply #237 on: August 28, 2020, 06:48:23 AM »
peplum star of the day serge nubret    Biography
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Born   October 6, 1938 in Anse-Bertrand, Guadeloupe, France
Died   April 19, 2011 in Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
Height   6' (1.83 m)
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Born in Guadaloupe in 1939, Serge Nubret moved to Paris in the 1950s and discovered bodybuilding. Nubret has won the titles Mr. Europe (1966), Mr. Universe (1976), and Mr. World (1977). He also came in third place in the 1973 Mr. Olympia competition and came in second in 1975, bested only by Arnold Schwarzenegger. In addition, Nubret was once the Europe Director of the International Federation of Body Building. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Serge Nubret also acted in several films in the 1960s.
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« Reply #238 on: August 28, 2020, 06:51:54 AM »
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 1986Sins (TV Mini-Series)
Masseur
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Masseur
 1984Série noire (TV Series)
Pierrot
- Sa majesté le flic (1984) ... Pierrot
 1981The Professional
L'infirmier au procès
 1980Petit déjeuner compris (TV Mini-Series)
Sissou Lemarchand
- Episode #1.6 (1980) ... Sissou Lemarchand
- Episode #1.5 (1980) ... Sissou Lemarchand
- Episode #1.4 (1980) ... Sissou Lemarchand
- Episode #1.3 (1980) ... Sissou Lemarchand
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Sissou Lemarchand
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 1979We'll Grow Thin Together
Le body-builder club de gym
 1978Fire's Share
 1975Les demoiselles à péage
Boulou
 1974Impossible Is Not French
 1972César and Rosalie
Un acheteur de métaux
 1970The Cop
Le Noir
 1969The Seven Red Berets
Martinez
 1968Les aventures de Tom Sawyer (TV Mini-Series)
Jim 'black-Jim'
- Episode #1.4 (1968) ... Jim 'black-Jim'
- Episode #1.3 (1968) ... Jim 'black-Jim'
- Episode #1.2 (1968) ... Jim 'black-Jim'
- Episode #1.1 (1968) ... Jim 'black-Jim'
 1967Salle n° 8 (TV Series)
Mamadou
- Episode #1.65 (1967) ... Mamadou
- Episode #1.64 (1967) ... Mamadou
- Episode #1.63 (1967) ... Mamadou
- Episode #1.61 (1967) ... Mamadou
- Episode #1.50 (1967) ... Mamadou
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 1965Thirteen Days to Die
Pongo
 1964Un gosse de la butte
Vincent
 1963Goliath and the Rebel Slave
Milan (as Serge Noubret)
 1962My Son, the Hero
Rator
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 1977Pumping Iron (Documentary)
Self
 1976ABC's Wide World of Sports (TV Series)
Self - Contestant
- Episode dated 11 April 1976 (1976) ... Self - Contestant
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Re: Sword and Sandal - Bodybuilders - Peplums stars
« Reply #239 on: August 28, 2020, 06:53:53 AM »

1963

Universe - Pro - NABBA, Tall, 2nd

1964

Universe - Pro - NABBA, Tall, 2nd

1969

Universe - Pro - NABBA, Tall, 3rd
Mr World - IFBB, Tall, 2nd

1970

Mr Europe - IFBB, Tall, 1st

1972

Olympia - IFBB, 3rd

1973

Olympia - IFBB, 2nd

1974

Olympia - IFBB, HeavyWeight, 3rd

1975

Olympia - IFBB, HeavyWeight, 2nd

1976

Olympus - WBBG, 2nd
Universe - Pro - NABBA, Winner
Universe - Pro - NABBA, Tall, 1st

