Bodybuilder Peter Lupus

Peter Lupus: Actor, Body Builder & Net Worth

Peter Lupus is a famous American actor. He starred in the long-running TV series Mission: Impossible in the 1960s as Willy Armitage.

Peter is also a bodybuilder and has participated in several body-building competitions.

He has set a world weightlifting record by lifting 76,280 pounds for 24 minutes on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

Smiling Peter Lupus
Smiling Peter Lupus

Here, we will take you through Peter Lupus’ early life, personal life, overall career, and net worth.

Before that, let’s have a quick review of his comprehensive biography.

Quick Facts

Here are some quick facts about Peter Lupus:

Full Name Peter Nash Lupus Jr.
Nick Name Peter Lupus, Rock Stevens
Date of Birth June 17, 1932
Birth Place Indianapolis, Indiana
Birth Country United States of America
Residence Indianapolis
Gender Male
Nationality American
Religion N/A
Race/ Ethnicity White/ Mixed
Horoscope Gemini
Father’s Name Peter Nash Lupus Sr.
Mother’s Name Mary Irene Lambert
Siblings N/A
Age 91 Years Old
Height 6 feet 4 inches or 1.93m
Weight 115 kg
Eye Color Black
Hair color Black
Body Measurements N/A
Awards Golden Globe Award
School N/A
College Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Married (1960)
Spouse Sharon M. Hilderbrand (actress)
Children Peter Lupus III (son)
Profession Actor, Bodybuilder
Net Worth $1 million to $5 million
Social Media N/A
Last Update May, 2024


Early Life: Family and Parents

On June 17, 1932, Peter Lupus was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was born to Mary Irene Lambert and Peter Nash Lupus.

Lupus’s father was from Sareen, Lebanon, and his mother was American.

He is American by birth and holds a mixed ethnic background. Currently, there is no information on his siblings.

Peter was interested in becoming a bodybuilder from a young age. Lupus started to do workouts at a gym in his hometown, Indianapolis, to make a dream reality.

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Education: Schools and College

Lupus was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hence, he was raised in Indianapolis and joined school there. But which school he joined is not available.

However, Lupus joined the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University.

The actor graduated from college in 1954. When he was in college, he used to play basketball and football.

Lupus: Personal Life

Lupus is married to a beautiful woman named Sharon Hildebrand. Sharon is an actress. He has been living a happy family life.

Peter met Sharon at a gym located in Indianapolis in the 1950s. They got married in 1960 after few years of dating.

The couple had a son, Peter Lupus III, in 1970. He is an actor and editor, just like his father.

Unlike Peter, his wife Sharon is out of glamour. She prefers to keep a low profile and enjoys private personal life.

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Lupus’s Son: Lupus III

Lupus III is an actor and editor, just like his father.

He has worked in several movies that include American Streetfighter (1992), Curse of the Forty-Niner (2002), The Strange Case of Dr. Jeky, and Mr. Hyde (2006), and many more.

Age, Height, Weight, and Body Measurements

The bodybuilder is 91 Years Old, and he celebrates his birthday on June 17 every year.

He is considered one of the handsome American male actors because of his height and outstanding physique.

Lupus stands for a height, 6 feet 4 inches or 1.93m, and he weighs 115kg. However, his actual body measurements are not available at the moment.


Peter Lupus is an actor and a bodybuilder. He has gained fame in both fields. Here, we will discuss his career both as an actor and a bodybuilder.


Lupus is considered an American hunk. With his outstanding physique, he has been admired in the film industry.

The actor has appeared in several movies since the 1960s.

Some of his movies include Muscle Beach Party in 1964, where he starred as Mr. Galaxy, Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon in 1994, and Challenge of the Gladiator in1965.

Mission Impossible & Controversies

Among all the TV series, the long-running series Mission: Impossible has made Lupus gain more fame as a Willy Armitage.

Peter Lupus posing for a picture
Peter Lupus posing for a picture Source: Wikipedia

Mission: Impossible series was aired on CBS for seven years, from 1966 to 1973. In the series, Willy Armitage was a muscle man with a strong, silent type, usually with few dialogues.


