You'll find photos of beefcake actors from the 1930s through the 1980s. For some of the actors here, I'm currently trying to build pages.
Todd Armstrong (1937-1992)
Todd Armstrong's acting career lasted just a few brief years. His biggest role was as the title character in Jason and the Argonauts (1963; with Nancy Kovack and Honor Blackman). By the late 1960s, his acting career was gone. Armstrong committed suicide on November 17, 1992 at the age of 55.
Michael Blodgett (1940-2007)
Michael Blodgett has served as actor, writer, producer, and even choreographer for a variety of films and television shows. He made a big splash in the 1965 soap opera Never Too Young, but the series was cancelled in 1966. From there, he acted in a number of B movies, such as The Trip (1967), Catalina Caper (1967; with Tommy Kirk, and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970). He made a few more film appearances in the 1970s, but then stepped behind the camera; he's written screenplays for such films as Turner and Hooch (1989) and The White Raven (1998). Blodgett married actress Meredith Baxter in 1995, but the couple divorced in 2000. Sadly, he passed away on November 14, 2007, at the age of 67.
Jim Brown (b. 1936)
Pro football hall-of-famer Jim Brown was a fullback with the Cleveland Browns for about ten years in from the late 1950s through the late 1960s. His fame and good looks got him cast in a number of films in the late 1960 and 1970s, including Ice Station Zebra (1968), 100 Rifles (1969), and Riot (1969). In the 1970s, Brown starred in several blacksploitation films (such as Slaughter's Big Rip-Off in 1973). By the late 1970s, however, he concentrated his efforts on production rather than acting, although on occasion Brown still accepts film roles.
Georges Bruggeman (1904-1967)
Georges Bruggeman was born on November 1, 1904 in Antwerp, Belgium. He immigrated with his family to the US in l918 at the conclusion of World War I. After starving for four years during the war, he pledged that he and his family would never be hungry again. He began a workout regimen that earned him the California AAU title "Most Perfectly Developed Body" of 1928, the forerunner of the "Mr. California" contest. Attempting to break into the movie industry, he climbed the wall of a major studio to win a plumb role in a major film. His natural athletic ability led him to prefer the stunt business. He doubled for many of the major stars over the next 36 years, among them Buster Crabbe, Johnny Weissmueller, Clark Gable, Gig Young and Richard Green. He made the transition into bit work when he no longer felt the confidence in himself to perform stunts. His last film appearance was in the 1967 release The Graduate, where he can be seen warding off the cross wielding and swinging Dustin Hoffman at the church wedding. Georges Bruggeman passed away in June 1967 at the age of 62, a loss to his beloved family and friends.
Francis X. Bushman (1883-1966)
Handsome, charismatic stage actor Francis X. Bushman became the screen's first matinee idol soon after entering films in the early 1910s and was possibly the first beefcake actor. However, Bushman caused one of Hollywood's first scandals when he divorced his first wife (the mother of five of his children) to marry actress Beverly Bayne in 1918. The scandal wrecked both of their film careers. For the rest of his life, Bushman attempted film comebacks with some success, but he had better luck on stage and in radio. Into his eighties, he occasionally acted in B movies, including 12 to the Moon (1960; with Ken Clark) and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966; with Tommy Kirk and Deborah Walley). Soon after the release of the latter film, Bushman died at age 83 in August 1966.
Montgomery Clift (1920-1966)
Montgomery Clift was an accomplished stage actor before making his film debut in the 1948 western Red River. Throughout the 1950s, Clift was a hot property; his dashing good looks and acting talent helped him become popular with audiences and critics alike. Clift's life and career were seriously derailed in a 1957 car accident, which left him disfigured. Plagued by health problems his entire life, Clift passed away in 1966 at the age of 45.