1977

Olympus - WBBG, Winner
Universe - Pro - NABBA, 2nd
Pro Mr World - WBBG, Winner

1978

Universe - Pro - NABBA, 2nd

1981

Pro World Cup - WABBA, 2nd

1983

World Championships - WABBA, Professional, 1st

Magazines

1961 May   Vol 11, Num 5   Muscle Builder
1961 August   Vol 90, Num 16   Health and Strength
1962 January   Vol 11, Num 10   Muscle Builder
1962 October   Vol 91, Num 20   Health and Strength
1963 October   Vol 92, Num 22   Health and Strength
1964 June   Vol 93, Num 12   Health and Strength
1968 March   Vol 97, Num 7   Health and Strength
1971 March   Vol 2, Num 10   Peak Muscle Maker
1972 June   Vol 13, Num 4   Muscle Builder
1976   Vol 105, Num 9   Health and Strength
1976   Vol 105, Num 8   Health and Strength
1976   Vol 105, Num 4   Health and Strength
1977 September   Vol 1, Num 3   Bodybuilding World
1977 September   Num 62   Muscle Training Illustrated
1978       Muscle Mag Annual
1978 February   Vol 2, Num 1   Muscle Digest
1979 May   Num 14   Muscle Mag International
1980 January   Num 81   Muscle Training Illustrated
1980 April   Vol 4, Num 2   Muscle Digest
1980 July   Num 19   Muscle Mag International
1981 April   Vol 110, Num 4   Health and Strength
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Re: Sword and Sandal - Bodybuilders - Peplums stars
« Reply #240 on: August 28, 2020, 06:56:24 AM »
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Re: Sword and Sandal - Bodybuilders - Peplums stars
« Reply #241 on: November 10, 2020, 11:32:14 AM »
star of the day steve reeves      
Steve Reeves


Height 6'1"

Weight 213

Born January 21, 1926 Glasgow, Montana

Died May 1, 2000

description of Mr Pacific Coast Contest



1946

Mr Pacific Coast - AAU, Overall Winner
Mr Pacific Coast - AAU, Tall, 1st

1947

Mr America - AAU, Winner
Mr Pacific Coast - AAU, Winner
Mr Western America - AAU, Winner

1948

Mr USA, 2nd
Mr Universe - NABBA, 2nd
Mr Universe - NABBA, Tall, 1st
Mr World, Winner

