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Mark Forest

It took this former Mr. Venice Beach of 1954 about half a decade and a name change to find fame and fortune in Italian peplums such as “Goliath & The Dragon” (1960), “Son Of Samson” (1960), “Hercules Against The Mongols”   (1963), “Goliath & The Sins Of Babylon” (1963) & “The Lion Of Thebes” (1964). Mark’s final film was “Hercules Against The Sons Of The Sun” (1966).

Fact File:

Birth Name: Lou Degni

Date Of Birth: 16th January 1933

Place Of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Debut Film: Goliath & The Dragon (1960)

Trivia: Whilst most peplum stars made appearances in films of other genres Mark only starred in Italian sword & sandal spectaculars.

Mark’s Peplum Films:
Goliath & The Dragon (1960)
Son Of Samson (1960)
Mole Men Vs. The Son Of Hercules (1961)
Colossus Of The Arena (1962)
Hercules Against The Mongols (1963)
Goliath And The Sins Of Babylon (1963)
Hercules Against The Barbarians (1964)
The Magnificent Gladiator (1964)
Terror Of Rome Against The Son Of Hercules (1964)
The Lion Of Thebes (1964)
Kindar The Invulnerable (1964)
Hercules Against The Sons Of The Sun (1964)

Mark Forest
Mark Forest in The Lion Of Thebes

Mark Forest’s Top 10 Movies on VHS & DVD

Son Of Samson(1961) VHS
Heeding an inner voice, a loner from an outlying borough scourges the capital, using his high-caliber muscles to break up the Queen's tryst with those treacherous Persians. Mark Forest plays the hero who goes berserkowitz to save Egypt. 89 min.

Mole Men Against The Son Of Hercules(1961) VHS
Etruscan hero Maciste (apparently Italian for ``beefcake'') battles a race of hideous albinos in their weird underground city. Mark Forest reprises his role as the sandal-wearing muscle lad.

The Terror Of Rome Against The Son Of Hercules(1963) VHS
Thrilling spectacle pits Poseidon, the son of Hercules, against fearsome gladiators and ferocious beasts in a struggle to free captive Christians intended for slaughter in the Roman arena. With Mark Forest and Marilu Tolo. 100 min.

Goliath And The Sins Of Babylon(1963) VHS
When the city of Nefer is forced by conquering Babylon to pay a tribute of virgins, in strides Goliath (Mark Forest) to compete in a chariot race and free the put-upon maidens. 80 min.

Hercules Against The Mongols(1963) VHS
After warlord Genghis Khan dies, his three sons go on a murderous rampage, killing innocent people and jailing Princess Bianca until they decide which one will marry her and inherit her land. Her brother escapes and tells Hercules about the troubles. Then Herc gets all medieval on them. Mark Forest, Azia Maria Spim and Renato Rossini star.

Hercules vs. The Sons Of The Sun(1964) VHS
Just what is an Ancient Greek hero doing in South America, you ask? Well, we're not too sure how he got there, but once Hercules (Mark Forest) plants his sandals in the land of the Incas, he's ready to help overthrow a tyrannical king. Anna Maria Pace, Giuliano Gemma also star. 89 min.

Lion Of Thebes(1964) VHS
This lion's not cowardly. He's actually heroic Mark Forrest, who in this gladitorial saga helps save lovely Helen of Troy from a shipwreck and accompanies her to the city of Thebes, where they find themselves embroiled in court intrigue and conspiracies (proving that there's no honor among Thebes). With Yvonne Furneaux. 88 min.

Hercules Against The Barbarians(1964) VHS
The same cast of "Hercules Against the Mongols" gets together for another furious loincloth foray featuring Mark Forest as Hercules. Here he helps the Poles save their beloved Kracow from Mongols led by Genghis Khan's son, Kubali. Ken Clarke and Renato Rossini also star in this anachronistic thrill-a-thon.

Kindar The Invulnerable(1965) VHS
There's a Kindar hush all over the world tonight, thanks to rugged Mark Forest's performance as the hero whom no weapon can injure. His enemies try to learn the secret of Kindar's invincibility in this rare swords-and-sandals fantasy. With Mime Palmara, Dea Flowers.

Goliath And The Dragon (1960)/The Conqueror Of Atlantis [DVD](1965) DVD
Muscleman Goliath (who must have reformed after his fight with David) must battle not only a dragon, but also a three-headed dog, a giant bat, and other mythological roadblocks put in his path by evil ruler Broderick Crawford. Mark Forest stars. Then, Kirk Morris plays the heroic Heralces (that's Greek for Hercules), out to find a Nomad princess kidnapped by masked gold raiders. The journey leads to the lost city of Atlantis, where Morris encounters such oddities as zombies, female guards who will die if they "taste the love of a man," and more...even long pants! With Luciana Gilli. 177 min. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby mono dubbed; theatrical trailers; bonus shorts; photo gallery; more.


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