Dennis Cole (1940-2009)
Handsome Dennis Cole acted in several films during his lengthy acting career, but he's better known for his prolific work in television. Cole began as a physique model in the early 1960s, modeling for Bob Mizer and other well-known photographers. Soon he moved to television and films. Cole starred in several television shows, including Felony Squad (1966-1969), Bracken's World (1969-1970), and Bearcats! (1972-1973). Cole also made numerous guest appearances on popular TV shows, such as Lancer, Charlie's Angels, and Pacific Blue. Cole passed away on November 15, 2009, at the age of 69.
Sean Connery (b. 1930)
Before starring as James Bond in the 1962 classic Dr. No, Connery made a number of low-budget films. The center photo is from the 1973 camp/cult classic Zardoz. An interesting note: in 1953, Connery entered the Mr. Universe competition, coming in third in the tall division. He was spotted for films in the contest.
Glenn Corbett (1933-1993)
Handsome Glenn Corbett got his start as a physique model for Bob Mizer's Athletic Model Guild, most often appearing on the pages of AMG's Physique Pictorial under the moniker Glenn Robinson. But by the end of the 1950s, Corbett had begun making films and ended his association with Mizer's studio. One of Corbett's earliest performances was in the Ed Wood-penned 1956 low-budget shocker The Violent Years. Also look for him in the William Castle film Homicidal (1961; with Patricia Breslin and Joan Marshall), which is an interesting version of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. He was more successful in television, starring in series such as Route 66, The Road West, and on the TV soap The Doctors. He's also the star of the made-for-TV movie The Stranger (1973), which aired on Mystery Science Theater 3000 as episode #305: Stranded in Space. Sadly, Corbett passed away in January 1993 at the age of 59 from lung cancer.
Jim Davis (1909-1981)
Rugged actor Jim Davis spent many years in Republic Studios' westerns, making dozens of them throughout the 1950s. But when Republic folded in the late 1950s, Davis had a tough time finding good roles. He acted in films sporadically in the 1960s but found a lot of work on episodic TV. In the 1970s, he made a comeback and took roles in a variety of projects. Today, he's best known for portraying Jock Ewing on the CBS primetime soap Dallas, Sadly, Davis died of brain cancer in 1981 at the age of 71.
Alain Delon (b. 1935)
French actor Alain Delon has acted in more than 100 films; he's also a writer and producer. His films include Once a Theif (1965), Lost Command (1966), and Girl on a Motorcycle (1968; with Marianne Faithfull). Delon is still a busy actor today.
Clint Eastwood (b. 1930)
Clint Eastwood spent many years in bit parts before being cast in the role of Rowdy Yates in the 1959-1966 TV series Rawhide. During a summer hiatus from the series, Eastwood finally hit it big on the big screen in the low-budget 1964 Sergio Leone spaghetti western Fistful of Dollars. Today, Eastwood's career is as successful as ever. The photo above shows Eastwood working out in the mid 1960s.
Sam Elliot (b. 1944)
Sam Elliot has been acting in film and on television for more than 30 years. His first big break came when he was cast on Mission: Impossible as Dr. Robert during the 1970-1971 season. From there, he starred in films such as the cult favorites Frogs (1972) and Lifeguard (1976). Elliot is still active in films today. He is married to actress Katharine Ross.
Chad Everett (1936-2012)
Chad Everett made several films early in his career, such as Get Yourself a College Girl (1964) and the low-budget horror film Journey into Midnight (1968). He had more success on television, starring in Medical Center. He passed away in July 2012 after a fight with lung cancer. The photo above is from Everett's 1963 TV series The Dakotas.
James Franciscus (1934-1991)
Family man James Franciscus got his start in films in the 1957 feature Four Boys and a Gun. Although he acted in a number of movies (most notably the 1969 western/sci-fi thriller The Valley of Gwangi), Franciscus is probably better known for his television roles in such popular series as Mr. Novak (1963-1965); Longstreet (1971-1972); and Hunter (1977). In the 1970s, Franciscus turned his efforts to producing and acting in many TV films. He passed away in 1991 at the age of 57.
