Friday, May 01, 2009

Steve Reeves

I remember Steve Reeves with great fondness from watching his films on television when I was a child. Today is the anniversary of his death from complications while undergoing treatment for lymphoma in 2000. The New York Times has a nice obituary. Stomp Tokyo has an overview.

There is information on his career as a bodybuilder here and here. His acting career is best remembered for his roles in various "sword and sandal" movies. There's not much in the way of film criticism about him online -that I can find, anyway.

As I blog the films I'll link them here:

Hercules (1958)
Hercules Unchained (1959)
The Giant of Marathon (1959)
The Last Days of Pompeii (1960)
The Thief of Baghdad (1961)

The image at the top of the post came from the Meeker Museum ("Dedicated to the pursuit of inner peace through movie stars") tribute page.


  1. Anonymous11:28 AM

    I _love_ Steve Reeves movies. He was the papa of all the Strongman movies of that era. Thanx.

    A Pal

  2. Anonymous11:00 AM

    What about his movie "The Son of Spartacus"

  3. I don't have that one and can't find it online anywhere. Is it in print?

  4. Steeve Reeves the Hercules to end all , was the man .When you looked at him you saw a Greek hero like you imagined one should look like , while never a major star it must be nice to be so connected to a memorable hero in history .