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Kirk Morris

Former Italian gondolier, with pompadour hairdo & a slight resemblance to Elvis Presley was  considered by many to be the best looking of the peplum stars. Kirky’s most notable gladiator epics  include, “The Witch’s Curse”, “Hercules, Samson & Ulysses”, “Conqueror of Atlantis” & “The Mighty Khan”.

Fact File:

Birth Name:Adriano Bellini

Date Of Birth:193?

Place Of Birth: Italy

Nickname: Kirky

Debut Film:
Hercules In The Valley Of Woe (1961)

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

Kirk’s Peplum Films:
Hercules In The Valley Of Woe (1961)
Triumph Of The Son Of Hercules (1961)
The Witch’s Curse (1962)
Colossus And The Headhunters (1962)
Clash Of Steel (1962)
Samson And The Sea Beasts (1963)
Hercules, Samson And Ulysses (1963)
Atlas Against The Czar (1965)
Hercules Of The Desert (1964)
The Mighty Khan (1964)
Desert Raiders (1964)
Devil Of The Desert V Son Of Hercules (1964)
Maciste, Avenger Of The Mayans (1965)
Conqueror Of Atlantis (1965)

Kirk Morris
Kirk Morris in action
The Witch's Curse on DVD

Kirk Morris’s Top 10 Movies on VHS & DVD

Samson And The Sea Beast(1960) VHS
He-man hero Samson (Kirk Morris) goes up against a group of pirates and finds himself held captive by the scoundrels, until a noblewoman steps in to help him. Then Samson faces a ferocious creature in a spectacular duel. With Marga Lee.

Colossus And The Headhunters(1960) VHS
Kirk Morris plays the mighty hero Colossus, who flees to an island following a deadly earthquake. There he is confronted by a group of nasty headhunters and tries to restore the power of the island's queen.

The Witch's Curse [DVD](1962) DVD
A 17th-century body-builder rips up a tree and descends to Hell to force a witch to remove her curse from his village. American muscleman Kirk Morris plays a Scottish shepherd in this Italian-made Maciste epic. AKA: "Maciste in Hell." 78 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Plays All Regions.


Devil Of The Desert Against The Son Of Hercules(1962) VHS
Swords! Sinews! Sand! Muscleman Kirk Morris dons the loincloth for this spectacle, in which the mythical hero helps a group of nomadic herdsmen battle their way through the "Valley of the Thundering Echoes" to reach a fabled oasis. AKA: "Hercules of the Desert," "The Slave Merchants." 93 min.

Triumph Of The Son Of Hercules(1963) VHS
Dad left behind quite a lionskin to fill, but the well-groomed and heavily-muscled Kirk Morris more than acquits himself in this epic adventure loaded with swordplay, strongmen, and savagery. And wait until you hear the theme song!

Terror Of The Steppes(1964) VHS
Is it Slinky, Toy from Hell? No, but just as fearsome: a bloody tyrant closes his grip on slave girls and dirt farmers until muscleman Kirk Morris puts a kink in his coils. Moira Orfei co-stars.

Maciste Against Hercules In The Vale Of Woe(1964) VHS
An outrageous Roman orgy of muscles and mirth abounds as two shifty 20th-century wrestling promoters mistakenly land their time machine 7,000 years in the past. After inventing the cha-cha and the wheel, the duo meets strongmen Hercules (Frank Gordon) and Maciste (Kirk Morris), Circe the sorceress, a talking pig, a minotaur, and Franco and Ciccio, a hit Italian comedy team.

Atlas Against The Czar(1964) VHS
Italian Gladiator Muscleman Goes Russian! That's what happens when Maciste is resurrected after being found in a cave in the Ural Mountains and enlisted to help Czar Nikolay Nikolayevich terrorize his constituents. After realizing that the ruler has bad intentions for him, Maciste rebels big time. With Kirk Morris as Maciste (who is actually "Atlas," but that's a long story), Massimo Serato.

The Conqueror Of Atlantis(1965) VHS
Way, way out gladiator entry starring Kirk Morris as Heracles (Greek for Hercules) out to find a Nomad princess kidnapped by masked gold raiders. Eventually, his journey leads to the lost city of Atlantis, where the muscular hero encounters such oddities as zombies, female guards who will die if they "taste the love of a man," death-ray pistols and even long pants! With Luciana Gilli.

2 & 5: Mission Hydra [DVD](1966) DVD
Italian space adventure about aliens from the planet Hydra who land on Earth and abduct Earthlings to use as exhibits in their zoo. Bizarre blend of sci-fi, action, romance and social commentary stars Kirk Morris, Gordon Mitchell. AKA: "Star Pilots." Standard; Soundtrack: English mono; theatrical trailers; scene access.


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Hercules, Samson And Ulysses (1963)

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