6'1" Steve Reeves became Mr. Universe in 1950. He became interested in bodybuilding as a teenager and promoted natural bodybuilding throughout his life. He had a difficult time in Hollywood where most people appreciated him only for his body and not his acting ability. The film that made him truly famous was 1958's Hercules. Reeves would go on to star in the sequel the following year and then appeared as a slew of other muscled heroes in Italian epics through the late 1960s. He died of lymphoma in 2000 on the same day that Ridley Scott's Gladiator premiered.