Robert Henry “Bob” Mizer

Robert Henry “Bob” Mizer

Birth
Hailey, Blaine County, Idaho, USA
Death 19 May 1992 (aged 70)
East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Memorial Park G Lot 6154 Space 1
Memorial ID 80801919 · View Source
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Born Robert Henry Mizer. Photographer and filmmaker. The 1998 movie Beefcake was part documentary/part dramatization of his life. In a fifty-year career, he built his reputation by photographing bodybuilders and youths, often in posing straps or less. In December 1945 he established the Athletic Model Guild (AMG) in his large family home, a compound with multiple buildings and courtyards that eventually included sets used to depict diverse locales and allowed for both still and moving pictures to be shot. Violation of the Comstock Law for distributing obscene material through the mail landed him in jail for nine months in 1947. In 1951 he launched his main publication, Physical Pictorial, suggesting that the photos therein were instructional material for the fitness minded but were largely considered homoerotic. By the early 1950s he began making short films and by the early 1980s had produced over three thousand titles. He photographed over ten thousand men, including the first photos of actors Ed Fury, Glenn Corbett, and Joe Dallesandro. In 1980 he began using videotape and in twelve years recorded over seven thousand hours of footage. He worked right up to the end of his life and his catalog is reported to include nearly one million images.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Chris Mirando
  • Added: 21 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 80801919
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Henry “Bob” Mizer (27 Mar 1922–19 May 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 80801919, citing Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .