Peter Lupus is a renowned American actor and bodybuilder, best known for his appearance in 1964 movies such as Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon (1964), Challenge of the Gladiator, and Muscle Beach Party, among others. Beyond that, his career as a bodybuilder has seen him promote several European Health Spas as well as gyms to his avid followers.
Despite being an octogenarian, Peter has never ceased to use any opportunity to wow his many fans. During the occasion of his 70th birthday, the legendary bodybuilder set a world weightlifting endurance record by lifting 76,280 pounds for 24 minutes. He also beat the record five years later when he lifted 77,560 pounds for 24 minutes. Join us as we take you through Peter Lupus’ bio, family life and other interesting facts below.
A Look At Peter’s Beginnings
Peter Lupus was born on the 17th of June 1932 and his birth took place in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the son of Peter Nash Lupus Sr. and his wife. His father was said to be of Lebanese descent while his mother was an American. By the virtue of his birth, Peter holds an American nationality and is of mixed ethnic background. There is scanty information regarding his early years and educational background, however, it is known that he developed an interest in becoming a bodybuilder when he was very young. As a result, he started working out at a gym in his hometown of Indianapolis.
As a teenager, Peter Lupus participated in several bodybuilding competitions and won several titles courtesy of his outstanding physique. Notable among his titles include Mr. Indianapolis, Mr. International Health Physique, and Mr. Hercules, amongst others.
How Did He Become an Actor?
His foray into acting came by way of his bodybuilding expertise when he played the muscleman in the original series of Mission Impossible in the 1960s. Following that he scored more appearances in films such as Muscle Beach Party, Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon and Challenge of the Gladiator. Soon, he made his way back to television with more roles in the long-running Mission: Impossible from which he rose to fame. He starred as Willy Armitage alongside Greg Morris, Steven Hill, Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, and more.
Subsequently, the actor scored more roles in other films and TV series such as Police Squad!, Fantasy Island, Spy Game, The Love Boat, CHiPs, and The Jack Benny show. Asides movies, Peter Lupus also appeared in several adverts and commercials for popular health spas in Europe and was featured in the April 1974 edition of Playgirl magazine. More so, he starred as Superman in the United States Air Force commercials.
As a testament to how much he has done career-wise, Peter Lupus garnered huge fame both as an actor and bodybuilder. For his appearances in movies, commercials for European Health Spas and gyms and other endeavors his net worth is said to be running in millions; nevertheless, it has not been pegged at a specific figure.
Meet Peter Lupus’ Wife and Kids
Peter Lupus is highly successful both in his career as well as in his personal life. He is happily married to a woman named Sharon Hildebrand. However, there is no much information about her as she enjoys keeping a low profile. Despite being married to a celebrity husband, Sharon has managed to stay away from the glitz and glamour of the limelight.
The couple first met each other at Peter’s gym located in Indianapolis in the 1950s. After a few years of a successful relationship, they got married in 1960. The couple has a son named Peter Lupus III (b. 1970). Just like his father, Peter Lupus III also established himself as an actor and editor. He is best known for his works in American Streetfighter (1992), Curse of the Forty-Niner (2002) and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2006), to mention a few.
Where Is He Now?
For a good number of years, Peter Lupus has been working as a vitamin company representative as well as a spokesperson in the Hollywood Hills area. In recent times, he occasionally accepts small parts in films and TV shows. Although he is an octogenarian, the legendary bodybuilder still works out and is currently in great shape. He is seen as one of the most physically imposing ‘sword and sandal’ actors. With his huge size, he is often compared to Samson Burke.