Actor Steve Reeves

Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 6, 2008

I enjoyed the "muscle men" movies of the late 1950s and early '60s. Whatever happened to Steve Reeves, who starred in Hercules and Hercules Unchained?
—Dennis Slack, Scranton, Ohio

"I only did two Hercules films," Reeves once said. "But everybody thinks I did 10." That's because of his starring roles in numerous other foreign-made, dubbed-into-English "sword and sandal" sagas in which he played various muscle-bound men of yore, all with Hercules-like prowess. Reeves, a Montana-born bodybuilding superstar who was crowned both Mr. America and Mr. Universe before finding fame in Hollywood, was 74 when he died May 1, 2000—the very week, ironically, the blockbuster movie Gladiator hit the screens and introduced a new generation of moviegoers to swords and sandals.