|Born||January 21, 1926|
Glasgow, Montana, USA
|Died||May 1, 2000 (aged 74) (complications from lymphoma)|
Escondido, California, USA
|Spouse(s)||Sandra Smith (1955-1956)|
Aline Czartjarwicz (1963-1989) (her death)
Stephen L. Events 1189 - Philip II of France and Richard I of England begin to assemble troops to wage the Third Crusade. Year 1926 ( MCMXXVI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Glasgow is a city in and the County seat of Valley County, Montana, United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Events 305 - Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor. 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Escondido ( "eskun-DEE-doe") is a city located in northern San Diego County California just north of the city of San Diego. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Reeves (January 21, 1926 – May 1, 2000), was an American bodybuilder, actor, and author. Events 1189 - Philip II of France and Richard I of England begin to assemble troops to wage the Third Crusade. Year 1926 ( MCMXXVI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 305 - Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor. 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Bodybuilding is the process of maximizing Muscle hypertrophy. An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works
Born in Glasgow, Montana, Steve Reeves moved to California at the age of 10 with his mother Goldie, after his father Lester Dell Reeves died in a farming accident. Glasgow is a city in and the County seat of Valley County, Montana, United States. California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. Reeves developed an interest in bodybuilding while in high school and trained at Ed Yarick's gym in Oakland. Bodybuilding is the process of maximizing Muscle hypertrophy. Oakland (ˈoʊklənd founded in 1852 is the eighth-largest city in the U By the time he was 17 he had developed a Herculean build, long before the rise in general interest in bodybuilding. Hercules is the Roman name for the Mythical Greek hero Heracles, son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmena. After graduating from high school, he entered the Army during the latter part of World War II, and served in the Pacific. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including
Reeves won the following bodybuilding titles:
By his own account, his best cold (unpumped) measurements at the peak of his bodybuilding activity were:
Reeves was known for his "V-taper" and for the great width of his shoulders, which Armand Tanny once measured at 23 1/2" using outside calipers. A caliper ( British spelling also calliper) is a device used to measure the distance between two symmetrically opposing sides Fortunate to possess a very symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing body structure, further perfected by training, Reeve's physique has been admired ever since his prime.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's Encyclopedia 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. Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger ( German ˌaɐnɔlt aloʏs ˈʃvaɐtsənɛɡɐ born July 30 1947 is an Austrian American Bodybuilder, Actor . . . 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. Muscle Beach refers to either Muscle Beach Venice, an area in Venice, California, United States, on Ocean Front Walk two blocks north of
After his military service, Reeves decided to try his hand at acting, having been told endlessly that he had the rugged good looks of a Hollywood star. After some intensive actor training, he came to the attention of film director Cecil B. De Mille, who considered him for the part of Samson in Samson and Delilah (1949). Cecil Blount DeMille ( August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959) was an Academy Award -winning American Film director Samson, Shimshon ( Hebrew: שמשון, Standard Šimšon Tiberian Šimšôn; meaning Samson and Delilah ( 1949) is a film made by Paramount Pictures, produced and directed by Cecil B After a dispute over his physique in which De Mille and the studio wanted Reeves to lose 15 pounds of muscle, the part finally went to Victor Mature. Victor Mature ( 29 January 1913 – 4 August 1999) was an American Film actor.
