Bodybuilding legend and some time actor Reg Park died Nov. 22 in
Johannesburg, South Africa, of skin cancer. He was 79.
MSTies will remember his performance as Hecules in episode 412 -
HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN.
Reg Park was born in Leeds, England, named after his father, a
gymnasium proprietor and owner of the Reg Park Barbell Company. Reg
took up bodybuilding in 1946. He finished Mr. Universe runner-up to
future film rival Steve Reeves in 1950, then won the title outright
in 1951, 1958 and 1965. After marrying South African-born Mareon
Isaacs in 1952, the Parks moved permanently to South Africa where
Reg ran a chain of fitness studios.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger considered Park his friend and
mentor. Schwarzenegger lived and trained with him in the late ’60s.
It was Reg who urged Arnold to try a movie career.
Check out his web
L.A. Times obit here.