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Alan Steel

Italian actor Sergio Ciani, who become known as Alan Steel, made brief appearances in 2 Steve Reeves peplums, “Hercules Unchained” & “Giant Of Marathon” before starring in his own strongman flicks such as, “Hercules & The Moon Men”, “Samson & The Mighty Challenge” and “Hercules & The Masked Rider”.

Fact File:

Birth Name:Sergio Ciani

Date Of Birth:?

Place Of Birth: Italy

Also known as: Alan Steel or John Wyler

Debut Film: Hercules Unchained (1959)

In 1993 Australian filmmakers took Alan’s peplum “Samson And The Mighty Challenge” (1964) & did a re-edit to create an entirely new film, an action comedy, with new scenes, Australian actors & a completely new soundtrack. The film was called “Hercules Returns”.

In 1968 Alan teamed up with peplum stars Kirk Morris & Gordon Mitchell for the spaghetti western “Saguaro”.

Alan’s Peplum Films:
Hercules Unchained (1959)
The Giant Of Marathon (1960)
Samson (1961)
The Fury Of Hecrules (1961)
Samson And The Slave Queen (1963)
The Rebel Gladiators (1963)
Hercules Against The Moon Men (1964)
Samson And The Mighty Challenge (1964)
Hercules & The Treasure Of The Incas (1964)
Hercules And The Black Pirates (1964)
3 Avengers (1964)
Hercules And The Masked Rider (1964)
Hercules Against Rome (1964)

Alan Steel

Above & Below: Alan Steel as the Mighty Hercules in “Hercules Against The Moon Men”.

Hercules Against The Moon Men

Alan Steels’s Top 10 Movies on VHS & DVD

Samson And His Mighty Challenge(1964) VHS
Extremely rare Italian slugfest suits up four of the most popular sword and sandals musclemen from the early `60s: Maciste, Samson, Hercules and Ursus. Iron man Alan Steele stars.

Hercules Against The Moon Men [DVD](1964) DVD
In grand Herculean fashion, our hero (Alan Steel) comes to the aid of Good Samaritans and battles the interplanetary menace of the Moon Men (who look like giant, lumpy Gumbys) and the wizard trying to help them revive her queen. Oh, did we mention the sandstorm scene? 88 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed) mono; theatrical trailer. Plays All Regions.

Hercules And The Masked Rider(1964) VHS
Suave nobleman Don Juan returns home from a war to find that his beautiful cousin is about to wed a powerful, corrupt neighbor just to keep the local peace. In order to stop the marriage (and because he has the hots for his cousin as well), Don Juan dons a red mask and teams with a Gypsy woman and a strongman named Hercules. Pseudo-Herculean costume drama stars Alan Steel, Mimmo Palmara and Arturo Dominici.

The Three Avengers(1963) VHS
There's three times the action, three times the heroics and three times the beefcake in this costume saga starring screen Hercules Alan Steel as the leader of a trio of adventurers who battle tyranny. With Mimmo Pamera.

Hercules And The Black Pirate(1964) VHS
Alan Steel is actually Captain Hercules in this rousing he-man marathon in which he fights the evil Black Pirate and Rodrigo, one of the Governor's ruthless advisors while trying to win the hand of the Governor's beautiful daughter. This is one pirate film with muscles!

The Fury Of Hercules(1961) VHS
It's a labor of love for the legendary strongman, as Herc (essayed here by Brad Harris) comes to the aid of a beautiful queen whose land has been conquered by a cruel tyrant. Also, stars strongman Alan Steel 96 min.

The Rebel Gladiators(1963) VHS
From the popular "Ursus" series comes this enthralling swordfight film in which strongman Dan Vadis battles an evil emperor who has taken over the throne of Rome. He also takes Vadis' mistress hostage and oppresses the barbarians. A showdown is in the works. With Alan Steel, Jose Greci and Gloria Milland. 98 min.

Hercules Unchained [DVD](1960) DVD
Steve Reeves returns as the mighty Hercules in another saga of muscles, maidens and monsters. Robbed of his memory, Herc is a prisoner of the lovely Queen of Lidia and must compete in the Contest of Giants for his freedom. Also, look out for Alan Steel in a bit role. 101 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English dubbed mono.

The Giant Of Marathon(1962) VHS
Steve "Hercules" Reeves plays the musclebound hero who defends Athens from Persian forces. A horse with incredible stamina, a double-crossing siren, epic land and sea battles and Reeves' amazing physique highlight this sword-and-sandal winner directed by Jacques Tourneur ("Cat People"). Also, look out for Alan Steel in a bit role. 90 min.

Samson(1961) VHS
Bodybuilder Brad Harris brings down the house as the strongman of Old Testament fame, splitting tree trunks with his bare hands, tackling whole legions on soldiers and more. With Alan Steel, Brigitte Corey. AKA: "The Fury of Hercules," "Fury of Samson." 97 min.


Alan Steel at Hollywood Teen Movies

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The Giant Of Marathon (1959)
Hercules Against The Moon Men (1964)

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