Dick DuBois--50's Bodybuilder Dies at 74!

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    Sep 29, 2007 7:20 PM GMT
    This guy was always one of my fave vintage physique models: http://www.classicbodybuilders.com/classicbodybuilderdickdubois.html

    AP - 28.09.2007 13:41

    US: Bodybuilder Richard DuBois, part of Mae West's stage act, dies at

    Richard DuBois, a bodybuilder whose brawny physique landed him parts in
    1950s movies and Mae West's stage act, has died. He was 74. DuBois died
    Wednesday at Saint John's Health Center, said his wife, Gladys DuBois.
    She said an autopsy would be conducted to determine the cause of death.
    The winner of Mr. America and the Mr. USA bodybuilding contests in the
    mid 1950s, DuBois landed a contract with MGM and a role in the 1954
    movie "Athena" with Debbie Reynolds and Jane Powell. He appeared in the
    musical comedy under the stage name Richard Sabre. He later appeared
    with Mae West in her nightclub act as it toured across the country.
    Dubois eventually abandoned show business to become an evangelist, his
    wife said. He spent the last 19 years preaching as pastor of Gospel
    Lighthouse in West Los Angeles.
  • zakariahzol

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    Sep 30, 2007 8:38 AM GMT
    Is he gay?
  • GQjock

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    Sep 30, 2007 12:13 PM GMT
    The body building world was and is Rampant icon_wink.gif
    with homosexuality
  • zakariahzol

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    Sep 30, 2007 12:31 PM GMT
    Well, aside from Bob Paris and another fellow ex-Mr Asia from my country (unmarried at 50's)that are rumour to be gay. I dont know anyone else who is gay. Maybe you can be more specific. That will be wonderful , though!
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    Sep 30, 2007 2:13 PM GMT
    among others - Mike Ergas, new IFBB Pro and openly gay.
  • zakariahzol

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    Sep 30, 2007 3:31 PM GMT
    Big J,

    Just go thru his website. Wow!, his really hot,hot,hot
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    Oct 01, 2007 6:52 AM GMT
    Dick was married if you bothered to read the article. I posted it b/c he was one of the last of his type...bodybuilers who worked w/the greatest photographers of that era. The so called Beefcake era..sword and sandal etc.
    This era was moc-u-mentaried in the film Beefcake...w/the focus on Bob Mizers work w/models.
    Mickey Hargitay died (I believe) last year and there are very few of these guys left alive. I just thot it was noteworthy to anyone interested. NOT to turn the conversation to any modern bodybuilder.
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    Oct 01, 2007 8:49 AM GMT
    Dick was stunningly handsome. I included his pictures, made by Bob Mizer, in "Photoflexion," the first book about the history of bodybuilding photography, in 1984. Like a few other bodybuilders of that period, he was "gay for pay," and participated in several pornographic films. After his religious conversion, he admitted this and actually became homophobic in his preaching, using events in his earlier life as themes in his sermons. As with some other converts who enjoyed a measure of fame or, at least, notoriety, his redemption conveniently occurred well after the successes of his early career. Whatever judgments may be made of his life choices in the future, his image was an inspiration to thousands of young bodybuilders during the "golden age" of physique photography. So far as I am able to tell, he appears not to have used steroids during his bodybuilding career.
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    Oct 03, 2007 6:01 AM GMT
    Radbear thx for that post. I'd LOVE to see that book. From what I can see, as a person that's collected 1000's of vintage physique pics, it doesn't really look like most of the guys were using steroids then. Maybe I'm wrong but they all look naturally built.
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    Oct 04, 2007 4:31 AM GMT
    That's what I thought, until I talked with a nationally famous bodybuilder and model (now in his 70s and looking marrrvelous, by the way) who told me that performance enhancing drugs were known and USED in the late 1950s. Weightlifters also discovered them early on. The last truly natural Olympic heavyweight champ was two-time gold medal winner John Davis - who was also a nude model for some of the great physique photographers when he was still in his late teens. Paul Anderson, who eventually beat him, admitted that he took drugs throughout his long career. Early use of these drugs was rather tentative and often monitored by doctors. Remember, they were not illegal, just unethical - in the eyes of some competitors and trainers. The kind of walking drug stores that now compete were mostly post-Arnold. Behind the scenes, magazine editors and contest promoters make it very clear that they will only deal with those who are willing to take drugs. The hypocritical posturing that appears in some physique rags is sickening. Problem is, the money offered is sometimes large for young men who otherwise can hardly afford training bills, and the short term gratification is obvious. Compare the early shots of Ron Coleman as a true natural bodybuilder with the most recent pictures. Problem is, Jay Leno wasn't interested in the early, natural Coleman, but he did have the later, roided Ron on his show more than once. Lagerfeld even hired Coleman to model clothes in his roided magnificence. On another topic, what about your physique picture collection?
  • Cutlass

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    May 09, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    Mae West was quoted in one of Groucho Marx's biographies as saying, "All the musclemen in my nightclub act were homos. Oh, what a waste of manhood that was." She wasn't exactly very nice in calling them "homos", but that was her style of talking. Dick Dubois was the leading man in her act, and they had a strong relationship. How she knew they were all gay is beyond me, but since she has always been an icon in the gay world, it's not surprising that all the musclemen who adored her were gay.
    It's understandable that when Dick Dubois became a minister,he repudiated the gay world. Most religions are not that accepting of gays. Even Jack LaLanne, whose famous homoerotic pictures with Jack Thomas he tried to suppress when it made the rounds of the Internet, is said to be anti-Gay, yet those pictures with Jack Thomas says it all.
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    May 09, 2010 2:17 AM GMT
    Sad loss. I love classic bodybuilding from the 50's and 60's, and DuBois was always a standout.
    My favorite classic pic of him is

    Straight, gay, who gives a shit. He inspired, and he worked hard and did it without gear. If only the sport were still this way.

    God's speed, sir.
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    May 09, 2010 2:58 AM GMT
    He had some package!
  • Cutlass

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    May 11, 2010 6:52 AM GMT
    Right. Who cares if they were gay or straight. On the other hand, it's kind of nice and comforting when you know they were one of us. As to the use of steroids in the 1950s, I thought all of the bodybuilders looked natural; but it might have been true that there were some steroids available, but I don't think it was endemic. I don't think it was readily available as it is today, and that only a few of them knew about it. In the 1950s you didn't see "gorilla types" with their veins sticking out and their skin leathery.