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Who Is Steve Reeves

Updated on January 19, 2014

Steve Reeves The Greatest

actor, bodybuilder, fitness advisor and author.

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.

Reeves developed an interest in bodybuilding while in high school and trained at Ed Yarick's gym in Oakland.

By the time he was 17 he had developed a Herculean build, long before the rise in general interest in bodybuilding.

After graduating from high school, he entered the Army during the latter part of World War II, and served in the Pacific.

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1946 - Mr. Pacific Coast

1946 - Mr. Western America

1947 - Mr. Pacific Coast

1947 - Mr. America

1948 - Mr. Universe Tall

1948 - Mr. World

1950 - Mr. Universe Tall & Overall

Steve Reeves a Simple Philosophy

Unlike many of the famous bodybuilders, Steve Reeve was never seen as a Gym Rat, Steve had a train hard and then forget it philosophy. Steve Reeves did not believe you should lift weights just for the sake of weights, you needed a goal for why you were lifting. From day to day after working to obtain a goal, Steve Reeves believed you should return to life as a normal person that just happened to have muscle.

It has been over 50 years since Steve Reeves competed in Bodybuilding Competitions and yet to this day Steve Reeves is held up as the perfect body, the body to work toward emulating. It was a sad day for all of us that looked up to Steve Reeves or had the pleasure of meeting this icon of Bodybuilding, when we heard on May 1st, 2000, that Steve Reeves had passed away. Like the Greek Gods, Steve Reeves will live on, for he shall be remembered.

Steve Reeves meets Hollywood

Steve Reeves had classic good looks and the physical attributes of the Greek Statues, so was it any wonder that those good looks and physique would be introduced into Hollywood movies? All of us were able to enjoy and admire Steve Reeves in the Italian movies about Hercules, during the 50's and 60's.

Steve Reeves movies inspired hundreds, perhaps thousands of young people around the world to get to the gym. Among those young me was a kid by the name of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

STEVE REEVES: The Filmography

>>Athena (1954) an MGM musical starring Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell, and Edmund Purdom

>>Jail Bait (1954) directed by Edward D. Wood Jr.

>>Hercules (1958) aka The Labors of Hercules

>>Hercules Unchained (1959) aka Hercules and the Queen of Lydia

>>The Giant of Marathon (1959) aka The Battle of Marathon

>>Goliath and the Barbarians (1959) aka Terror of the Barbarians

>>The Last Days of Pompeii (1959)

>>The White Warrior (1959) directed by Riccardo Freda

>>Morgan, the Pirate (1960)

>>The Thief of Bagdad (1960)

>>Duel of the Titans (1961) aka Romulus and Remus

>>The Trojan Horse (1961) aka The Trojan War

>>The Avenger (1962) aka The Last Glory of Troy

>>The Slave (1962) aka Son of Spartacus

>>Sandokan The Great (1964) directed by Umberto Lenzi

>>Pirates of Malaysia (1964) aka Pirates of the Seven Seas

>>A Long Ride From Hell (1967) spaghetti western


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Gods of War (Giant of Marathon / The Last Glory of Troy) (Double Feature)
Gods of War (Giant of Marathon / The Last Glory of Troy) (Double Feature)

Contains: The Giant of Marathon (1962). Steve "Hercules" Reeves plays the musclebound hero who defends Athens from Persian forces. A horse with incredible stamina, a double-crossing siren, epic land and sea battles and Reeves' amazing physique highlight this sowrd-and-sandal winner. "The Last Glory of Troy" (1962)The majestically muscular Steve Reeves slings a lot of swords, in this action-filled tale of a fight for freedom between Etruscan slave drivers and oppressed Trojans. This movie is not to be missed. AKA: "The Avenger"


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Steve reeves has been one of the greatest natural bodybuilders that world has produced

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Steve reeves has been one of the greatest natural bodybuilders that world has produced

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      Bigdaddyguru 5 years ago

      I watched all his movies when I was a kid

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      MusicFan57 6 years ago

      I still have my "Steve Reeves: A Tribute by Milton T. Moore, Jr." that I bought through mail order from the back of a magazine in 1983! I was thinking of doing a lens on Steve and then I found this one. Great lens!

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      NidhiRajat 6 years ago

      informative lens......

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      Fit_Over_40_Buzz 7 years ago

      Very nice lens. Thanks. I gave you a thumbs up, because it's a nice lens.

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      nlp 9 years ago

      Steve Reeves paved the way for the money, fame, and opportunities that current bodybuilders now take advantage of. Definitely an impressive man.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      A true natural bodybuilder he still has no equal.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Steve was the best ever. You'd never think a God would die. He is missed. A real "man's man."

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      Nara White Owl 9 years ago

      I like your squidoo page. I remember Steve Reevesas Hercules.