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Mark Forest

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Birthday: Jan 16, 1933

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Mark Forest was the second American bodybuilder after Steve Reeves to achieve stardom in Italy doing low-budget, sword-and-sandal, muscleman movies. Born Louis Lorenzo Degni in Brooklyn, NY, he moved to California at the age of 19 and became part of the bodybuilding scene in Muscle Beach. He worked for a time as part of Mae West's celebrated beefcake-laden stage act, won competitions, and was eventually cast in the second muscleman film to come out of Italy in the late '50s: Goliath and the Dragon (aka The Revenge of Hercules). It was for that movie that he was told to change his name to the more American-sounding Mark Forest. He later made his name in the role of the hero known as Maciste (who was often renamed Hercules or Atlas in U.S. releases) in such movies as Maciste, Strongest Gladiator in the World, Maciste and the Valley of Kings, Hercules Against the Sons of the Sun, The Terror of Rome Against the Son of Hercules, and -- best of them all -- The Lion of Thebes. Forest even starred in one Egyptian-made sword-and-sandal title, Kindar the Invulnerable. In more recent years, he has worked as a singer, voice teacher, and personal trainer.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Hercules Against the Barbarians Maciste 1964
No Score Yet Hercules Against the Sons of the Sun Hercules 1964
No Score Yet Lion of Thebes Actor 1964
No Score Yet Terror of Rome Against the Son of Hercules Actor 1964
No Score Yet Maciste contro i Mongoli (Hercules Against the Mongols) Actor 1963
No Score Yet Goliath and the Sins of Babylon Maciste / Marcellus 1963
No Score Yet Il magnifico gladiatore (The Magnificent Gladiator) Actor 1963
No Score Yet Maciste, l'uomo più forte del mondo (Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules) Maciste 1961
No Score Yet Son of Samson Maciste 1960
No Score Yet Goliath and the Dragon Ercole 1960

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