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. John Ritter has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6631 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. Later in his life, Reeves promoted drug-free bodybuilding and bred horses. He is interred in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. In that year he appeared as himself in the made-for-television A&E Biography: Arnold Schwarzenegger - Flex Appeal. He passed away the same day as the death of country musician, Johnny Cash. His last on-screen appearance was in 2000. He collapsed during a taping of his TV series, 8 Simple Rules, on September 11, 2003, and died of an aortic dissection at the hospital in Burbank at the age of only 54.

He went on to appear, starting in the 1950s, in a string of Samson and Hercules-type (also known as sword and sandal) movies. Ritter's final movie role was as the store manager in Bad Santa (2003), starring Billy Bob Thornton and Bernie Mac. Reeves first film was the 1949 Kimbar of the Jungle, made for television. In 2002, he made a TV comeback with the ABC family sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. De Mille, who considered him for the part of Samson. John Ritter won the Theatre World Award in 2001 for his performance in The Dinner Party. After WWII military service, Reeves came to the attention film director Cecil B. It ran for three hundred and sixty-four perfomances.

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.. Ritter played Claude Pichon in The Dinner Party (2000) at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, which was written by Neil Simon. He was handsome, personable, and had a magnificent physique. He and Yasbeck had one daughter, Stella Ritter. Reeves was the right man in the right place at the right time. He and Morgan had three children, Carly Ritter, Tyler Ritter and Jason Ritter. No champion was known to the general public--that is, until Steve Reeves came along. Ritter had two wives, actress Nancy Morgan (married 1977-divorced 1996) and actress Amy Yasbeck (married 1999-his death 2003).

However, bodybuilding still remained an obscure sport. He also provided the voice for Clifford in the animated children's show Clifford the Big Red Dog, a role for which he received two Emmy nominations. .. He starred in many made-for-TV movies and made guest appearances on shows such as Ally McBeal and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 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. After Three's Company, he appeared in a number of movies, notably Problem Child, Academy Award winning Sling Blade and Noises Off. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Encylopedia of Modern Bodybuilding states:. In 1978, he played Ringo Starr's manager on the television special Ringo.

By his own account, his best cold (unpumped) measurements at the peak of his bodybuilding activity were:. Ritter went on to star in several stage performances before he was made a star by appearing in the hit TV series Three's Company in 1977, playing a single ladies man and culinary student, Jack Tripper, who lived with two female roommates. His competitive bodybuilding period was brief, but he won the following events:. Under Nina Foch, he studied acting with Stella Adler and the Harvey Lembeck Comedy Workshop. Born in Glasgow, Montana, Reeves became interested in bodybuilding as a teenager, long before the rise in general interest in the activity. Ritter soon changed his major to Theater Arts, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama. Reeves) (January 21, 1926 - May 5, 2000), was a bodybuilder, actor, and author. After two years, he was persuaded to join a drama class given by leading drama coach and actress, Nina Foch.

Steve Reeves (Stephen L. He went on to the University of Southern California, where he majored in psychology and minored in architecture. Calves: 18 1/4". Ritter attended Hollywood High School, where he was Student Body President. Thighs: 26". He was born Jonathan Southworth Ritter in Burbank, California, the son of Country singer/actor Tex Ritter and former actress Dorothy Fay. Biceps: 18 1/4". John Ritter (September 17, 1948 – September 11, 2003) was an American actor.

Waist: 29". Bad Santa (2003). Chest: 52". Tadpole (2002). Neck: 18 1/2". Panic (2000). Weight: 216. Terror Tract (2000).

Height: 6' 1". Tripfall (2000). Universe. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). 1950 - Mr. Dead Husbands (1999). World. It Came From the Sky (1999).

1948 - Mr. The Million Dollar Kid (1999). America. Bride of Chucky (1998). 1947 - Mr. A Gun, a Car, a Blonde (1997). Pacific Coast. Sink Or Swim (1997).

1947 - Mr. Sling Blade (1997). Pacific Coast. Mercenary (movie) (1996). 1946 - Mr. The Colony (1995). My Brother's Wife (1993).

Prison for Children (1993). Noises Off (1992). Stay Tuned (1992). Problem Child 2 (1991).

Everybody Wins (1990). It (1990). Problem Child (1990). The Last Fling (1989).

Skin Deep (1989). Tricks of the Trade (1988). Real Men (1987). Unnatural Causes (1987).

A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986). Letting Go (1985). Sunset Limousine (1983). In Love With An Older Woman (1982).

Pray TV (1982). They All Laughed (1981). The Comeback Kid (1980). Hero at Large (1980).

Americathon 1998 (1979). The Other (1972). 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (2002-2003). Scrubs (2002) Guest Appearance.

Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000-2003) voice. Ally McBeal (1998) Guest Appearance. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) Guest Appearance. Hearts Afire (1992-1995).

The Cosby Show (1991) Guest Appearance. Hooperman (1987-1989). Three's a Crowd (1984-1985). Flight of Dragons (1982) voice.

Ringo (1978). Three's Company (1977-1984). The Waltons (1973-1976).

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