Like “Incredible Hulk” star Lou Ferrigno, Shelley Beattie was powerful, athletic, and also deaf. She amassed a string of bodybuilding titles, even making the top three at the Ms. International/Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in 1991. She became “Siren” after a stunning audition, pounding out 57 pushups in 60 seconds, a nearly unprecedented feat.
She came to “American Gladiators” to replace the second Lace. And made a huge impact from 1992 to 1996. The audience adored Siren and would stomp their feet and wave hands instead of shouts so she could appreciate their praise. Sadly, a suicide attempt in 2008 proved fatal, and she died at 39.
Olympic swimmer, Sharron Davies won two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in 1978 and broke her own 400-meter record in 1992. The swimming champion turned to the Gladiator arena in 1995. She was an intimidating force, but a knee injury ended her run.
One operation wasn't enough to repair the damage in time for the show's next season. By 1996, she was out. Since then she's authored health and fitness books and videos and provided commentary for BBC at swimming events and at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Davies was honored with an MBE in 1993 for her swimming achievements.
Lace (the Original)
Also known as Marisa Pare, this great NYC American beauty was an interior designer to the stars and a singer in a rock band before becoming a fan-fav competitor. Lace is one of the original Gladiators and performed for three seasons from 1989 until 1992. When she left the show at the beginning of Season 4, "Lace" went to Natalie Lennox.
The original sexy and strong contender started as a lightweight at 120 pounds but built up her strength by Season 3. She shined in the Assault event. Post-Gladiators, she guest-starred in T.V. shows "Clueless" and "Renegade" and posed for "Playboy" magazine.
Lace (the Second)
Natalie Lennox played the second iteration of the two Gladiators known as Lace. The former Playboy model and actress auditioned as a Contender in the 1992 season but impressed the show's production crew so much that she found herself instantly hired as Lace. It was her only season with the fitness game show leaving Siren to take her place.
That same year, Lace was named "Pet of the Month" by Penthouse magazine. These days she owns and operates a Florida horse farm. Impressively, she snagged the 2014 NPC Orlando Europa Show of Champions bodybuilding competition at the age of 48.
It only took Rhino six months of training before clinching his first bodybuilding win as a young lad. Mark Smith went on to win practically every British weightlifting contest including London Men's Heavyweight. Agile and spry on his feet, Rhino dazzled fans with slick dance moves and a charismatic personality.
They cheered him on as he went undefeated in Gauntlet, Whiplash, and Suspension Bridge. The "2000 Springbok Challenge 2" was his final ITV competition. His Gladiator moniker collided with his acting career when he voiced Officer McHorn, an animated rhinoceros in Disney's "Zootropolis" (2016). These days he's a movie star living in L.A., with a $17 million net worth.