Frank Griffin (b. 1929)
Much like his sisters, actresses Debra Paget and Lisa Gaye, Frank Griffin acted in several films in the 1950s, including The Giant Claw (1957; with Mara Corday and Jeff Morrow) and Bullwhip (1958; with Guy Madison and Rhonda Fleming. In the 1960s, Griffin abandoned his acting career in favor of working as a make-up artist for a number of Hollywood productions. He retired about ten years ago, but his daughter, Roxane Griffin, is very active as hair and makeup stylist for film productions. The above photo is from Griffin's 1955 film Teen-age Crime Wave, pictured with Sue England (Thanks to Michael Barnum).
John Hamill (b. 1947)
British physique model John Hamill crossed over into films in the early 1970s; one of his earliest vehicles was the 1970 horror flick Trog, which was Joan Crawford's last film. In the mid 1970s he acted in a couple of hardcore films, which he later claimed ruined his legitimate acting career. In the late 1970s, Hamill threw in the towel and began a career as a furniture refinisher.
George Hamilton (b. 1939)
George Hamilton broke into films with the 1960 release of Where the Boys Are. When his film career began to wane in the late 1960s, he made the switch to television, starring in a number of TV films, series, and in the mid-1990s, a talk show with his ex-wife, Alana. Hamilton's career is still going strong today.
Gregory Harrison (b. 1950)
Although Gregory Harrison acted in a few low-budget movies in the 1970s, including The Harrad Experiment and Fraternity Row, he's far better known for his prolific television work in such series as Trapper John, M.D.. Harrison has also made numerous TV movies; his best known is For Ladies Only, from which the above left photo comes. He's been married to actress Randi Oakes (CHiPs) for nearly 35 years.
Steve Hawkes (b. 1942)
Croatian born Steve Hawkes starred as Tarzan ("Zan" for short) in the 1969 Spanish film Tarzan en la gruta del oro, the American title for which is King of the Jungle. Hawkes made a second Tarzan film in 1972, Tarzan y el arco iris. But he's best known for the campy horror film Blood Freak (1972), shot in Miami. Today Hawkes owns an animal sanctuary for tigers in south Florida.
Jon-Erik Hexum (1957-1984)
Jon-Erik Hexum made a big splash in the NBC television series Voyagers! (1982–1983) and in the made-for-TV film Making of a Male Model (1983; with Joan Collins and Kevin McCarthy). After lensing his first theatrical film, The Bear (1984; with Gary Busey), Hexum seemed destined for a great career in TV and film. The young actor's life was cut short due to a prop gun accident on the set of his TV series Cover Up on October 12, 1984. Hexum was removed from life support and passed away on October 18, 1984, at the age of 26.
Robert Horton (1924-2016)
Although Robert Horton made several low-budget films in the 1950s and 1960s including The Green Slime (1969), he is best known for his roles on the popular TV series Wagon Train and Man Called Shenandoah. Horton retired from acting in the early 1970s and passed away on March 9, 2016, at age 91.
Sam J. Jones (b. 1954)
Sam Jones made a big splash when he was cast in the title role in the 1980 feaure Flash Gordon. Since then, he's made a vast number of films and has several TV series to his credit. Jones was active in Hollywood until the mid 2000's.
Brian Kelly (1931-2005)
Nearly every adolescent male in the 1960s wanted Brian Kelly to be his dad, as he was to Luke Halpin and Tommy Norden on NBC TV's Flipper. After the show left the airwaves in 1968, Kelly had a promising future ahead of him, but a tragic motorcycle accident in 1969 derailed Kelly's health and career. Before Flipper, Kelly had starred with John Ashley in the 1961 series Straightaway. Kelly passed away on February 12, 2005, at the age of 73.