1949

Mr USA, 3rd

1950

Mr Universe - NABBA, Overall Winner
Mr Universe - NABBA, Tall, 1st

Magazines

1947   Vol 7, Num 5   IronMan
1947 August   Vol 2, Num 8   Chicago Bodybuilder
1947 August       Strength and Health
1947 September   Vol 7, Num 6   Your Physique
1947 October   Vol 2, Num 10   Chicago Bodybuilder
1947 October   Vol 3, Num 5   Muscle Power
1947 November   Vol 76, Num 21   Health and Strength
1948 April   Vol 9, Num 1   Your Physique
1948 September   Vol 6, Num 4   Muscle Power
1948 October   Vol 77, Num 21   Health and Strength
1949 January   Vol 9, Num 1   IronMan
1949 January   Vol 10, Num 4   Your Physique
1949 February   Vol 78, Num 3   Health and Strength
1949 April   Vol 7, Num 5   Muscle Power
1950 January   Vol 12, Num 4   Your Physique
1950 April   Vol 13, Num 1   Your Physique
1950 July   Vol 79, Num 14   Health and Strength
1950 August       Strength and Health
1950 August   Vol 13, Num 5   Your Physique
1950 October   Vol 79, Num 20   Health and Strength
1951 February   Vol 80, Num 3   Health and Strength
1951 June   Vol 15, Num 3   Your Physique
1952   Vol 1, Num 2   Mr Universe
1952 March   Vol 16, Num 6   Your Physique
1952 May   Vol 6, Num 5   The Bodybuilder
1953   Vol 1, Num 8   Mr Universe
1953 May   Vol 7, Num 5   The Bodybuilder
1953 August   Vol 82, Num 16   Health and Strength
1954 April       Reg Park Journal
1954 May   Vol 17, Num 4   Muscle Power
1954 August   Vol 3, Num 1   Muscle Builder
1955 February       Reg Park Journal
1955 March       Reg Park Journal
1956 January       Reg Park Journal
1956 April   Vol 6, Num 3   Muscle Builder
1957 March       Reg Park Journal
1957 May       Reg Park Journal
1957 June   Vol 86, Num 13   Health and Strength
1958 May   Vol 1, Num 4   Mr America
1958 July   Vol 1, Num 6   Muscle Sculpture
1958 July       Reg Park Journal
1964 October   Vol 1, Num 10   Muscular Development
1964 December   Vol 14, Num 10   Muscle Builder
1965 December   Vol 7, Num 12   Muscle Builder
1966 July   Vol 95, Num 15   Health and Strength
1967 December   Vol 96, Num 25   Health and Strength
1968 April   Vol 5, Num 4   Muscular Development
1970 March   Vol 99, Num 3   Health and Strength
1970 November   Vol 7, Num 11   Muscular Development
1976       Muscle Mag Annual
1977 September   Num 62   Muscle Training Illustrated
1977 November   Num 63   Muscle Training Illustrated
1983 May   Vol 44, Num 5   Muscle and Fitness
1992 November   Vol 4, Num 3   Hardgainer
1995 May   Vol 54, Num 5   IronMan
1996 July   Vol 122, Num 3   Health and Strength
2000 July   Vol 12, Num 1   Hardgainer
2000 October   Vol 126, Num 4   Health and Strength
2002 January   Vol 128, Num 1   Health and Strength
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« Reply #242 on: November 10, 2020, 11:34:07 AM »
Steve Reeves
Biography
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Born   January 21, 1926 in Glasgow, Montana, USA
Died   May 1, 2000 in Escondido, California, USA  (complications from lymphoma)
Height   6' 1" (1.85 m)
Mini Bio (2)
Though he did not possess a Herculean acting talent by any stretch, handsome bodybuilder Steve Reeves certainly had an enviable Herculean physique, and made plenty good use of it in Europe during the late 1950s and early 1960s portraying some of filmdom's most famous bronzed gods. Reeves was originally a Montana boy born on a cattle ranch in 1926. His destiny was revealed early in the game when, at the age of six months, he won his first fitness title as "Healthiest Baby of Valley County." His father Lester died in a farming accident when Steve was just a boy, and his family moved to Oakland (California). He first developed an interest in bodybuilding while in high school.

Steve joined the Army in his late teens where his job was loading boxcars and trucks. He also worked out loyally at the gym during his free time and the combination helped develop his body quite rapidly. Following Army service (he served for a time in the Pacific), he decided to pursue bodybuilding professionally. In 1946, at the age of 20, he won "Mr. Pacific Coast" in Oregon, which led to his titles of "Mr. Western America" (1947), Mr. America" (1947), "Mr. World" (1948) and, ultimately, "Mr. Universe" (1950).

With all the body-worshiping publicity he garnered, he decided to travel to New York to study and pursue acting. He subsequently returned to California...and Hollywood. There were not huge opportunities for a muscleman in Tinseltown other than providing pectoral background. Steve was, however, considered for the lead role in Cecil B. DeMille's biblical costumer Samson and Delilah (1949), but refused when told by the legendary director he would have to lose some of his musculature (about 15 lbs.). The part instead went to Victor Mature. Steve did manage to snag the role of a detective in infamous director Edward D. Wood Jr.'s Jail Bait (1954). Small parts on TV also came his way, but they too were mostly posing bits or walk-ons. To the Hollywood power players, Steve was just a body. Whether he could act or not was not a concern or selling point. Fans just wanted to see him take his shirt off.

