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. He was also the lead of the mostly-new cast which creator David E. Kelley put in place in 2003 for ABC's The Practice (for which he won an Emmy Award) and was given the lead in that show's spinoff, Boston Legal. Later in his life, Reeves promoted drug-free bodybuilding and bred horses. James Todd Spader (born February 7, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an actor best known for his roles in movies such as Pretty in Pink, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Stargate, and Secretary. In that year he appeared as himself in the made-for-television A&E Biography: Arnold Schwarzenegger - Flex Appeal. Endless Love (1981). His last on-screen appearance was in 2000. Tuff Turf (1985).

He went on to appear, starting in the 1950s, in a string of Samson and Hercules-type (also known as sword and sandal) movies. The New Kids (1985). Reeves first film was the 1949 Kimbar of the Jungle, made for television. Pretty in Pink (1986). De Mille, who considered him for the part of Samson. Wall Street (1987). After WWII military service, Reeves came to the attention film director Cecil B. Mannequin (1987).

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.. Less Than Zero (1987). He was handsome, personable, and had a magnificent physique. Baby Boom (1987). Reeves was the right man in the right place at the right time. Jack's Back (1988). No champion was known to the general public--that is, until Steve Reeves came along. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989).

However, bodybuilding still remained an obscure sport. The Rachel Papers (1989). .. White Palace (1990). 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. Bad Influence (1990). Arnold Schwarzenegger's Encylopedia of Modern Bodybuilding states:. Moon 44 (1990).

By his own account, his best cold (unpumped) measurements at the peak of his bodybuilding activity were:. True Colors (1991). His competitive bodybuilding period was brief, but he won the following events:. Bob Roberts (1992). Born in Glasgow, Montana, Reeves became interested in bodybuilding as a teenager, long before the rise in general interest in the activity. Storyville (1992). Reeves) (January 21, 1926 - May 5, 2000), was a bodybuilder, actor, and author. The Music of Chance (1993).

Steve Reeves (Stephen L. Stargate (1994). Calves: 18 1/4". Wolf (1994). Thighs: 26". Dream Lover (1994). Biceps: 18 1/4". Crash (1996).

Waist: 29". 2 Days in the Valley (1996). Chest: 52". Critical Care (1997). Neck: 18 1/2". Curtain Call (1997). Weight: 216. Driftwood (1997).

Height: 6' 1". Keys to Tulsa (1997). Universe. Curtain Call (1999). 1950 - Mr. The Watcher (2000). World. Slow Burn (2000).

1948 - Mr. Supernova (2000). America. Speaking of Sex (2001). 1947 - Mr. Secretary (2002). Pacific Coast. Alien Hunter (2003).

1947 - Mr. I Witness (2003). Pacific Coast. Shadow of Fear (2004). 1946 - Mr.

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