Stephen L. "Steve" Reeves (21 January 1926 - 1 May 2000) was an American bodybuilder and actor. He was born in Glasgow, Montana. He moved to California with his mother at age 10. He trained as a bodybuilder. He joined the US Army and served in the Pacific during World War II.
Reeves started acting after leaving the military. In 1954, he had some small parts and was on television. In 1957, he starred in Hercules, a low cost movie based on the ancient Greek stories of the Golden Fleece. The movie was a great success. It made $5 million in the United States.
From 1959 through 1964, Reeves starred in many low cost peplum movies. His shoulder was hurt while making a movie. He made the decision to retire from both movies and bodybuilding. He purchased a ranch and bred horses. Reeves died from lymphoma in Escondido, California in 2000.
Other websites [change]
- An Interview with Steve Reeves by Roy Frumkes, from The Perfect Vision Magazine, Volume 6, Issue #22, July 1994
- How Steve Reeves Trained by John Grimek, Muscular Development November 1964, account of how Reeves trained to prepare for the 1950 Mr. Universe competition at the York Barbell Club gym
- Steve Reeves at the Internet Movie Database
- Steve Reeves at the Internet Broadway Database
- Steve Reeves at Find a Grave
- Feature Films: Hercules
- Feature Films: Hercules Unchained
- Steve Reeves Gallery