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Born in Glasgow, Montana, Steve Reeves moved
to California at age 10 with his mother Goldie Reeves, after his
father Lester Dell Reeves died in a farming accident. Reeves
developed an interest in bodybuilding in high school and trained
at Ed Yarick's gym in Oakland. By the time he was 17, he had
developed a Herculean physique, long before the general interest
in bodybuilding. After graduating from high school, he enlisted
in the Army during World War II, and served in the Pacific.
From 1959 through 1964, Reeves went on to
appear in a string of sword and sandal movies shot on relatively
small budgets, and although he is best known for his portrayal
of the Greek hero Hercules, he played the character only twice:
in the 1957 film and its 1959 sequel Hercules Unchained
(released in the US in 1960). His first Hercules film was
an 1958 Italian epic fantasy feature based upon the Hercules
myths and the Quest for the Golden Fleece. Hercules was
directed by Pietro Francisci and produced by Federico Teti. The
film spawned a sequel, Hercules Unchained (Italian: Ercole e la
Regina di Lidia), that also starred Reeves and Koscina.
In America, the Reeve's Hercules movie
generated a Dell comic book adaptation with illustrations by
John Buscema and a 33 RPM long-playing RCA Victor recording of
the film's soundtrack.
The first Hercules film was the first film
shot in Italy to use the French widescreen Dyaliscope process.
American producer Joseph E. Levine acquired the U.S.
distribution rights to the film, and, due in part to his
"saturation" promotional campaign (the film opened in 175
theaters alone in the New York City area), Hercules became a
major box-office hit.
Reeves was an accomplished horseman, and did all his own horse
stunts. His voice was not used however, and his lines were
dubbed into whatever language was required for local
distribution. According to Reeves, the chains attached to his
wrist bands for the climax were made of wood and painted to look
like metal, but he held back with his movements during the
climax when he was swinging them at the actors playing his
enemies, which annoyed the director, who instructed Reeves to
actually hit the actors and hit them as hard as he could. When
Reeves replied that he didn't want to hurt them, the director
said in broken English "They don't get hurt, they don't get
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