Jack Kelly (1927-1992)
Jack Kelly began his career as a child actor, appearing in several films and stage productions while in his early teens. In 1950, he landed a contract with Universal-International, and the studio quickly cast him in a number of westerns. In 1957, he snagged his most famous role as Bart Maverick in the TV series Maverick, but after the series left the air in 1962, Kelly had been typecast and film roles became difficult to find. In the late 1960s, he became a game show host on the original Sale of the Century, which was cancelled in 1971. Eventually, acting took a back seat to politics, as Kelly was elected the mayor of Huntington Beach, California, in the 1980s. He died following a stroke in 1992 at the age of 65. His sister, Nancy Kelly, was also an actress, most famous for her role as the mother in The Bad Seed (1956).
Lorenzo Lamas (b. 1958)
The son of Arlene Dahl and Fernando Lamas, actor Lorenzo Lamas has made several films during his career, but he's had much more success on television, starring in several series. One of his earliest film roles was in Grease (1978). Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Lamas had roles on a variety of television series and appeared in many direct-to-video films. At age 56 he's still working in films and on television.
Tom Laughlin (1931-2013)
Tom Laughlin began his career in beefcake roles in the 1950s. He began directing films in the early 1960s, but of course, he's most famous for his Billy Jack series of films, making his first appearance as Billy Jack in Born Losers (1967; with Jane Russell). In all, Laughlin directed, wrote, and starred four Billy Jack films, retiring from the screen soon after the release of Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977). Laughlin passed away at age 82 on December 12, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Delores Taylor, and their three children.
George Lazenby (b. 1939)
Australian actor George Lazenby first came to the attention of moviegoers when he replaced Sean Connery as James Bond in the 1969 feature On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Since then, he's acted in a variety of films and TV programs and still takes on an occasional role.
Dolph Lundgren (b. 1957)
Swedish Dolph Lundgren first came to the U.S. in 1983, when he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to attend MIT. (Lundgren holds a Master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney.) He was discovered by a drama coach and quickly made his film debut in A View to a Kill (1985); his second film was Rocky IV, in which he portrays the Soviet boxer who kills Apollo Creed during a match. Lundgren has taken on many more roles in action films since then.
Fred MacMurray (1908-1991)
Fred MacMurray's film career began in the late 1920s in small roles and bit parts, but his career didn't gain momentum until he signed with Paramount in the mid 1930s. He proved to be a sturdy leading man in dramas, comedies, and even musicals. However, by the 1950s, MacMurray's star began to fade; he then turned to westerns and made a number of them, although he was not at ease in the genre. Disney films and the television series My Three Sons breathed new life in to his career. By the time My Three Sons left the air in 1972, MacMurray worked relatively little and retired after the release of The Swarm (1978; with Michael Caine and Katharine Ross). A heavy smoker, the last decade of MacMurray's life was plagued by illness. He passed away on November 5, 1991, at the age of 83. He was survived by four children and his second wife, actress June Haver, whom he married in 1954 following the death of his first wife.
Paul Mantee (1931-2013)
Paul Mantee established himself as an actor in the 1960s, starring in Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964; with Adam West) and A Man Called Dagger (1967). In addition to films, Mantee has made guest appearances in numerous television shows, including The Rifleman, Mannix, Cannon, and The F.B.I. (see right photo).
Hugh Marlowe (1911-1982)
Hugh Marlowe starred in a vast number of science fiction cult classics in the 1950s, including The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers (1956). In the late 1960s, he took on a role on the daytime soap Another World and stayed with the show until his sudden death in 1982 at the age of 71.
Dewey Martin (b. 1923)
Dewey Martin had a great career as a leading man in the 1950s. Martin's breakthrough role came in the 1951 science fiction classic The Thing from Another World. But by the late 1950s, his film career waned, at which time Martin began doing a lot of television work. He retired from the screen after the low-budget 1974 comedy Seven Alone. In 1956, Martin married singer Peggy Lee, but the union dissolved just two years later.