Down on his luck, Steve's fortunes change when Italian film director Pietro Francisci saw him play Jane Powell's boyfriend in the feature film Athena (1954) and persuaded him to go overseas to star in Hercules (1958) (US title: "Hercules"). Though critics dismissed the film as "muddled mythology" while denigrating its cheapjack production values (including a poorly-dubbed sound track), the public went crazy over the sword-and-sandal epic and, in particular, Steve's marvelous beefcake heroics. He became an "overnight" star. Sequels followed, none any better or worse, with him going through the paces as a number absurdly-muscled biblical and mythological figures. An able horseman, he also performed many of his own stunts. Moreover, he paved the way for other pumped-up acting hopefuls (Ed Fury, Mark Forest, Reg Park) to seek their fame and fortune in Italy as a feature-length Samson, Ursus or Colossus. Nobody, however, came close to topping Steve in popularity.

A shoulder injury forced Steve's retirement, spending the remainder of his life promoting steroid-free bodybuilding while living on a ranch and breeding horses. The more recent bodybuilders of fame such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, both Hercules impersonators of yore, have given Steve significant credit for their respective acting successes. Married twice, Steve died in Southern California of lymphoma on May 1, 2000, at age 74.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Steve Reeves is regarded by many as the greatest bodybuilder of all time for his legendary symmetrical physique, visionary bodybuilding techniques, dedication and love for the sport through which he won five bodybuilding titles between 1946 and 1950. His peak measurements were: 6'1" at 216 lbs. with 18½" arms, 52" chest, and a 29" waist, partly depicting his creation: "The Classic Physique."

Steve Reeves was born in Montana in 1926, yet by age 10 moved to Oakland, California where he first became captivated with the art of bodybuilding at age 16, placing pioneer John Grimek as his top role model. After two years of bodybuilding Steve's body weight reached 203 lbs by high school graduation, but was he then inducted into the Army. He was assigned to Company A of the 25th Division and was sent to the front lines in the Philippines where he endured to continue his bodybuilding training, becoming known as "The Shape" among his fellow GIs. After WWII had ended he was part of the occupational forces sent to Japan and was stationed there from September 1945 to September 1946. After his service ended, he entered and won several bodybuilding championships becoming: "Mr. Pacific Coast" (1946), "Mr. Western America" (1947), "Mr. America" (1947), "Mr. World" (1948) and "Mr. Universe" (1950) announcing his retirement from bodybuilding competition that very night after he won.

From that point onward Reeves set his sights on the silver screen as well as the small screen. He made several appearances on variety shows of the early-to-mid 1950s and non-starring roles during 1954 in two films: Athena (1954) starring Debbie Reynolds and Ed Wood's Jail Bait (1954). In 1957, he had been called to Italy to play the lead role Hercules in "Le Fatiche di Ercole" which was filmed during the summer and autumn of 1957 with a USA premiere in 1959. The tremendous worldwide success of "Hercules," (the USA title), led to a sequel and many other Italian epic films many based on heroes played by Reeves. These roles included Romulus, Phillipides, Captain Henry Morgan, Glaucus, and Sandokan. With 20 film/TV acting credits to his name by 1968, Steve Reeves retired from film and returned to California to live on his ranch, remaining committed to his lifelong belief in natural, drug-free bodybuilding through his writings and personal appearances. Steve Reeves has served as a great inspiration to many bodybuilders such as Sylvester Stallone and Lou Ferrigno, and millions of others the world over for all that he was: a genuine hero, a true man, an authentic gentleman, the first (and to many fans the only true) Hercules, and nothing less than the greatest bodybuilder of all time.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: CL Candela

