In the 1950s, Richard Du Bois was one of the most sought after physique models.
Dick was born March 4, 1933 in Poughkeepsie, NY. He was an excellent swimmer who won many contests as a teenager. He also spent long hours studying to be an actor.
At 6’1” and 207 pounds, in the 1950s he became one of the most sought after physique models, appearing in nearly all of the physique magazines. Dick spent a lot of time in front of the AMG cameras, appearing in at least nine Physique Pictorials and one AMG posing film that was ultimately released by Apollo Films. According to Bob Mizer, he was not only one of the handsomest Mr. Americas of all time, he was also one of the most sensitive and intelligent. AMG first offered pictures of him in 1953, when a dozen of his 4x5 double weight silk finish photos would have set you back $2.50.
That same year he came in 2nd Place in the Mr. America bodybuilding contest. A year later he took 1st Place. He had a leading role in the 1954 musical comedy film Athena with Debbie Reynolds and Jane Powell and later that year was part of a night-club act with Mae West and fellow model George Eifferman.
In 1957, when he was the current Mr. USA and former Mr. America, he announced that he would be entering the ministry. Dick was a disciple of the famous philosopher Anthony Norvell, he was a student of metaphysics and the occult for many years, and he had developed some extraordinary extra-terrestrial communications.
He told Mizer that he now had a happiness that he had never known before in his life.
In 1959 Dick’s sister married his close friend, physique model Ed Fury. Later that year Dick married Gladys Hunt.
By 1960 the young Pentacostal Evangelist was preaching to attentive and enthusiastic crowds across the country and spent the rest of his life doing so. Before passing away on September 29, 2007, Dick Du Bois was the pastor of Gospel Lighthouse Church of West Los Angeles for 19 years.
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