Steve Reeves (1926 – 2000) was an American bodybuilder & actor. At the peak of his career, he was the highest-paid actor in Europe. After winning the 1947 AAU Mr. America, Reeves became interested in pursuing an acting career. In 1949 he filmed a Tarzan-type television pilot called Kimbar of the Jungle & in 1950 became Mr. Universe. He is best known for his portrayal of Hercules. By 1960, Reeves was ranked as the number-one, box-office draw in twenty-five countries around the world.