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.
. Later in his life, Reeves promoted drug-free bodybuilding and bred horses. A keen fitness & weight lifting enthusiast, Rhames is also well known for his strong spiritual beliefs and benevolent attitude towards other people. In that year he appeared as himself in the made-for-television A&E Biography: Arnold Schwarzenegger - Flex Appeal. The talented actor then contributed attention grabbing performances in Bringing Out the Dead (1999), reprised his Luther Stickell role for Mission: Impossible II (2000), contributed his deep bass voice for the character of Cobra Bubbles in Lilo & Stitch (2002), and played a burly cop fighting cannibal zombie hordes in Dawn of the Dead (2004). His last on-screen appearance was in 2000. Lemmon, who tried unsuccessfully to give the award back to Rhames said it was "...one of the sweetest moments I've ever known in my life." The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced later that they would have a duplicate award prepared for Rhames.

He went on to appear, starting in the 1950s, in a string of Samson and Hercules-type (also known as sword and sandal) movies. At the ceremony Rhames gave his award to Jack Lemmon saying "I feel that being an artist is about giving, and I'd like to give this to you." Lemmon was clearly touched by the gesture as was the celebrity audience who gave Lemmon a standing ovation. Reeves first film was the 1949 Kimbar of the Jungle, made for television. Rhames won a Golden Globe in 1998 for best actor in a TV miniseries for his performance in HBO's "Don King: Only in America". De Mille, who considered him for the part of Samson. With solid performances in both these highly popular productions, his face was now well known to movie goers, and the work offers began rolling in more frequently. After WWII military service, Reeves came to the attention film director Cecil B. Not long after, Rhames was cast alongside Tom Cruise as the ace computer hacker, Luther Stickell in Brian de Palma's Mission: Impossible (1996).

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 found work as a supporting actor, and came to the attention of the general public in Pulp Fiction as Marsellus Wallace (1994). He was handsome, personable, and had a magnificent physique. Ving continued his rise to fame through his work in soap operas. Reeves was the right man in the right place at the right time. He first appeared on Broadway in the play "The Winter Boys" in 1984. No champion was known to the general public--that is, until Steve Reeves came along. He studied at the Julliard School of Drama, and began his career in New York theater.

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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.

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