In 1954 he had a co-starring role in his first major motion picture, the musical Athena playing Jane Powell's boyfriend. Athena is a romantic musical comedy released on 4 November 1954 by MGM. Jane Powell (born April 1 1929) is an American Singer, dancer and actress. The same year Reeves had a small role as a cop in the Ed Wood film Jail Bait. Ed Wood redirects here For the film see Ed Wood (film, and for the former British Foreign Secretary see E Jail Bait is a 1954 Ed Wood Crime film starring Wood's then-girlfriend Dolores Fuller and Lyle Talbot. This is one of the few opportunities to hear Reeves' voice as most of his later films were dubbed. Reeves' appearance in Athena prompted Italian director Pietro Francisci's daughter to suggest him for the role of Hercules in her father's upcoming movie. Pietro Francisci ( Sept 9 1906 Rome - 1977 was an Italian Film director, best remembered for the film Hercules (1958 which inspired Hercules is the Roman name for the Mythical Greek hero Heracles, son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmena. In 1957, Reeves went to Italy and played the title character in Francisci's Hercules, which was released in Italy in February 1958 and in the U. Italy (Italia officially the Italian Republic, (Repubblica Italiana is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest Hercules ( 1958) is an Italian Feature film based upon the Hercules myths and the Quest for the Golden Fleece. S. in July 1959. The film's cinematographer Mario Bava claimed credit for suggesting that Reeves grow a beard for the role. Mario Bava ( July 31 1914 – April 25 1980) was an Italian director, Screenwriter, and Cinematographer Following the U. S. release, the film was an enormous hit and created a new sub-genre of the sword and sandal film (also known as the peplum film): the 'Hercules' or 'strong man' movie. Sword and sandal films or pepla (singular= peplum) are a Genre of adventure or Fantasy films that have subjects set in Biblical Sword and sandal films or pepla (singular= peplum) are a Genre of adventure or Fantasy films that have subjects set in Biblical The film is now in public domain and can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. The public domain is a range of abstract materials &ndash commonly referred to as Intellectual property &ndash which are not owned or controlled by anyone The Internet Archive ( IA) is a Nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining an on-line Library and archive of Web and
From 1959 through 1964, Reeves went on to appear in a string of sword and sandal movies, and although he is best known for his portrayal of the Greek hero Hercules, he played the character only twice - in the 1958 film Hercules and the sequel Hercules Unchained (released in the U. Hercules is the Roman name for the Mythical Greek hero Heracles, son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmena. Hercules ( 1958) is an Italian Feature film based upon the Hercules myths and the Quest for the Golden Fleece. S. in 1960). He played a number of other characters on screen, including Sir Edward George Bulwer-Lytton's Glaucus of Pompeii; Goliath (also called Emiliano); Tatar hero Hadji Murad; Romulus, the legendary founder of Rome (opposite Gordon Scott as his twin brother Remus); the famous Olympian and war-time messenger of the Battle of Marathon, Pheidippides (The Giant of Marathon); pirate and self-proclaimed governor of Jamaica Captain Henry Morgan; and Karim, the Thief of Baghdad. Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton 1st Baron Lytton ( May 25, 1803 – Pompeii is a ruined and partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples and Caserta in the Italian region of Campania, in Goliath ( גָּלְיָת, Standard Hebrew Golyat, Tiberian Hebrew Golyāṯ, Arabic: جالوت Jalut (Muslim Tatars ( Tatar: Tatarlar/Татарлар sometimes spelled Tartars, are a Turkic -speaking ethnic group or multiple ethnic groups Hadji Murad (Хаджи-Мурат (late 1790s - April 23 ( N Romulus (c 771 BC– c 717 BC and Remus (c 771 BC–c 753 BC are the traditional founders of Rome, appearing in Roman mythology Rome ( Roma ˈroma Roma is the capital city of Italy and Lazio, and is Italy's largest and most populous city with more than 2 Gordon Scott ( August 3, 1926 - April 30, 2007) was an American actor known for his portrayal of Tarzan in five films (and one compilation Romulus (c 771 BC– c 717 BC and Remus (c 771 BC–c 753 BC are the traditional founders of Rome, appearing in Roman mythology The marathon is a long-distance foot race with an official distance of 42 Pheidippides (el Φειδιππίδης sometimes given as Phidippides or Philippides) hero of Ancient Greece, is the central figure in a story which The Giant of Marathon was a 1959 sword and sandal film It was directed by Jacques Tourneur and Mario Bava (Bava had to step in to Admiral Sir Henry Morgan (Hari Morgan in Welsh) ( ca 1635 &ndash August 25, 1688) was a Welsh Privateer, who made a name Baghdad (بغداد) is the Capital of Iraq and of Baghdad Governorate, with which it is also coterminous Twice he played Aeneas of Troy and twice he played Emilio Salgari's Malaysian hero, Sandokan. This article is about the Roman hero For other uses see Aeneas (disambiguation. Troy ( Greek: grc Τροία Troia, also, Ilion; Latin: Trōia, Īlium, Hittite: Wilusa or Emilio Salgari (correctly salˈgaːɾi but often erroneously; August 21, 1862 – April 25, 1911) was an Italian writer of Sandokan is a famous fictional pirate of the late nineteenth century who first appeared in publication in 1883
