Bodybuilder and actor Reg Lewis was born in Niles, California, on January 23, 1936.
He began bodybuilding at a young age, winning his first title at age 17.
Lewis jump-started his film career with the assistance of actress Mae West who, in 1954, enlisted a gym-full of bodybuilders (including Lewis, Mickey Hargitay, Gordon Mitchell, and Dan Vadis) and took them and her act on a tour of nightclubs to various cities across the nation.
West’s male revue created a sensation; according to Gordon Mitchell, the show and the men were a big hit with the all-female audiences.
Lewis often acted as an escort for Miss West, taking her to film premieres, nightclub openings, and other high-profile events throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. And Lewis appears in West’s last film, Sextette (1978; with Timothy Dalton).
Junior Mr. Olympics Winner (1953) Lewis won this title at age 17.
Mr. Olympics Winner (1956)
Mr. Pacific Coast Winner (1956)
Mr. Physical Fitness Winner (1956)
Mr. Universe Professional Class Winner (1957)
Mr. USA-AAU Second Overall (1957)
Mr. Hercules chosen by Mae West (1960)
Mr. America Winner (1963)
Olympia-IFBB Third (1970)
Natural America Masters Overall Winner (1982)
Mr. America Over Forty Winner (1983)