In 1978, Ric Drasin was cast as an Olympic weightlifter in "Sextette," where he traded quips with MAE WEST in her final screen performance. Born during the month of July — — on 12 July 1944 — — the handsome six-footer is celebrating his 66th birthday today.
• • Hailing from Bakersfield, California, this very versatile gentleman calls himself an artist and actor as well as a stuntman, writer, personal trainer, former bodybuilder, and retired professional wrestler.
• • It was Ric Drasin who designed both the original Gold's Gym logo — — a cartoon sketch of a bald weightlifter — — and the World Gym gorilla logo. Arnold Schwarzenegger was Drasin's weight training partner for four years at the original Gold's Gym in Venice, California.
• • Drasin wrestled professionally for 36 years (1965 — 2001) while also winning titles in amateur bodybuilding contests during his younger years. Though Drasin retired from the ring at age 57, he remains active as a professional wrestling instructor. He is also a Specialist Reserve Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department and a spokesperson for Gold's Gym International; he also continues his work as an artist, actor, and author.
• • On this magazine cover, Ric is on the extreme right. Happy Birthday, tall, dark, and handsome!
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • July 1977 issue with Mae West and Ric • •
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