Paramount considered Reeves for the title role of their film version of the Broadway musical Li'l Abner in 1958, but the part eventually went to Peter Palmer. Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and Distribution company, based in Hollywood California. Broadway theater, commonly called simply Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 39 large professional theaters with 500 seats or more located For the film based on the musical see Li'l Abner Li'l Abner is a musical with a book by Norman Panama and Peter Palmer (b 20 September 1931 in Milwaukee Wisconsin) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Li'l Abner, both on Broadway and on After the box office success of Hercules, Reeves turned down a number of parts that subsequently made the careers of other actors. A box office is a place where tickets are sold to the public for Admission to a venue He was asked to star as James Bond in Dr. No (1962), which he turned down. James Bond 007 is a Fictional character created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve Novels and two Short story Dr No (1962 is the first Film in the James Bond series, and the first to star Sean Connery as British Secret Service agent He also declined the role that finally went to Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars (1964). Clinton "Clint" Eastwood Jr (born May 31 1930 is a four-time Academy Award winning American Actor and Filmmaker. A Fistful of Dollars ( Per un Pugno di Dollari in Italy and officially on-screen in the U
During the filming of The Last Days of Pompeii, Reeves dislocated his shoulder when his chariot crashed into a tree. The Last Days of Pompeii is a novel written by the baron Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1834. The chariot is the earliest and simplest type of Carriage, used in both peace and war as the chief vehicle of many ancient peoples Reeves pulled the joint back into its socket by himself and chose to continue filming and performing his own stunts. Swimming in a subsequent underwater escape scene he reinjured his shoulder. The injury would be aggravated by his stunt work in each successive film, ultimately leading him to retire early.
In 1968 Reeves appeared in his final film, a spaghetti western which he also co-wrote, titled A Long Ride From Hell, fulfilling his wish to make a Western before he retired. Spaghetti Western, also known in some countries in mainland Europe as the Italo-Western, is a nickname for a broad sub-genre of Western A Long Ride from Hell, in the original Italian known as Vivo per la tua morte, is a 1968 film directed by Camillo Brazzoni The Western is a fiction Genre seen in Film, Television, Radio, Literature, Painting and other Visual arts. George Pal had considered him for the title role of Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze but delays in filming had the part eventually go to Ron Ely. George Pal ( February 1, 1908 &ndash May 2, 1980) born György Pál Marczincsák, Doc Savage The Man of Bronze is a 1975 camp Action film starring Ron Ely as pulp hero Doc Savage. Ronald Pierce "Ron" Ely (born June 2, 1938) is the stage name of the American actor and novelist born in Hereford Texas. At the peak of his career, he was the highest-paid actor in Europe. His last screen appearance was in 2000 when he appeared as himself in the made-for-television A&E Biography: Arnold Schwarzenegger - Flex Appeal. Biography is a Documentary television series. Originally produced by CBS in 1962 and hosted by Mike Wallace, the A&E Network
Later in his life, Reeves promoted drug-free bodybuilding and bred horses. Hercules ( 1958) is an Italian Feature film based upon the Hercules myths and the Quest for the Golden Fleece. Morgan the Pirate is a 1961 Film by André De Toth and Primo Zeglio, and starring Steve Reeves. Sandokan is a famous fictional pirate of the late nineteenth century who first appeared in publication in 1883 The Pirates of Malaysia (also known as The Pirates of the Seven Seas) is a 1964 Swashbuckler directed by Umberto Lenzi. A Long Ride from Hell, in the original Italian known as Vivo per la tua morte, is a 1968 film directed by Camillo Brazzoni The last two decades of his life were spent in Valley Center (Escondido), California. Valley Center is a Census-designated place (CDP in San Diego County, California, United States. He bought a ranch with his savings and lived there with his second wife Aline until her death in 1989. On May 1, 2000, Reeves died from complications of lymphoma. Events 305 - Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor. 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Lymphoma a type of Neoplasm that originates in Lymphocytes (a type of White blood cell in the vertebrate Immune system)