Born in Guadalupe on October 6, 1938 (some sources cite 1939 as his date of birth), Serge Nubret moved to Paris in 1950 and took up bodybuilding. Nubret has won the titles Mr. Europe (1966), Mr. Universe (1976), and Mr. World (1977). He also came in third place in the 1973 Mr. Olympia competition and came in second in 1975, bested only by Arnold Schwarzenegger. In addition, Nubret was once the Europe Director of IFBB. In the 1960s, Serge Nubret embarked on a film career, acting in two sword and sandal films and a few spy thrillers.

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LEFT: Steve Reeves presents Serge Nubret with the Mr. World trophy in 1977. CENTER A: From 1975. CENTER B: Late 1970s. RIGHT: From 1964 (thanks to Nathalie Manier)

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LEFT and CENTER A: Early 1980s photos. CENTER B: Nubret on the January 1962 cover of Muscle Builder. RIGHT: On the cover of the April 1980 issue of Muscle Digest

the films of serge nubret

Nubret, along with Giuliano Gemma, starred in the 1961 film The Titans. When the film was released by United Artists in the U.S. in 1963, the title was changed to My Son, the Hero; the American distributor dubbed this film to make it into a comedy, in a manner similar to Woody Allen's What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966). Nubret's spy thrillers include Thirteen Days to Die (1965; with Horst Frank).

The Titans (1961)

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LEFT: Nubret and Giuliano Gemma in a photo from The Titans. CENTER A: Collage with Nubret and Giuliano Gemma. CENTER B: Again from the film (thanks to Nathalie Manier). CENTER C: Nubret as Rator. RIGHT: With Giuliano Gemma

Goliath and the Rebel Slave (1961)

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LEFT: As Milan in the sword and sandal flick Goliath and the Rebel Slave. RIGHT: With Gordon Scott

later years

In March 2009, Serge Nubret suffered a stroke and lapsed into a coma. He was in excellent shape and still training at the time his illness occurred. He remained in a vegetative state for two years, until his death on April 19, 2011, at the age of 72. He was survived by his children.

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This listing is incomplete:
Le Professionnel (1981) with Jean-Paul Belmondo
Pumping Iron (1977) with Lou Ferrigno and Arnold Schwarzenegger
Cesar and Rosalie (1972) with Yves Montand and Romy Schneider
The Cop (1970) with Michel Bouquet, Michel Constantin, and Adolfo Celi
Seven Red Berets (aka Congo Hell and Seven Dirty Devils) (1968) with Ivan Rassimov, Kirk Morris, and Priscilla Drake
Adventures in Bangkok (1965)
Un gosse de la butte (1964)
13 Days to Die (aka Der Fluch des schwarzen Rubins) (1963) with Thomas Alder and Horst Frank
The Tyrant of Lydia Vs. the Son of Hercules (1963) with Gordon Scott and Ombretta Colli
My Son, the Hero (aka The Titans) (1961) with Giuliano Gemma

Sins, a 1985 CBS mini-series
Petit dejeuner compris, a 1980 French mini-series
Salle N8, a 1967-1968 French television series of which 65 episodes were made

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