Victor Mature (1913-1999)
Rugged leading man Victor Mature starred in numerous costume dramas in the 1940s and 1950s, including Samson and Delilah (1949), Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954), and The Robe (1953). But into the later 1950s, he was acting in smaller-budgeted films, such as Pickup Alley (1957) and Timbuktu (1959). After 1960, Mature went into semi-retirement, preferring playing golf to making films. Mature passed away in August 1999 at the age of 86.
John Matuszak (1950-1989)
After wrapping up his football career with the Los Angeles Raiders, 6'8" defensive end John Matuszak entered films full time. While he was still playing football, he made a few appearances in films, including North Dallas Forty (1979) and Caveman (1981). In the mid 1980s, he landed roles in the HBO series 1st and Ten and in several films. Sadly, Matuszak died suddenly of heart failure in 1989 at the age of 38.
Robert Mitchum (1917-1997)
Robert Mitchum acted in a wide array of film and television projects during his 50-year career, starring in blockbusters and low-budget films alike. Mitchum started taking bit parts in films in the early 1940s, and his popularity quickly grew. Sadly, he passed away in 1997 at the age of 79.
Don Murray (b. 1929)
Murray got his big break in the 1956 Marilyn Monroe film Bus Stop. Since then, he's acted in a variety of films and TV series and is still active. Murray's first wife was actress Hope Lange.
Michael Parks (b. 1940)
From his debut in the 1965 film The Wild Seed, Michael Parks has enjoyed a long career as an actor. Although he's starred in such films as The Bible (1966), The Idol (1966), and The Happening (1967), Parks is probably best known for his 1969-1970 series Then Came Bronson. Today, Parks is still active in films.
Tyrone Power (1914-1958)
Heartthrob Tyrone Power acted in many swashbuckling roles in the 1940s and 1950s. He started his career at 20th Century-Fox, where he was put under contract in the mid 1930s. He quickly rose through the ranks, becoming one of Fox's most popular stars in the late 1930s. His service in World War II interrupted his career, but by the late 1940s Power was back in top form, but as more of a serious actor and less of a matinee idol. While shooting Solomon and Sheba in late 1958, Power died of a heart attack at the age of 44.
Elvis Presley (1935-1977)
This man certainly needs no introduction; singer Elvis Presley's popularity spilled over into films in the 1950s and 1960s. Of the more than 30 films he acted in, the best ones are Jailhouse Rock (1957), Loving You (1957; with Lizabeth Scott), King Creole (1958; with Carolyn Jones), and Viva Las Vegas (1964). But by the mid 1960s, the quality of the films slipped. Presley abandoned his acting career after the 1969 release Change of Habit, focusing instead on his revitalized recording career. Presley died in 1977 at the age of 42.
Jeff Richards (1924-1989)
Pro baseball player Jeff Richards hung up his glove in the early 1950s to concentrate on his acting career. He was often given film roles in which he portrayed a baseball player, in such films as Angels in the Outfield (1951) and Big Leaguer (1953). He also made several westerns and starred in the western series Jefferson Drum during the 1958-1959 TV season. In the 1960s, after his acting career folded, Richards worked construction in southern California until he passed away on July 28, 1989 at the age of 64.
Dale Robertson (1923-2013)
Dale Robertson made many western films in the 1950s, but in the 1960s he turned to television, starring in the series Death Valley Days and The Iron Horse.
George Robotham (1921-2007)
Movie stuntman George Robotham has been active in films and television for more than 50 years. If you look fast, you can see him in everything from Atom Man Vs. Superman (1950) to The Goonies (1985). The photos above are from the 1955 Lana Turner vehicle The Prodigal. He was married in 1988 to German actress Karin Dor, best known for being Bond girl Helga Brandt in You Only Live Twice (1967). Sadly, Robotham died in February 2007 at the age of 85.
Jacques Sernas (1925-2015)
Lithuanian-born Jacques Sernas had a film career spanning seven decades. He appeared in such films as Helen of Troy (1956), Duel of the Titans (1963; with Gordon Scott and Steve Reeves) and Superfly TNT (1973).
