Steve Reeves

Steve Reeves (Stephen L. Reeves) (January 21, 1926 - May 5, 2000), was a bodybuilder, actor, and author.

Bodybuilding

Born in Glasgow, Montana, Reeves became interested in bodybuilding as a teenager, long before the rise in general interest in the activity. His competitive bodybuilding period was brief, but he won the following events:

  • 1946 - Mr. Pacific Coast
  • 1947 - Mr. Pacific Coast
  • 1947 - Mr. America
  • 1948 - Mr. World
  • 1950 - Mr. Universe

By his own account, his best cold (unpumped) measurements at the peak of his bodybuilding activity were:

  • Height: 6' 1"
  • Weight: 216
  • Neck: 18 1/2"
  • Chest: 52"
  • Waist: 29"
  • Biceps: 18 1/4"
  • Thighs: 26"
  • Calves: 18 1/4"

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Encylopedia of Modern Bodybuilding states:

By [the 1940s] the distinction between lifting weights purely for strength and training with weights to shape and proportion the body had been clearly made. ... However, bodybuilding still remained an obscure sport. No champion was known to the general public--that is, until Steve Reeves came along. Reeves was the right man in the right place at the right time. He was handsome, personable, and had a magnificent physique. Survivors from the Muscle Beach era recall how crowds used to follow Reeves when he walked along the beach, and how people who knew nothing about him would simply stop and stare, awestruck.

Acting

After WWII military service, Reeves came to the attention film director Cecil B. De Mille, who considered him for the part of Samson.

Reeves first film was the 1949 Kimbar of the Jungle, made for television. He went on to appear, starting in the 1950s, in a string of Samson and Hercules-type (also known as sword and sandal) movies. His last on-screen appearance was in 2000. In that year he appeared as himself in the made-for-television A&E Biography: Arnold Schwarzenegger - Flex Appeal.

Later life

Later in his life, Reeves promoted drug-free bodybuilding and bred horses. The last two decades of his life were spent in Valley Center (Escondido), California.


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The last two decades of his life were spent in Valley Center (Escondido), California. On his passing in 1976, Maxie Rosenbloom was interred in the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, California. Later in his life, Reeves promoted drug-free bodybuilding and bred horses. In 1972, Rosenbloom was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993. In that year he appeared as himself in the made-for-television A&E Biography: Arnold Schwarzenegger - Flex Appeal. His 300 boxing matches brought thousands of head punches that eventually led to the deterioration of his motor functions. His last on-screen appearance was in 2000. In 1937, he accepted a role in a Hollywood film and after retiring from boxing in 1939 he operated nightclubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles while acting in a number of films, usually playing comedic roles as a big, clumsy, punch-drunk lout.

He went on to appear, starting in the 1950s, in a string of Samson and Hercules-type (also known as sword and sandal) movies. He held and defended the title until November of 1934 when he lost it to Bob Olin. Reeves first film was the 1949 Kimbar of the Jungle, made for television. Dubbed Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom because at times he seemed to slap his opponent rather than punch, he nevertheless won the Light Heavyweight Championship of the World in 1932. De Mille, who considered him for the part of Samson. Not a heavy puncher, as a professional boxer he relied on hitting and moving to score points, his fights often going the full number of required rounds. After WWII military service, Reeves came to the attention film director Cecil B. Growing up in a tough neighborhood, Maxie Rosenbloom learned to defend himself.

Survivors from the Muscle Beach era recall how crowds used to follow Reeves when he walked along the beach, and how people who knew nothing about him would simply stop and stare, awestruck.. Maxie Rosenbloom, born September 6, 1903 in Harlem, New York City, United States – died March 6, 1976 in South Pasadena, California, was a boxing champion and film actor. He was handsome, personable, and had a magnificent physique. Reeves was the right man in the right place at the right time. No champion was known to the general public--that is, until Steve Reeves came along.

However, bodybuilding still remained an obscure sport. .. By [the 1940s] the distinction between lifting weights purely for strength and training with weights to shape and proportion the body had been clearly made. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Encylopedia of Modern Bodybuilding states:.

By his own account, his best cold (unpumped) measurements at the peak of his bodybuilding activity were:. His competitive bodybuilding period was brief, but he won the following events:. Born in Glasgow, Montana, Reeves became interested in bodybuilding as a teenager, long before the rise in general interest in the activity. Reeves) (January 21, 1926 - May 5, 2000), was a bodybuilder, actor, and author.

Steve Reeves (Stephen L. Calves: 18 1/4". Thighs: 26". Biceps: 18 1/4".

Waist: 29". Chest: 52". Neck: 18 1/2". Weight: 216.

Height: 6' 1". Universe. 1950 - Mr. World.

1948 - Mr. America. 1947 - Mr. Pacific Coast.

1947 - Mr. Pacific Coast. 1946 - Mr.

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