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. Victor Sjöström passed away in Stockholm at the age of eighty and was interred there in the Norra begravningsplatsen. Later in his life, Reeves promoted drug-free bodybuilding and bred horses. For the next fifteen years, Sjöström performed a variety of leading roles in more than a dozen films and worked as director of the "Svensk Film Industri." At age 78 he gave his final acting performance, an acclaimed effort in the 1957 Ingmar Bergman film, Wild Strawberries. In that year he appeared as himself in the made-for-television A&E Biography: Arnold Schwarzenegger - Flex Appeal. Uncomfortable with the modifications needed to direct talking films, Victor Sjöström returned to Sweden where he directed two more silent films before his final directing effort in 1937, an English language drama filmed in the United Kingdom titled Under the Red Robe. His last on-screen appearance was in 2000. He went on to direct great stars of the day such as Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lillian Gish and Norma Shearer in another eight films in America before his first talkie in 1930.

He went on to appear, starting in the 1950s, in a string of Samson and Hercules-type (also known as sword and sandal) movies. In 1924, using the Americanized name, Victor Seastrom, he made Name the Man, a dramatic film based on the Hall Caine novel. Reeves first film was the 1949 Kimbar of the Jungle, made for television. In Sweden, he acted in his own films as well as in those for others but in Hollywood, he devoted himself to directing. De Mille, who considered him for the part of Samson. Mayer to work in the United States. After WWII military service, Reeves came to the attention film director Cecil B. Between then and 1923, he directed another forty-one films before accepting an offer from Louis B.

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.. Drawn from the stage to the fledgling motion picture industry, he made his first silent film in 1912 under the direction of Mauritz Stiller. He was handsome, personable, and had a magnificent physique. From this, he went on to become one of the most important forces in the development of the Swedish film industry. Reeves was the right man in the right place at the right time. Returning to live with relatives in Stockholm, he was 17 years old when he began his acting career on stage as a member of a touring theater company. No champion was known to the general public--that is, until Steve Reeves came along. Born in Silbodal, Värmland County, Sweden, he was only a year old when his family moved to Brooklyn, New York where he remained until the death of his mother when he was seven years old.

However, bodybuilding still remained an obscure sport. Victor Sjöström, born September 20, 1879 - died January 3, 1960, was a Swedish actor, screenwriter, and film director. .. 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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