Dave Draper

Born April 16, 1942
Secaucus, New Jersey, USA


In the mid-to-late ‘60s, Dave Draper, “The Blond Bomber”, came to personify the California blond beach boy muscle ideal that holds sway to this day. An overweight teenager, he set about a transformation that progressed to carving a massive, shapely and spectacularly tapered physique.

Draper began working at Weider headquarters in Union City, New Jersey, before moving to the company’s Santa Monica office in 1963. From that base, he began his climb to bodybuilding stardom, in the process annexing the 1965 IFBB Mr. America, 1966 IFBB Mr. Universe, and 1970 IFBB Mr. World titles.

He had a substantial role as an aspiring bodybuilder in the successful movie Don’t Make Waves (1967), which starred Tony Curtis, Claudia Cardinale and ill-fated Sharon Tate. Known as a free spirit, Draper drifted away from the bodybuilding mainstream in the ‘70s but returned in the ‘80s.

Renowned as one of the sport’s gentlemen, he married wife Laree in 1988 and is now owner of Dave Draper’s World Gym in Santa Cruz, California.


Hall of Fame Inductees for 2000