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. Although he has not achieved star status through lead roles, he is one of the most reliable, consistent and sought-after character actors in Hollywood. Later in his life, Reeves promoted drug-free bodybuilding and bred horses. Harry Dean Stanton is an American actor. In that year he appeared as himself in the made-for-television A&E Biography: Arnold Schwarzenegger - Flex Appeal. Anger Management (2003). His last on-screen appearance was in 2000. Straight to Hell: The Alex Cox Collection (2003).

He went on to appear, starting in the 1950s, in a string of Samson and Hercules-type (also known as sword and sandal) movies. Sonny (2002). Reeves first film was the 1949 Kimbar of the Jungle, made for television. The Man Who Cried (2001). De Mille, who considered him for the part of Samson. The Pledge (2001). After WWII military service, Reeves came to the attention film director Cecil B. Sand (2000).

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.. The Green Mile (1999). He was handsome, personable, and had a magnificent physique. The Straight Story (1999). Reeves was the right man in the right place at the right time. The Mighty (1998). No champion was known to the general public--that is, until Steve Reeves came along. Fire Down Below (1997).

However, bodybuilding still remained an obscure sport. She's So Lovely(1997). .. Down Periscope (1996). 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. Midnight Blue (1996). Arnold Schwarzenegger's Encylopedia of Modern Bodybuilding states:. The Band - The Authorized Video Biography (1995; as narrator).

By his own account, his best cold (unpumped) measurements at the peak of his bodybuilding activity were:. Never Talk to Strangers (1995). His competitive bodybuilding period was brief, but he won the following events:. Playback (1995). Born in Glasgow, Montana, Reeves became interested in bodybuilding as a teenager, long before the rise in general interest in the activity. Blue Tiger (1994). Reeves) (January 21, 1926 - May 5, 2000), was a bodybuilder, actor, and author. Hostages (1993).

Steve Reeves (Stephen L. Hotel Room (1992). Calves: 18 1/4". Man Trouble (1992). Thighs: 26". The Fourth War (1990). Biceps: 18 1/4". Wild at Heart (1990).

Waist: 29". The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). Chest: 52". North (1988). Neck: 18 1/2". Mr. Weight: 216. Stars & Bars (1988).

Height: 6' 1". Twister (1988). Universe. Slam Dance (1987). 1950 - Mr. Pretty in Pink (1986). World. Fool for Love (1985).

1948 - Mr. One Magic Christmas (1985). America. Paris, Texas (1984). 1947 - Mr. Christine (1983). Pacific Coast. The Oldest Living Graduate (1983).

1947 - Mr. Repo Man (1983). Pacific Coast. Young Doctors in Love (1982). 1946 - Mr. Escape from New York (1981). UFOria (1981).

The Black Marble (1980). Private Benjamin (1980). Alien (1979). The Rose (1979).

Wise Blood (1979). Straight Time (1978). The Missouri Breaks (1976). 92 in the Shade (1975).

Farewell My Lovely (1975). Rancho Deluxe (1975). Cockfighter (1974). Where the Lillies Bloom (1974).

Zandy's Bride (1974). Dillinger (1973). Two-Lane Blacktop (1971). Kelly`s Heroes (1970).

'Til the End of the Night (1967). Cool Hand Luke (1967). Rebel Rousers (1967). The Hostage (1966).

Ride in the Whirlwind (1966). The Proud Rebel (1958).

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