Whether he’s battling headhunting aliens in Predator, or governating in the real world, this small-town Austrian bodybuilder turned world-renowned celeb turned political animal is a no-brainer as one Hollywood’s all-time fittest.
Immortalized as Rocky Balboa and John Rambo, Sly Stallone’s cut physique has muscled him into Men’s Fitness’ Hall of Fame. A self-made man, Stallone worked his way up from humble beginnings curling broken car parts to acting, writing, and producing much of his own material. He will forever remain in the pop imagination as the macho man that overcomes the odds with brute strength and determination.
Crews is an ex-NFL athlete with as much of a penchant for comedic flair as sporting his domineering and impressive powerful presence, famous for his whimsical Old Spice commercials and action hero roles. With an expansive chest and towering physique, he’s taken his place amongst the Hollywood immortals as an everything man capable of action, comedy, and drama roles in hit films.
Also known as The Rock, Johnson rose to fame in the WWE ring, delivering much-needed ass-kicking medicine to his foes via the Samoan Drop, the Rock Bottom, and the infamous People’s Elbow. He broke out of his narrow wrestling niche to find his way onto the big screen, touting a massive well-sculpted body and guns the size of howitzers. He pushed his acting limits to the max recently as Paul Doyle in Pain and Gain, a bodybuilder fallen from grace.
The father of the American martial arts flick, Bruce Lee punished villainy on screen with high pitched death screams and mind-boggling feats of fitness. Melding the fine arts of kung fu and thespian brilliance in Enter the Dragon and Fists of Fury, Lee brought the art of self-defense and physical perfection to the forefront of cinematic imagination.
Famous for his slick-talking, sardonic gangster-type roles in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, Statham is a martial arts aficionado, former model, and diver for Britain’s National Diving squad that brings swagger to the big screen. Whether he’s battling a seedy underworld boss in the The Transporter or toppling autocratic regimes in The Expendables, he’s doing it with a little bit of crazy and a whole lot of muscle.
Martial arts expert, Texas Ranger, and terminal badass. Norris was the first Westerner to ever earn an eighth-degree black belt in tae kwon do. He’s created his own personal brand of Kung fu, Chun Kuk Do, and was rewarded with the Golden Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Karate Union Hall of Fame. It’s rumored that the only thing hard enough to shave his beard has yet to be discovered.
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“The Muscles from Brussels” started off in the kickboxing ring and then enshrined himself as the jacked righteous hero with slick karate moves, an iron jaw, and enough late ’80s and early ’90s mullet heavy action and sci-fi thrillers to make even a hipster blush.
Recently sporting the body of a god in Pain and Gain, Wahlberg has demonstrated a knack not only for fitness, but also great acting ability. In a wide variety of roles in movies like The Fighter, Ted and I Heart Hucakabees, Wahlberg has shown he can play the field of cinema from comedy, drama, to thriller.
Bodybuilding champ and star of the 1959 film Hercules Unchained, Reeves is recognized as the first man to popularize the bodybuilder superhero physique on screen, inspiring future actors like Stallone and Schwarzenegger to beef up and take Hollywood by the horns.