(This story was published in 2000).

Steve Reeves, a ’50s bodybuilding champion who became famous as “Hercules” in dozens of films has died at 74. Reeves had a huge gay following in a day when seeing any kind of beefcake was all but impossible. Many a man went to see Hercules movies simply to gaze at Reeves on the big screen. Reeves’ wife died in 1989.