Bob Schott (b. 1949)
Former World Arm Wrestling Champion Bob Schott carved out a small acting career for himself from the 1970s through the early 1990s in such films as Force: Five (1981). Among other interests, as of late Schott has been producing instructional videos.
Marc Singer (b. 1948)
Canadian-born actor Marc Singer has been acting in films and on television since the early 1970s and is best known as the star of The Beastmaster (1982; with Tanya Roberts). Singer is still finding new roles today and is currently working on the thriller The Last Letter, to be released in 2013. His sister is actress Lori Singer of Footloose (1984) fame.
Robert Stack (1919-2003)
Robert Stack began his film career in the late 1930s, but World War II interrrupted his progress. Once the war was over, Stack came back to Hollywood, only to find that he had to completely rebuild his career. After acting in a number of B movies in the 1950s, Stack was cast in the role of Elliot Ness in TV's The Untouchables; the TV show transformed his career. His career thrived through 2001, when a health crisis forced Stack to stop working. Robert Stack passed away in May 2003 at the age of 84.
James Stacy (1936-2016)
Handsome James Stacy got his start as a regular on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. After six years in the role, he left the program to do several feature films, including Winter A-Go-Go and A Swingin' Summer (both 1965). He went back to TV in the late 1960s in his own series, Lancer, for two seasons. Unfortunately, in 1973 Stacy was riding a motorcycle when he was hit by a drunk driver. His passenger was killed, and Stacy lost an arm and leg in the accident. He acted sporadically afterward. Married twice, both of James Stacy's ex-wives were actresses: Connie Stevens (1962-1966) and Kim Darby (1968-1969).
Mark Stevens (1916-1994)
Character actor Mark Stevens worked in a number of films in the 1940s, often in small roles. He had more success in the 1950s, starring in such films as Reunion in Reno (1951) and Jack Slade (1953). He moved on to television series work in the mid 1950s in the shows Martin Kane, Private Eye and Big Town. His career began to lose momentum in the late 1950s; he eventually went to Spain and did several films there before retiring. In the 1980s, he did some guest spots on television series but never fully came out of retirement. He passed away in 1994 at the age of 77.
Warren Stevens (1919-2012)
Character actor Warren Stevens first had success on Broadway before singing with 20th Century-Fox in the early 1950s. He acted in such films as Forbidden Planet (1956; with Anne Francis) and On the Threshold of Space (1956; with Guy Madison and Virginia Leith). Later in his career, he focused his attentions on television, making more than 100 guest appearances and starring in a number of series, including The Richard Boone Show and Return to Peyton Place. Stevens passed away on March 27, 2012, at the age of 92.
Edson Stroll (1929-2011)
Handsome Edson Stroll's first starring role was as Prince Charming in the 1961 comedy Snow White and the Three Stooges. He's better known for his role on the TV sit-com McHale's Navy (1962-1966). For years Stroll was a voice-over artist for dozens of projects. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 82.
Rod Taylor (1930-2015)
Australian Rod Taylor made his mark in a number of films from the 1950s onward. His best known titles are The Time Machine (1960), The Glass Bottom Boat (1966), and of course, The Birds (1963). Taylor also acted in a sword and sandal film in the early 1960s, Colossus and the Amazon Women with Ed Fury.
Richard Todd (1919-2009)
Ireland-born Richard Todd made a number of British and American-produced films in the 1950s and 1960s. His film career began to ebb in the early 1960s, and Todd found himself in low-budget productions. Todd passed away in 2009 at the age of 90.
Lyle Waggoner (b. 1935)
While most people remember Lyle Waggoner from his television work on such series as The Carol Burnett Show and Wonder Woman, he made several low-budget pictures in the 1960s, including Catalina Caper (1967; with Tommy Kirk) and Swamp Country (1966). Today, Waggoner tends to his business interests and is retired from acting. He has been married to wife Sharon since 1960.
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