Steve Reeves, the Mr. Reeves was 74 when he succumbed Monday to lymphoma, diagnosed eight weeks ago, at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. He made 19 films in his career, and while critics panned his acting, the movies were popular with the public, especially in Europe. With an imposing 6-foot-1, pound build, Reeves in his prime had broad shoulders, a inch chest, a inch waist and matinee-idol good looks. He won the Mr. America title in , the Mr.
Movie Hunk and Stage Actor Victor Mature is Dead at 86
Victor Mature - Alchetron, The Free Social Encyclopedia
He served on the troop transport ship Admiral Mayo. He was on Okinawa when the A-bomb was dropped on Japan. Applying for membership in the swank Los Angeles Country Club at the heighth of his fame, Mature was turned down and told that the golfing facility did not accept actors as members. His response: "I'm not an actor - and I've got 67 films to prove it! He attributed his success in Biblical spectacles to his ability to "make with the holy look. Attended the Kentucky Military Academy. One of his classmates was future fellow actor, Jim Backus Mr.
The first male film star to be officially labelled a "hunk," Victor Mature was the son of Swiss immigrants. When he arrived in California to study acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, Mature was so broke that he lived in a pup tent in a vacant lot and subsisted on canned sardines and chocolate bars. There was speculation amongst his fellow students that Mature's spartan lifestyle was deliberately engineered to draw publicity to himself; if so, the ploy worked, and by he'd been signed to a contract by producer Hal Roach. Mature's first starring film role was as Tumack the caveman in Roach's One Million BC , which enabled the fledgling actor to display his physique without being unduly encumbered by dialogue. In , Mature was signed by 20th Century-Fox as the "beefcake" counterpart to the studio's "cheesecake" star Betty Grable ; the two attractive stars were frequently cast together in Fox musicals, where a lack of clothes was de rigeur.