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. Steiger has a Bacon number of 2. William Rufus Shafter has a Steiger number of 8. See: Small world phenomenon. Later in his life, Reeves promoted drug-free bodybuilding and bred horses. The average Steiger number of a movie actor is 2.679 (compared to Bacon's 2.955). In that year he appeared as himself in the made-for-television A&E Biography: Arnold Schwarzenegger - Flex Appeal. Rod Steiger is the most linkable actor in the Internet Movie Database. His last on-screen appearance was in 2000. Rod Steiger has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.

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 is interred in the Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery. Reeves first film was the 1949 Kimbar of the Jungle, made for television. He died in Los Angeles of pneumonia and kidney failure at the age of seventy-seven. De Mille, who considered him for the part of Samson. Steiger called this refusal his "dumbest career move." He also turned down The Godfather. After WWII military service, Reeves came to the attention film director Cecil B. The role was then given to George C. Scott, who won the Oscar.

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.. He was offered the title role in Patton but turned it down because he did not want to glorify war. He was handsome, personable, and had a magnificent physique. Steiger had five wives, actress Sally Gracie (married 1952-divorced 1958), actress Claire Bloom (married 1959-divorced 1969), Sherry Nelson (married 1973-divorced 1979), Paula Ellis (married 1986-divorced 1997) and actress Joan Benedict (married 2000-his death 2002). Reeves was the right man in the right place at the right time. He was nominated for the Academy Award for his roles in On the Waterfront (1954), The Pawnbroker (1965) and The Hurricane (1999). No champion was known to the general public--that is, until Steve Reeves came along. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Sheriff Bill Gillespie in the 1967 movie In the Heat of the Night (1967) opposite Sidney Poitier.

However, bodybuilding still remained an obscure sport. Steiger appeared in over 100 motion pictures. .. After the war, he returned to New Jersey and joined a drama group before studying drama full-time under Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan at The Actor's Studio. 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. He ran away from home at age sixteen to join the US Navy during World War II. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Encylopedia of Modern Bodybuilding states:. He was born Rodney Stephen Steiger in Westhampton, New York.

By his own account, his best cold (unpumped) measurements at the peak of his bodybuilding activity were:. Rod Steiger (April 14, 1925 - July 9, 2002) was an American actor. 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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