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Encyclopedia > Reg Park
Reg Park
Personal Info
Birth June 8, 1928,
Flag of England Leeds, England
Death November 22, 2007 (aged 79),
Flag of South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 250 lb (114 kg)
Professional Career
Best win ,

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Brief history

Reg Park began his successful bodybuilding career lifting weights at a friend's house. Unlike today's proliferation of modern gym equipment, Park's legendary physique would grow from barbells, dumbbells and a simple chinning bar. Upon discharge from the military in 1948, he saw his very first physique contest. This was the inaugural NABBA Mr. Universe contest, in which John Grimek edged out over Steve Reeves in controversial fashion. It was this contest that inspired Reg Park to compete himself.


Park won the 1949 Mr. Britain, and then subsequently spent six months in the United States (thanks to a gift from his loving parents). There, he met up with famed publisher Joe Weider, who began to feature the Englishman prominently in his muscle magazines. The next year, Park was runner-up to Steve Reeves in the 1950 NABBA Amateur Mr. Universe in London (also a close contest). Stephen L. Reeves (January 21, 1926 – May 5, 2000), was a bodybuilder, actor, and author. ...


But then Park broke what had been an American monopoly on bodybuilding titles by easily winning the 1951 NABBA Amateur Mr. Universe. He cemented his superstar status by winning (seven years apart)the 1958 and 1965 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe titles. Standing 6'2" and with a top weight of 250 pounds, Park was known for his muscular mass that was the forerunner to modern bodybuilding today. Park was also renowned for his strength, which he often demonstrated in public performances. It is on record that he was the first bodybuilder to bench press 500 lbs.


Just as famous for his mass and strength, Reg Park was an early influence and lifelong mentor to champion bodybuilder and current Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.[1] Bonus footage from the DVD release of the classic documentary film Pumping Iron (1977) features Park mentoring Schwarzenegger. Park can also be heard performing the Master of Ceremonies duties in the Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia Contests featured in the film proper. Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation IPA: ) (born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-born American bodybuilder, actor, and politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ... For the Beavis and Butt-head episode, see Pumping Iron (Beavis and Butt-head episode). ... Mr. ... Mr. ...


As an actor, Park made only five films — all Italian Hercules sword and sandal — but he remains a favorite among fans of the genre. D. W. Griffith set out to depict the splendor of ancient Babylon in Intolerance. ...


Reg Park's legacy is continued by his son, Jon Jon Park, a personal trainer and former Olympic Swimmer. Reg Park raised and trained Jon Jon in South Africa. Today Jon Jon Park is the owner of the Legacy Gym, a popular gymnasium in West Los Angeles, CA. The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... West Los Angeles, also called the Westside, is generally considered to be the portion of Los Angeles, California and its suburbs that lies east of the Pacific Ocean including Brentwood, west of La Brea Avenue (varying definitions set the boundary at Fairfax Avenue or even the eastern border of Beverly...


Reg Park was always active in bodybuilding and fitness. Up to the time of his illness, In his seventies and up to the time of his illness in 2007, Park continued to train clients at the Morningside Virgin Active Gym in Sandton, South Africa. He has been featured in many fitness and bodybuilding magazines, and has also appeared on the cover of MUSCLE magazine. He was inducted into the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB) Hall of Fame's first ballot in 1999.


With his adoring wife Mareon of 55 years, and their loving family by his side, Reg Park passed away on November 22, 2007 at his home in South Africa, after an eight month battle with metastatic melanoma (a form of skin cancer). Melanoma is a malignant tumor of melanocytes which are found predominantly in skin but also in the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). ...


Filmography

  • Ercole Alla Conquista Di Atlantide (1961) Italty. aka Hercules and the Captive Women (1963)
  • Ercole Al Centro Della Terra (1961) Italy. aka Hercules in the Haunted World (1961) co-starring Christopher Lee
  • Maciste Nelle Miniere Di Re Salomone (1964) Italy. aka Maciste in King Solomon's Mines (1964)
  • Ursus, Il Terrore Dei Kirghisi (1964). Italy. aka Hercules, Prisoner of Evil (1964)
  • Sfida Dei Giganti (1965) Italy. aka Hercules The Avenger (1965)

Hercules in The Haunted World (Ercole Al Centro Della Terra) is a 1961 sword and sandal film directed by famed Italian horror director Mario Bava and starring British-born bodybuilder Reg Park as Hercules and legendary British actor Christopher Lee as his nemesis, Lico. ... For other persons named Christopher Lee, see Christopher Lee (disambiguation). ...

See also

This is a list of professional bodybuilders. ...

External links

  • Reg Park at the Internet Movie Database
  • Reg's personal site
  • An interview of Reg Park for the french magazine Lexnews

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Reg Park, the Italian master of sweaty sinews and superhuman strength, confronts a witch who has incredible, mystical powers which enable her to turn men into werewolves.
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