2017-07-24 00:11:58 UTC
Anyone have a current picture of Lupus?
On Thursday, July 2, 1998 at 3:00:00 AM UTC-4, PUSSSYKATT wrote:
> PEOPLE ONLINE...
> Lupus was a constant in an ever-changing ensemble, but most fans remember the
> core group: Peter Graves (who replaced Steven Hill after one season) as Jim
> Phelps, the head of the IM force, Martin Landau as Rollin Hand, Barbara Bain as
> Cinnamon, the late Greg Morris as Barney Collier, and Lupus. "Greg and I worked
> together so well," Lupus remembers. "I used to say if I was in one more tight
> spot with Greg, I was at least going to get engaged. I wouldn't look him in the
> eye or we'd start laughing."
> Lupus once heard Morris telling people on the set that Lupus was the toughest
> guy in the world after Morris tasted Lupus' protein drink and spat it out
> because it tasted so terrible. Lupus replied, "I like it." Drinking it himself
> later, he realized that the thermos had cracked and the drink was putrid. "But
> listen," he says, "Greg thought I was drinking it like that twice a day for
> years." He never told him otherwise.
> The Indianapolis, IN, native got into bodybuilding at an early age, winning the
> titles of both Mr. Indianapolis and Mr. International Health. As a student at
> Butler University, he says, "I was working out, and people were against it
> because it tightened you up. Now everyone does it." He was cast in "Antigone"
> by the college drama coach because the King needed to lift his dead son and do
> a monologue at the same time. "I remember at the first performance, there were
> a lot of women in the audience crying. I couldn't believe it." He changed his
> major from education to drama and headed for Hollywood after graduation.
> The 6'4", 235-pound strong man was discovered, like Lana Turner, at L.A.'s
> Schwab's drugstore. "All my buddies hung out there," he says. "Telly Savalas,
> Max Baer -- we played poker together. I was at the fountain, and a guy said,
> 'Where have you been? They're casting a movie.' Before I knew it, I was in an
> office at Filmways in front of 15 people." The film was 1962's "The Three
> Stooges Meet Hercules." Lupus didn't get the role, but he did get an agent, a
> role in 1964's "Muscle Beach Party" and a contract to make he-man sword-and-
> sandals movies in Italy. He did five films as Rock Stevens. "The studio had
> some crazy names for me," he says. "Rocky Road was one."
> He came back to the states after being cast in "Mission: Impossible." "What
> most people don't know," Lupus says, "is that the show was taken off the
> schedule at the end of the first year. But there was a board meeting at CBS,
> and as everyone was leaving, William Paley, the chairman, said, 'And thanks for
> bringing on my wife's and my favorite show, 'Mission: Impossible.' It was back
> on the schedule the next day."
> For the past four years, Lupus has been the spokesman for Karemor
> International's Vitamist Spray Vitamins -- www.karemor.com. The products are
> what he used to lift those 76,000-plus pounds. After an appearance on "Geraldo"
> in 1996, when Lupus, looking much as he did in his "Mission" days, touted the
> vitamins, the company received 14,000 calls. But the memory of the "Geraldo"
> show he did with his former "Mission" castmates is a sad one. "It's the last
> time I saw Greg," he says. "Marty, Barbara, Peter Graves and myself had our own
> memorial for him."
> In 1974, after "Mission," Lupus posed for "Playgirl" magazine in what proved to
> be a runaway best-selling issue. "Burt Reynolds had done a nude photo for
> 'Cosmopolitan,'" Lupus recalls. "But his hand was bigger." He doesn't have a
> copy of the magazine, "just the original equipment." The issue sold out in a
> day in Chicago, three days in New York and three days in L.A. "You couldn't
> believe the offers I got," he says with a shake of his head. "And women would
> want me to sign the photo -- well, you know where they wanted me to sign. When
> 'Playgirl' had their 10-year anniversary, they said, 'We have shots we didn't
> use -- please let us use them.' I said no, that's it. My sister told me if I
> did another one, she'd commit suicide."
> Today Lupus keeps up a tough workout and travel schedule. Besides Karemor
> vitamin promotion, he works with the President's Council for Physical Fitness,
> spearheaded by Arnold Schwarzenegger. As for acting -- the original "Mission"
> cast was included in the first three drafts of the 1996 Tom Cruise big screen
> "Mission: Impossible," and there's always a chance of appearing in a sequel.
> Lupus lives in L.A. with his wife of 38 years, Sharon ("the only woman I ever
> had more than four dates with"). His son, Peter Lupus III, recently turned 28
> and is an aspiring actor.
> Lupus values his memories of "Mission: Impossible" plus one more thing: "Three
> billion people saw the series, and it still plays all over the world. To a lot
> of people, I'm still 29 years old."
> -- MARIA CIACCIA (pronounced "cha cha")