Selected from an open casting call in 1992, Barry Turner rose above more than 300 elite athletes to be dubbed Gladiator Cyclone, named for his speed and size. Turner said it was the “single greatest accomplishment in my professional life.” He stepped down after an injured bicep forced him out but picked up movie parts in “Death Becomes Her” and “The Bodyguard.”
These days he’s running a protein snack company featuring healthy cookies, muffins, and other baked goods. He co-founded the business with his buddy Barry Graham and served as its CEO. As of today, turner has an estimated net worth in the region of $600,000 and $1 million.
Jim Starr was a bodybuilder and NFL player before taking the American Gladiator challenge. He played for the Los Angeles Rams in 1987 after having won the Mr. Montana bodybuilder title in 1986. A football injury, by coincidence, introduced him to the show.
During his off time, a chance meetup with Gladiator Dan "Nitro" Clark led him to "American Gladiators." Score! Starr competed in all seven seasons and held the title for the longest-serving male Gladiator. Unfortunately, he also holds the record for the most injuries. Now he owns Sports Nutrition Consulting Group and is a director at Life Time Fitness.
Cheryl Baldinger had a truly unforgettable time as an American Gladiator. In fact, she was better known as Sunny on the show and she was one of the six original American Gladiators. The 6'2" bundle of strength and beauty presented a dominating force. She came to the show as a competitive swimmer and a model.
A knee injury in the semi-final episode of Season 1 derailed Baldinger's Gladiator aspirations. Falling from a high platform while fighting Tracy Phillips in the Conquer event ended it. That's when Jade was called in to replace Sunny. After AG, she turned to acting, modeling, art, and competitive bike riding.
Dallas, the 'Texas Twister,' originally tried out to be an American Gladiator Contender in Houston, Texas. Impressing producers during training, she was asked to be a Gladiator instead. In her first year on the show, she competed as an alternate in the Gold Medal Challenge of Champions and International Challenge of Champions in 1994.
Nicknamed 'Dallas' due to her origin, she quickly became a fan favorite. Known for her backflips, Dallas excelled in strength events such as Joust, Powerball, and Conquer. In 1995, she won the Alumni/Tiger Twins Challenge against fellow Gladiator Zap. Dallas later became an IFBA Platinum Heavyweight Champion and undefeated Toughwoman contests fighter, among other achievements. Nowadays, she runs the Gladiator Arena gym in Florida and has two children.
Sabre, a former football player and member of the Bloods gang in high school, broke a bone in his back in 1988, ending his football career. In 1992, his wife told him about tryouts for "American Gladiators," where he beat 600 other contestants for a position. Sabre joined the show in Season 4, and later competed in two seasons of International Gladiators in Birmingham, England.
He was known for his strength, holding a black belt in karate and bench pressing 550lbs. His favorite events were Powerball, Breakthrough & Conquer, and Whiplash. Sabre also made several TV appearances and starred as Jax in the "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation" movie sequel. He is married with three children and speaks at local schools as a member of the Constitutional Rights Foundation and Cancer II Foundation.