Spouse (2)
Aline Czartjarwicz   (24 June 1963 - 24 July 1989) ( her death)
Sandra Smith   (31 January 1955 - 4 September 1956) ( divorced)
Trade Mark (3)
Strong, statuesque frame
Usually starred in peplums, playing mythical heroes
Often stood in positions that allowed him to showcase his muscular biceps
Trivia (40)
His wife, Aline, died of complications from a stroke in 1989. He wrote "Building the Classical Physique -- The Natural Way". Through his Steve Reeves International Society Web site, he promoted supplements and powders with natural ingredients. He moved to Oakland with his family as a child and began lifting weights when he was 16 years old.
Mr. Universe 1950
Mr. America 1947.
Mentioned in the song "Sweet Transvestite" from the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).
At the peak of his bodybuilding career at age 23, he was 6' 1", 200 pounds, with a chest measuring 48 inches, a 29-inch waist, and had 17 1/2-inch biceps.
Such bodybuilders such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and David Prowse have credited Reeves as a role model for the bodybuilding world.
Often confused with, and is not related to, George Reeves, who played Superman on TV in the 1950s. While working on a studio next to the set where the Superman series was filmed, producers once threatened to fire George after an argument and replace him with Steve.
In 1949 director Cecil B. DeMille considered (and came very close) casting Reeves as Samson in Samson and Delilah (1949) after Burt Lancaster proved unavailable. Although DeMille liked Reeves and thought he was perfect for the role, a dispute between Reeves and the studio over his physique forced DeMille to recast the role of Samson with Victor Mature. After becoming popular in the late 1950s and 1960s, Reeves turned down the roles of James Bond in Dr. No (1962) and the Man With No Name in A Fistful of Dollars (1964).
He loved horses and was a great rider himself. Italian producers later found that to be an advantage, since Reeves usually did his own stunts in his films and they didn't have to hire a horse riding double for him. After retiring from films due to a shoulder injury, Reeves bought a ranch and took up breeding horses professionally.
He was a friend of "Tarzan" actor Gordon Scott, and recommended him for the role of Remus in Duel of the Titans (1961). The producers originally wanted Reeves to play both Romulus and Remus through some doubling, but Reeves convinced them that it would be more effective to have another actor playing Remus.
His voice was dubbed in his Italian epics. The only films where his real voice is heard are Jail Bait (1954) and Athena (1954).
His entire bodybuilding career consisted of 8 contests.
His mother was a nutritionist.
He survived numerous life-threatening experiences as a child, including being hit by a car and dragged, being thrown from a horse and sleeping through an earthquake as a child in Montana. When he couldn't be accounted for, family members found him sound asleep, his bedroom teetering on the brink of a three-story fall.
Took him 4 weeks to get into contest shape for his Mr. America victory.
Was of Welsh, Irish, English and German descent
Served in the Philippines during WWII, contracted malaria, and served his remaining time under Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the occupation of Japan.
Prior to its release, Ridley Scott's Gladiator (2000) was being referred to by some writers as the first "Steve Reeves type" movie in decades. It had also been written that Scott was amiss in not getting Reeves to at least do a cameo. Sadly, Reeves died on the very day that "Gladiator" premiered..
While filming The Last Days of Pompeii (1959) (a remake of The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)), the chariot he was driving struck a tree and he dislocated his shoulder. This put an end to his more intense exercise routines and caused problems in the following years.
He was reportedly diagnosed with lymphoma only six weeks prior to this death.
He was played by Michael J. Nelson in the episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) that showed his film Hercules Unchained (1959).
He often criticized the use of steroids in bodybuilding because he felt that it undermined the health value and the challenge of bodybuilding as a sport. He once remarked, "Body builders used to come in all shapes and sizes. Now they all look like Arnold [Schwarzenegger]."
Almost paradoxically, Reeves' impressive physique prompted filmmakers to put him into a variety of "bondage" situations. Two such situations are cited in the book: "Lash! The Hundred Greatest Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies." Ranking 7th is Reeves' flogging in Duel of the Titans (1961) and ranking 24th is his flogging in The White Warrior (1959).
Though proud of his work as Hercules, he was always disappointed that his other films did not receive much recognition. He once remarked "I only did two Hercules films, but everyone seems to think I did ten."
Took up power walking (which combined swinging hand held weights in both hands while walking) in order to compensate for the damage done to him by his shoulder injury.
