Lupus made his debut on the CBS-TV’s Mission Impossible
(Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. Channel 2, 10) carrying two suitcases through
a hotel lobby. So?
So actor Wally Cox, who weighs 178 pounds, was
curled up in one of them!
The other contained 178 pounds of lead for counter
In old or new math, that’s 356 pounds.
way it looked in the scene Peter Lupus could have been a feather duster
salesman on his way to work with his sample cases.
The way 28-year-old Lupus looks, on or off-screen,
is big and trim—6-4, 220 pounds with a chest measurement of 50
inches above a 33-inch waist. He’s Willie Armitage, the strongman
in the group of secret agents assigned to those impossible missions
and he isn’t kidding.
He literally picked up Wally Cox plus 178 other
a body building enthusiast who works out in a gym after work every day,
snacks on health foods between scenes, spends $100 a month on vitamins
and food supplements and who has been “Mr. Indianapolis,”
“Mr. Galaxy” in the movie Muscle Beach Party and
“Mr. Hercules” in an Italian movie about the strongman.
Managing a gymnasium in Hollywood paid for his
acting lessons. In the gym he learned from customers Steve McQueen,
Clint Eastwood and others “that for physical roles actors now
realize they must look the part as well as give a good performance.”
From Lurene Tuttle, his drama coach, he says
he learned the secret of acting. “She taught me,” he says,
“to stay in your own truth—to be truthful even while taking
a chance on being bad.”
His “Mr. Hercules” role in the Italian
movie won him four other strongman leads in Spaghetti Land where he
says the people appreciate physical fitness more than Americans.
“But it was funny,” he reports, “While
working in those films people—including the film crewmen—started
to actually believe my fictional feats of strength.”
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