Born Edmund Holovchik on June 6, 1928, Ed Fury matured into a very athletic teenager. While he wrestled in school and lifted weights, he didn't work toward the gargantuan build as did some of his contemporaries, such as Steve Reeves and Reg Park. Rather, his athletic and acting abilities were used more to portray strength. His impressive physique made him a natural contender for the Mr. Muscle Beach title in 1951 and 1953, coming in third and second, respectively.

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Early to mid 1950s physique modeling shots of Fury. You'll find more photos like these in the Ed Fury Gallery

Fury's early career consisted of modeling for various physique studios in the 1950s, such as the Athletic Model Guild (AMG) and Bruce of LA. In addition, Fury made several home movie loops distributed by Apollo and AMG as 16mm and 8mm films in the 1950s. Fury also graced the covers of a number of physique culture magazines in the 1950s and 1960s.

A six-foot tall natural blond, Fury began acting on the legitimate stage before entering films. Among other vehicles, he appeared on Broadway in the show Fanny. He can also be spotted in a number of early to mid 1950s big-budget films, including Athena (1954; with Debbie Reynolds and Steve Reeves), Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954; with Victor Mature), and Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953; with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello). Into the latter part of the 1950s, Fury found larger roles in such films as the campy Wild Women of Wongo (1958). He also worked in television in the 1950s, appearing as a guest star during the last season of the 1950s TV comedy My Little Margie with Gale Storm and Charlie Farrell.

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Portfolio shots of Fury, circa 1957

Fury left Hollywood behind in 1960, when he went to Italy to star in Colossus and the Amazon Queen (1960; with Rod Taylor), a sword and sandal comedy in which all the men take on women's roles while the women assume traditional male roles. Although Fury never appeared as Hercules in film, he made his mark as Maciste, Ursus, and Colossus in several popular peplums in the early 1960s.

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Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)

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From the Universal-International comedy Abbott and Costello Go to Mars

My Little Margie (1952-1955 CBS/NBC TV Serires)

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From a 1955 episode of NBC's My Little Margie titled Miss Whoozis. LEFT and CENTER: Fury as the model Hercules. RIGHT: With Gale Storm

Wild Women of Wongo (1958)

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Fury was cast as Gahbo in From the campy adventure Wild Women of Wongo

Colossus and the Amazon Queen (1960)

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LEFT: Fury portrays Glauco in the comedy adventure Colossus and the Amazon Queen, released by American International Pictures. RIGHT: With Rod Taylor

Ursus (1961)

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Fury portrays the title character in the sword and sandal adventure Ursus

Ursus in the Valley of Lions (1961)

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Fury has a second turn as Ursus in Ursus in the Valley of Lions

Samson Against the Sheik (1963)

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Fury portrays the title character in Samson Against the Sheik, aka Maciste Against the Sheik

Ursus in the Land of Fire (1963)

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As Ursus in Ursus in the Land of Fire

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After the release of Ursus in the Land of Fire (1963), Fury cooled his film career, but he reemerged on television in the late 1960s, acting in episodes of Columbo, The Brian Keith Show (aka The Little People), the Doris Day Show, and a few made-for-television films. His most recent film appearance was in Dinosaur Valley Girls (1996). Also, Fury made an appearance on the Game Show Network in January 2000.

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Dinosaur Valley Girls (1996) with Karen Black
Desperate Women (1978) with Ronee Blakely and Dan Haggerty
Letter from Three Lovers (1973) with Martin Sheen, June Allyson, Ken Berry, Juliet Mills, Robert Sterling, Barry Sullivan, and Lyle Waggoner
Ursus in the Land of Fire (1963) (aka The Son of Hercules in the Land of Fire)
Samson Against the Sheik (1962) (aka Maciste Against the Sheik)
Ursus in the Valley of the Lions (1961) (aka Son of Atlas in the Valley of the Lions)
Ursus (1961) (aka The Mighty Ursus and Ursus, Son of Hercules)
The Seven Revenges (1961) (aka Ivan, the Conquerer) with Elaine Stewart
Colossus and the Amazon Queen (1960) (aka Queen of the Amazons) with Rod Taylor
The Wild Women of Wongo (1958)
Raw Edge (1956) with Yvonne De Carlo, Rory Calhoun, Rex Reason, Mara Corday, and John Gavin
I Died a Thousand Times (1955) with Jack Palance, Shelley Winters, Lori Nelson, and Lon Chaney, Jr.
Female on the Beach (1955) with Joan Crawford, Jeff Chandler, Jan Sterling, and Charles Drake
Athena (1954) with Steve Reeves, Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, and Ray Collins
The Country Girl (1954) with Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and William Holden
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) with Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie, Debra Paget, Anne Bancroft, William Marshall, and Richard Egan
The Great Diamond Robbery (1954)
The Eddie Cantor Story (1953)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, and Tommy Noonan

All-New 3's a Crowd, 1999-2002 GSN game show. Fury appeared as a contestant in January 2000
Cannon, episode The Reformer, originally aired January 7, 1976
Medical Center, episode The High Cost of Winning, originally aired December 15, 1975
The Magician, episode The Illusion of Black Gold, originally aired February 11, 1974
Columbo, episode Mind Over Mayhem, originally aired February 10, 1974
The Brian Keith Show, episode The Thunderball Syndicate, originally aired December 21, 1973
Barnaby Jones, episode Divorce - Murderer's Style, originally aired October 28, 1973
Medical Center, episode No Sanctuary, originally aired November 22, 1972
The Odd Couple, episode Fat Farm, originally aired November 12, 1971
My Little Margie, episode Miss Whoozis, originally aired January 5, 1955


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