January 21, 1926 - May 1, 2000
"I want to make it to 100 because if
I don't, it would be bad for my reputation."
Steve Reeves was a world famous body builder
and made his film debut in the Ed Wood film Jailbait.
He went on to become a household name, with his
appearances in the Hercules films, a mention in a song from The
Rocky Horror Picture Show and became the definition of eye
candy. See his career
Before his film success, Steve befriended a man
named Kenneth Kendall, who was an artist well known to the James Dean
crowd. Kendall (who died in 2006) made a career (obsession) out of
painting James Dean (whom he met only once) and other sexy man types like
Brando, Mitchum. Reeves no doubt totally got in to the adoration from
Kendall, and happily posed for him. You can see some examples of Kendall's
art on my friend Dave's page
devoted to Kenneth. Dave took me to Kendall's annual birthday party
for James Dean in February of '06 - turned out to be the last - and it was a
fascinating afternoon, actually, it was a trip.
Here are a couple of pictures of the party, and
of Kendall's house/homo - where I am sure Steve Reeves visited and uncloaked
Mr. Kendall himself was very nice, but clearly
not well. I was glad for this opportunity to visit, and thank Dave for
making it happen.
After Reeves retired from films, he devoted his
life to his other love, raising horses. He lived with his wife Aline (died
in 89) on a ranch outside of San Diego
in the middle of effing nowhere. Thanks goodness for my Magellan BITB.
Steve was diagnosed either in late February or
early March of 2000 with lymphoma, and died in the Palomar
Medical Center on the first of May, at 12:31 p.m.
He was 74 years old.
Reeves was cremated and scattered in his birth state, Montana.
Rest, you piece.