He has made an appearance in almost all episodes. But in the 5th season, the producers decided to drop Peter’s character. This created a buzz among fans and the film industry.

However, producers couldn’t find a suitable replacement for Peter’s character, and considering his popularity, the producer hired him back.

After then the actor continued as Willy in almost all seasons along with Greg Moris. However, Moris got to play in more episodes.

Other TV Series

Lupus’s other TV series include Police Squad!, where he played the repeated role of Detective Norberg.

He also starred in Spy Game, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Chips, etc.

He portrayed a boxer with a glass jaw in Joey Bishop Show. Lupus also acted as a guest Tarzan on Jack Benny’s Television show.

Apart from the TV shows and movies, Lupus has appeared in adverts and commercials as well.

In addition, Lupus starred as a Superman in the United States Air Force commercials.

Peter Lupus in Playgirl Magazine, 1974th Edition

In April 1974, Lupus posed full-frontal nudity for Playgirl magazine. He was one of the first famous male actors to do so.

The nude photographs of Lupus led him to face many issues.


Lupus started to work out at a gym from his young age as he was interested in bodybuilders. During his teenage, he participated in many competitions.

The bodybuilder won several competitions because of his remarkable body physiques, such as Mr. Indianapolis, Mr. International Health Physique, and Mr. Hercules.

He also acted in the “sword and sandal” films in the 1990s, after which he was famous as Rock Stevens.

Moreover, Rock Stevens promoted European Health Spa by making his appearance and signing autographs at many gym grand openings.

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What is Lupus doing in the present day?

There is a saying, “ Where there is a Will, There is a way.” Just like this proverb, Peter, though he is in his 80s, he is still working.

In Maricopa country, Arizona, he was a member of Sherriff Joe Arpaio’s volunteer posse.

Peter worked as a representative for a vitamin company and as a spokesperson in the Hollywood Hills area for several years.

Recently, he accepted small parts in films and TV shows.

Breaking record at 75

On his 70th birthday, Peter set a world weightlifting record after lifting 76,280 pounds for almost 24 minutes.

Again after five years, on July 19, 2007, at age 75, Peter broke his own record by lifting 77,560 pounds for 24 minutes at the Spectrum Club in EI Segundo.

The bodybuilder has always managed to stay in great shape and still works out even in his 80s.

Lupus Books

Several books are written about Peter Lupus. Some of the books include:

  • Peter Lupus’ Celebrity Body Book: A body Improvement Guide for Men and Women, 1980
  • Lupus’ Guide to radiant Health and Beauty: Mission Possible for Women, 1978
  • 300 Incredible Things for Health Fitness & Diet on the Internet, 1999

Lupus’s books primarily focus on body health and physical fitness, which his many fans like.

Net worth and Salary

Since Peter has gained fame both as an actor and a bodybuilder, he has earned millions of money in his entire career.

“The famous actor and bodybuilder, Peter Lupus has net worth between $1 million to $5 million.”

He has been earning through appearance in several adverts and commercials and selling his autographed pictures.

Peter Lupus: Autograph Worth

Not only is the actor famous but his autograph is also famous.

His autograph on letters, pictures, contracts, postcards, etc., is widely renowned and has a sale price of more than 100 dollars each.

Lupus's autograph on his picture
Lupus’s autograph on his picture

The autographs on the letterhead of his vitamin company worth $198 now.

Peter Lupus: Social Media

Peter Lupus is successful in both his professional and personal life. He has gained both fame and money with his acting and bodybuilder career.

However, he seems to be inactive on social media platforms.


Who is Peter Lupus?

Peter Lupus is a famous and renowned American actor and bodybuilder. And he is popularly known after his role as Willy Armitage in a long-running TV series, Mission Impossible.

Did Lupus have an affair?

No, there is no information on his affair with any other woman. He is a wise and caring husband of Sharon.

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  1. I always admired him as a young man, tried to get my body to start to match his. Not easy to do – he always seemed like a warm, understanding guy. Those thighs, man!

  2. Mr. Lupus was always one of my favorite stars and seemed like this article details as a good family man husband, and Father. God Bless Mr. Lupus

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