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Muscle Men Of Peplum

Dan Vadis

Tall muscular beefcake who started out in the 1950’s as a member of the Mae West Muscleman Revue before going to Italy in the 1960’s to star in a string of gladiator epics such as “The Rebel Gladiators” (1963), “Hercules The Invincible” (1963), “The Triumph Of Hercules” (1964) & “Spartacus & The 10 Gladiators” (1964). In the latter half of the 1960’s Dan joined the spaghetti western craze by appearing in films such as “Deguello” (1966), “For A Few Extra Dollars” (1967), “ The Stranger Returns” (1967) & “God Will Forgive My Pistol” (1969). Throughout the 1970’s Dan consistently appeared in small roles in a number of Clint Eastwood films, most notably, “High Plains Drifter” (1973), “The Gauntlet” (1977), “Every Which Way But Loose” (1978), “Any Which Way You Can” (1980)  & “Bronco Billy”, in which he played Chief Big Eagle. In 1983 Dan returned to the peplum genre for his final film appearance in the Lou Ferrigno muscleman spectacular “The 7 Magnificent Gladiators”.

Dan Vadis Fact File:

Birth Name: Constantine Daniel Vafiadis

Date Of Birth: 3rd January 1938

Place Of Birth: Shangai, China

Date Of Death: 11th June 1987

Place Of Death: Lancaster, California, USA

Height: 6’ 4”

Film Debut: “Colossus Of The Arena” (1962)

Dan Vadis

Dan Vadis in “The Rebel Gladiators” Now on VHS:

The Rebel Gladiators
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 Jose Greci and Gloria Milland. Look out for future peplum star Alan Steel (credited as Sergio Ciani) in one of his early roles as Commodus, the man who does battle with Vadis in the rousing finale. 98 min.


More Dan Vadis Movies on VHS & DVD:

The Ten Gladiators(1960) VHS
Well-toned Italian he-man Dan Vadis is a slave who leads a minyan of musclemen against crazed emperor Nero when he starts slaughtering innocent people in ancient Rome. Roger Browne, Susan Paget and Gianni Rizzo also star in this mix of history and sword-and-toga spectacle from spaghetti western specialist Gianfranco Parolini ("Adios, Sabata"). AKA: "Ten Desperate Men." 104 min.

Spartacus And The Ten Gladiators(1964) VHS
The slave-turned-rebel of Ancient Rome leads an army of escaped prisoners in an attempt to stop the brutal gladitorial games. Action-filled swords and sandals saga stars Dan Vadis, Helga Line. 99 min.

Triumph Of Hercules(1964) VHS
Think the super-strong demigod (played by Dan Vadis) will have no trouble defeating wicked sorceress Moira Orfei and her crew of giant bronze warriors? Well, Zeus has stripped Hercules of his powers, and now it'll take a miracle for him to live up to the film's title! AKA: "Hercules and the Ten Avengers," "Hercules vs. the Giant Warriors." 90 min.

Triumph Of The Ten Gladiators(1964) VHS
Muscleman fave Dan Vadis leads an army of beefy gladiators into a mission that has them kidnapping a queen. When they discover they've been duped, the men try to change things by battling it out in a series of wild fights (and by, in one scene, disguising themselves as women and flirting with guards!). Truly, this is no mere status quo Vadis. With Stanley Kent, John Heston.

Death Is Nimble, Death Is Quick(1965) VHS
European he-men Brad Harris and Tony Kendall team to investigate a murder in Ceylon, where they find themselves battling the sinister Three Yellow Cats crime organization. Muscleman Dan Vadis also stars in this entry in the espionage series based on the "Kommissar X" books from Germany. AKA: "Three Golden Cats." 91 min. Dubbed in English.

High Plains Drifter [DVD](1973) DVD
A frontier town's residents, fearing the impending return of a trio of escaped convicts, look for help from mysterious new arrival Clint Eastwood. But is he savior or avenging angel? Violent and compelling western, directed by Eastwood, also stars Verna Bloom, Mitchell Ryan, Billy Curtis. 104 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: Spanish; biographies; production notes; theatrical trailer.

Cahill: United States Marshal [DVD](1973) DVD
John Wayne is a devoted lawman who goes head on against a vicious gang of robbers. The trouble is, two of them are his sons! Gary Grimes, Neville Brand, George Kennedy co-star. 102 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese.

The Gauntlet [DVD](1977) DVD
The normally routine exercise of escorting an extradited prisoner (Sondra Locke) from Las Vegas to Phoenix to testify at trial becomes a race for survival for detective Clint Eastwood. On a frantic bus ride to city hall, Eastwood and his charge brave an all-out assault from police and a corrupt mayor, who fears incrimination by the determined witness. Co-stars Pat Hingle, William Prince. 109 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French; theatrical trailer; scene access; filmographies.

Every Which Way But Loose [DVD](1978) DVD
Action star Clint Eastwood drives full throttle into comedy, as an easy-going trucker whose bare-knuckled brawling sideline takes him from honkytonk to honkytonk. Along for the ride are Clyde, a mischievous orangutan; Orville, his lean-witted driving partner; and Echo, an attractive former fruit peddler. Together, they hit the highway in search of Eastwood's one true love, C&W singer Sondra Locke. Co-stars Geoffrey Lewis, Beverly D'Angelo, Ruth Gordon. 114 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French; production notes; theatrical trailer.

Any Which Way You Can [DVD](1980) DVD
Continuing where he left off in "Every Which Way But Loose," his most successful film up to that time, Clint Eastwood, as bare-knuckle brawler Philo Beddoe, finds his dreams of settling down with country singer girlfriend Sondra Locke and pet orangutan Clyde evaporate after she is kidnapped by the mob, who want Philo to fight one last time against his arch-rival. Co-stars Geoffrey Lewis, William Smith. 116 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French; scene access; production notes; theatrical trailer.

Bronco Billy [DVD](1980) DVD
Clint Eastwood plays the owner and star performer in a ragtag Wild West show. His lively companions include a high-strung society girl, a one-armed Indian, and a soft-spoken strongman. Sondra Locke, Scatman Crothers. 116 min. Widescreen (Enhanced) and Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English, French; filmography; theatrical trailer; scene access.


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