Reeves, Steve

▪ American actor
in full  Steven Reeves 
born January 21, 1926, Glasgow, Montana, U.S.
died May 1, 2000, Escondido, California

      American bodybuilder and actor. He was one of the handsomest and best-built men of his era. By Reeves's own account, at his bodybuilding peak he stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 metres) tall, weighed 216 pounds (98 kg), had 18.25-inch (46.4-cm) biceps, a 52-inch (132-cm) chest, a 29-inch (74-cm) waist, and 38-inch (96.5-cm) hips. He reigned as Mr. America of 1947, Mr. World of 1948, and Mr. Universe of 1950 before parlaying his spectacular physique into a bonanza at the box office.

      Reeves's movie career began with small roles in 1954 but did not take off until he traveled to Europe, where, under the guidance of Italian producer Federico Teti, he took the lead role in Le fatiche di Ercole (1957; Hercules, 1959). Hercules was a box-office success in America and set the stage for a series of swashbuckling “sword-and-sandal” epics that showcased Reeves as a heroic strongman. Although Reeves had other Italian-American hits—Agi Murad il diavolo bianco (1959; The White Warrior, 1961), Gli ultimi giorni di Pompeii (1959; The Last Days of Pompeii, 1960), Il terrore dei barbari (1959; Goliath and the Barbarians, 1960), and La battaglia di Maratona (1959; The Giant of Marathon, 1960)—his thick wavy black hair, bright blue eyes, and Olympian physique seemed the very personification of Hercules. His stardom helped initiate a host of cheaply made Italian films for American consumption that eventually resulted in Sergio Leone (Leone, Sergio)'s “spaghetti westerns.” Reeves's last film, of a total of 18, was A Long Ride from Hell (1968). Although reportedly the highest-paid actor in Europe in 1967, he retired two years later to his estate in California to raise Morgan horses. Reeves was virtually the only bodybuilder prior to Arnold Schwarzenegger (Schwarzenegger, Arnold) to translate his muscles into money and international renown through a successful film career.

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