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Bob Paris
Born Robert Clark Paris
December 14, 1959 (1959-12-14) (age 50)
Columbus, Indiana
Spouse(s) Brian (1996 – present)[1]
Official website

Bob Paris (born Robert Clark Paris on December 14, 1959) is a writer, actor, public speaker, civil rights activist and former professional bodybuilder. Paris was the 1983 NPC American National and IFBB World Bodybuiding Champion, Mr. Universe.



Early life

Paris grew up in Southern Indiana. He played high school football and participated in track and field events. There, Paris first began lifting weights, leading him down the road to professional bodybuilding.


In 2006, Flex Magazine ranked Bob Paris the most aesthetic athlete in the history of bodybuilding. Renowned for both his aesthetics and artistic approach toward the sport, he was also a dedicated advocate for the rights of athletes and an outspoken voice in the push for drug testing at the professional level. He retired from bodybuilding in 1991.

In addition to his writing career, Bob Paris remains a civil rights advocate and motivational speaker. He is also a model and a classically trained theatre actor. Since rising to fame in the early eighties, Bob Paris has graced the covers of scores of magazines worldwide.

On October 10, 1998, he made his New York stage debut, starring at Carnegie Hall opposite Bea Arthur, Sandy Duncan, Michael Jeter, Philip Bosco, Alice Ripley and Tyne Daly in the Broadway musical, Jubilee as the character Mowgli.

In 2009, he performed in a recurring role on the first season of the ABC Television series, Defying Gravity.[2]

Personal life

In the July 1989 issue of Ironman magazine, Paris came out in the media as a gay man.

He and his then-partner, Rod Jackson, had a commitment ceremony in a Unitarian church in 1989, started successful non-profit companies, lectured on a wide variety of LGBT rights issues, and made many television, radio, newspaper and magazine appearances. In 1995, the two separated.

Today, Paris lives with his spouse, Brian, on an island near Vancouver, British Columbia.[3] Together since 1996, Bob and Brian were legally married after Canada equalized the marriage laws in 2003.

Books written by Bob Paris

  • Beyond Built: Bob Paris' Guide to Achieving the Ultimate Look (1990)
  • Natural Fitness
  • Straight From The Heart (as co-author)
  • Gorilla Suit (1997)
  • Flawless: The 10-Week Total Image Method for Transforming Your Physique
  • Generation Queer: A Gay Man's Quest For Hope, Love & Justice
  • Prime: The Complete Guide to Being Fit, Looking Good, Feeling Great (2002)

Photography books of Bob Paris

Bodybuilding competition overview

As an amateur:

  • 1981 NPC Mr. Los Angeles, (Los Angeles, California), Light-heavyweight class and Overall: 1st
  • 1982 NPC Mr. Southern California (Pasadena, California), Light-heavyweight class and Overall: 1st
  • 1982 NPC California Muscle Classic (Pasadena, California), Light-heavyweight class and Overall: 1st
  • 1982 NPC Mr. California (San Jose, California), Light-heavyweight class: 2nd
  • 1982 NPC American National Championships [Mr. America] (New York City), Heavyweight class: 3rd
  • 1983 NPC National Championships [Mr. America] (San Jose, California), Heavyweight class and Overall: 1st
  • 1983 IFBB World Championships [Mr. Universe and professional qualifier] (Singapore), Heavyweight class and Overall: 1st

As a professional:

IFBB Mr. Olympia:

Additional professional competition highlights:

NPC = National Physique Committee IFBB = International Federation of BodyBuilders

See also


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