Highlights from the Steve Reeves Fitness and Film Festival August 22 – 23, 2008 On August 22 and 23, 2008 a Steve Reeves Fitness and Film Festival was held at the Harrah's Rincon Hotel and Casino Resort in Valley Center, California (about 35 miles north of San Diego). This two-day event was attended by about 75 people, all of whom came from various parts of the U.S. This article recaps some of the highlights of that weekend. Specific Festival Activities The optional activitie
Giovanni Cianfriglia – Steve’s Often Body Double “A brilliant stunt man, an ex-boxer, and very acrobatic. He made me look like superman. He was so great.” – Reg Park, peplum actor and renowned bodybuilding champion. Stunt doubles have been associated with their lead actors for decades, and many major stars use these gifted and talented athletes. For example, John Wayne had the help of Chuck Roberson for over 30 years, Clint Eastwood had assistance from Buddy Van Horn for many
A Farewell to Chelo Alonso (1933 – 2019) In the last 5 years, we’ve had to say a sad goodbye to three of Steve Reeves’ leading ladies of film: Virna Lisi (“Duel of the Titans”) in 2014, Christine Kaufmann (“Last Days of Pompeii”) in 2017, and now in 2019, Chelo Alonso (“Goliath and the Barbarians”, “Morgan the Pirate”). Chelo passed on February 20, just a couple months short of her 86th birthday while living in Mentana, Italy. She leaves a son Aldino and a few grandchildren.
1945 – Steve’s picture is featured in Your Physique magazine (Feb/March, page 17). 1948 – Steve goes to Paramount Studios for screen test for Samson & Delilah, March 2nd. 1949 – Steve’s picture is featured in Muscle Power magazine (page 21). 1949 – Steve is featured in an article called 1949 Mr. USA Contest of Iron Man magazine. 1950 – Steve’s picture is featured in Muscle Power magazine (pages 10-11). 1950 – Steve is featured in a pictorial of the March 23 issue of Health an