Natalie Lennox played the second iteration of the two Gladiators known as Lace. The former Playboy model and actress auditioned as a Contender in the 1992 season but impressed the show’s production crew so much that she found herself instantly hired as Lace. It was her only season with the fitness game show leaving Siren to take her place.
That same year, Lace was named “Pet of the Month” by Penthouse magazine. These days she owns and operates a Florida horse farm. Impressively, she snagged the 2014 NPC Orlando Europa Show of Champions bodybuilding competition at the age of 48.
Lace (the Original)
Also known as Marisa Pare, this great NYC American beauty was an interior designer to the stars and a singer in a rock band before becoming a fan-fav competitor. Lace is one of the original Gladiators and performed for three seasons from 1989 until 1992. When she left the show at the beginning of Season 4, "Lace" went to Natalie Lennox.
The original sexy and strong contender started as a lightweight at 120 pounds but built up her strength by Season 3. She shined in the Assault event. Post-Gladiators, she guest-starred in T.V. shows "Clueless" and "Renegade" and posed for "Playboy" magazine.
Like "Incredible Hulk" star Lou Ferrigno, Shelley Beattie was powerful, athletic, and also deaf. She amassed a string of bodybuilding titles, even making the top three at the Ms. International/Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in 1991. She became "Siren" after a stunning audition, pounding out 57 pushups in 60 seconds, a nearly unprecedented feat.
She came to "American Gladiators" to replace the second Lace. And made a huge impact from 1992 to 1996. The audience adored Siren and would stomp their feet and wave hands instead of shouts so she could appreciate their praise. Sadly, a suicide attempt in 2008 proved fatal, and she died at 39.
It only took Rhino six months of training before clinching his first bodybuilding win as a young lad. Mark Smith went on to win practically every British weightlifting contest including London Men's Heavyweight. Agile and spry on his feet, Rhino dazzled fans with slick dance moves and a charismatic personality.
They cheered him on as he went undefeated in Gauntlet, Whiplash, and Suspension Bridge. The "2000 Springbok Challenge 2" was his final ITV competition. His Gladiator moniker collided with his acting career when he voiced Officer McHorn, an animated rhinoceros in Disney's "Zootropolis" (2016). These days he's a movie star living in L.A., with a $17 million net worth.
This strongman set a new record in the Guinness Book of World Records pulling a 20-ton double-decker bus with one hand. Apparently, lifting a 3.5-ton elephant was too easy. Dynamite was small for a Gladiator, clocking in at 5'10" and 250 pounds, but he was formidable.
The professional Russian athlete (whose name was Vladimir Turchinsky) was president of the Russian Federation of Strength Athletes and set records in strength and sport as a Champion of Soviet Union. Tragedy struck. In 2009, a heart attack ended Vladimir Turchinsky's spectacular life. He was 47 years old and survived by his wife Irina and two children.