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. Shepard currently lives with his common-law wife, actress Jessica Lange. Later in his life, Reeves promoted drug-free bodybuilding and bred horses. Among his other works for the stage are Curse of the Starving Class in 1978, True West in 1980 and A Lie of the Mind in 1985. In that year he appeared as himself in the made-for-television A&E Biography: Arnold Schwarzenegger - Flex Appeal. Among his many works, Buried Child is considered one of his most prominent and received a Pulitzer Prize in 1979. His last on-screen appearance was in 2000. Shepard is also a well respected actor of stage and motion pictures.

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 works are known for being especially frank and often absurd, and particularly for having an authentic sense of the style and sensibility of the gritty modern American west. Reeves first film was the 1949 Kimbar of the Jungle, made for television. He was born Samuel Shepard Rogers in Fort Sheridan, Illinois. De Mille, who considered him for the part of Samson. Sam Shepard (born November 5, 1943) is an American playwright, writer and actor. After WWII military service, Reeves came to the attention film director Cecil B. 2004 The God of Hell.

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.. 2000 The Late Henry Moss. He was handsome, personable, and had a magnificent physique. 1993 Simpatico. Reeves was the right man in the right place at the right time. 1985 A Lie of the Mind. No champion was known to the general public--that is, until Steve Reeves came along. 1980 True West.

However, bodybuilding still remained an obscure sport. 1978 Curse of the Starving Class. .. 1979 Buried Child. 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. 1971 Mad Dog Blues. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Encylopedia of Modern Bodybuilding states:. 1969 Oh! Calcutta! (contributed sketches).

By his own account, his best cold (unpumped) measurements at the peak of his bodybuilding activity were:. 1967 La Turista. His competitive bodybuilding period was brief, but he won the following events:. 1964 Cowboys. 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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