He was the undisputed king of the European produced sword and sandal/mythological muscleman epics. Although he became an international sensation, the core of his film career lasted only 5 years (1958-1963)and a staggering 15 epic productions during that period. Afterward, he made another "Sandokan" feature and attempted a film in the next big Italian film craze, the spaghetti western, before retiring from the screen.
Is credited by Sylvester Stallone for inspiring Stallone to work out and build up his body and later became friends with Reeves after he became famous.
Was offered a third Hercules film after "Hercules Unchained" but declined in favor of pursuing other roles.
Summer 1948, at Cannes, France, won the title of "Le plus bel homme du monde". This was documented in a French b&w short film with cinematography by Raymond Clunie and Georges Zaidler, with René Charrois as assistant camera operator and Jacques Verillon as technical consultant.
Although he was regarded as the "king of the muscle man movies," after doing two movies as Hercules ("Hercules" (1958) and "Hercules Unchained" (1959)), Steve Reeves turned down further Hercules movies and similar roles for other sword and sandal epics that had more substance to their stories.
Was crowned 1947 AAU Mr. America. Contest was held in Chicago, Illinois, June 29, 1947 at Lane Tech H.S., in conjunction with the 1947 AAU Senior National Weightlifting Championships (Olympic Style). In it Steve won a very close decision over 2nd place winner, future Pro Wrestler, Eric Pederson.
Steve Reeves's body was cremated and his ashes were specifically scattered in Montana, the state where he was born.
For his competition days, he is credited with being the first bodybuilder to go to a salon to have his hair styled as part of his "total presentation.".
He was signed by producer George Pal to star as Doc Savage in the motion picture that would eventually become "Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze" (1975). A prolonged writer's strike caused Reeves and the original director to drop out of the project.
He used his G.I. Bill benefits to attend the California Chiropractic College in San Francisco.
His appearance in Edward D. Wood, Jr.'s "Jail Bait" (1954) earned him his Screen Actor's Guild card.
It was reportedly an agent that suggested to him to consider acting.
In the heyday of his film career, he became the highest paid actor in Europe.
At the height of his European produced spectacles, he was reportedly the top boxoffice draw in over 25 countries.
By 1960 Reeves was being offered more Italian epics than he had time to make. Variety announced on 27 April 1960 that Reeves was being offered Judas, a forthcoming epic to be produced by Giuseppe Amato for Riama Film, (the same producer and company of La Dolce Vita (1960)). Like other projects, nothing more was ever heard of Judas.
Personal Quotes (1)
Filmmaking in Europe was a little different from working in the United States. There's a scene in 'Hercules' where I'm in chains -- they looked like steel, but they were actually made of wood -- and I had to swing these chains at my supposed enemies who were advancing towards me. Well, I didn't want to really strike someone so I kind of held back with my motions. The director yelled, 'Swing those chains! Swing them hard!' I said, 'I don't want to hurt someone.' And the director yelled back, 'If they don't get hurt, they don't get paid!'
Salary (1)
Le fatiche di Ercole (1958)   $12,000
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 2020Hercules Recycled 2.0
Burt Galaxy
 1968I Live for Your Death
Mike Sturges
 1964I pirati della Malesia
Sandokan
 1963Sandokan the Great
Sandokan
 1962The Avenger
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 1962The Slave
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 1961Duel of the Titans
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 1961The Thief of Baghdad
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 1960Morgan, the Pirate
Henry Morgan
 1959The Giant of Marathon
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 1959The Last Days of Pompeii
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 1959Goliath and the Barbarians
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 1959The White Warrior
Agi / Hadji Murad, the White Warrior
 1959Hercules Unchained
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 1957The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
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 1954Athena
Ed Perkins
 1954Jail Bait
Lieutenant Bob Lawrence
 1953Topper (TV Series)
Joe Manurki
- Reducing (1953) ... Joe Manurki
 1953Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Olympic Team Member (uncredited)
 1952Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
- Prison Doctor (1952)
 1951Stars Over Hollywood (TV Series)
- Prison Doctor (1951)
 1949Kimbar of the Jungle (TV Short)
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Publicity Listings: 5 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 6 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »
Official Sites: Steve Reeves International Society
Alternate Names: Steve Reeves Mr. Universe of 1950 | S. Reeves
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
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