|Date of Birth||7 June 1928, Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK|
|Date of Death||22 November 2007, Johannesburg, South Africa (melanoma)|
|Birth Name||Roy Park|
|Nickname||Reg the Leg|
|Height||6' 1" (1.85 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
The future Italian epic star was registered as Roy Park in 1928, but little Reg was soon re-named after his father Reginald Park Snr., a well-known gymnasium proprietor in Leeds and owner of the Reg Park Barbell Company. Reg Jnr. played reserve team football for Leeds United before turning to body-building in 1946. He finished Mr Universe runner-up to future film rival Steve Reeves in 1950, then won the title outright in 1951, 1958 and 1965. After marrying South African-born Mareon Isaacs in Johannesburg in 1952, the Parks moved permanently to South Africa where Reg ran a chain of fitness studios. In December 1960 he was invited to Rome to star in two back-to-back Hercules movies, Hercules and the Captive Women (1961) followed immediately by Hercules in the Haunted World (1961). Since these were directed by intellectually acclaimed veterans Vittorio Cottafavi and Mario Bava, Reg Park himself became something of a cult personality in the Italian epic genre. His friend and protege Arnold Schwarzenegger considered Park to be the best of the "peplum" heroes.
Three more sword-and-sandals followed, including Samson in King Solomon's Mines (1964) which, handily for Park, was filmed on location in South Africa.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Marshall
|Mareon Isaacs||(22 October 1952 - 22 November 2007) (his death) (2 children)|