Former American Gladiators gladiator Lee Reherman, who was also an actor and later a reality television host, died this week in his home of undisclosed causes. He was 49. He was reportedly recovering from hip replacement surgery performed earlier this year.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1966, Reherman attended Cornell University where he played Football. After an attempt to go pro following his graduation, he went on to earn an MBA from UCLA before embarking on an acting career.
He was best known for performing as the Gladiator “Hawk” on American Gladiators from 1993 to 1996, and also on the show’s spinoff International Gladiators 1. Following the show’s cancellation, he continued in entertainment. Among his other credits, he appeared on The First Family, Jane The Virgin, NCIS, among others. He also hosted Hot Rod TV and Forza Motorsport Showdown on the Speed television network. He also occasionally voice acted in video games.
The show paid tribute to Reherman on its official Twitter feed.