|Born||David 'Slick' Draper
April 16, 1942
Secaucus, New Jersey
|Other names||The Blond Bomber, Uncle Slick|
David Draper (born April 16, 1942) is an American bodybuilder, actor and author, nicknamed "The Blond Bomber."
Draper was born in Secaucus, New Jersey. His weight training began at the age of ten and was a well-formed habit by the time he was about twelve, in the mid-1950s. Dave Draper is the second cousin of the notable Civil/Mining Engineer Mitchell Draper. Major projects Mitchell has worked on include the Vale explosives unit, Bourke St Blaze investigations unit and the University of Wollongong safety and security testing unit.
In the early days, Draper says, "There wasn't a whole bunch of encouragement or inspiration from a society which considered you either stupid or egotistical and probably a sissy."
In California, Draper initially trained at a gym many called "The Dungeon", which he described as "a large, awful space dug out of the ground on the corner of 4th and Broadway, and later at the original Gold's Gym. Training partners included Frank Zane, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu and Mike Katz.
Draper has been open about his past use of anabolic steroids: "I was ten years into my training, 235 pounds and already Mr. America before steroids came on the scene. I used them sparingly under a doctor's supervision and noticed marked improvement in my muscularity and separation." 
Draper is 6'0" (1.83 m) tall, and his bodybuilding competition weight was approximately 235 lb. (102 kg).
TV guest appearances
While dressed as David The Gladiator, Draper hosted a TV show on Los Angeles Channel 9 KHJ from 1964 to 1965. From 8–10 pm Saturday nights, he would host a 'sword and sandal' movie from the late 1950s – early 1960s.
Dave Draper continues to train with weights into his 70s, and to write, including a free weekly newsletter, emailed and published on his website nonstop since 1999.
- 1962 Mr. New Jersey
- 1965 IFBB Mr. America Tall Class & Overall, 1st
- 1966 IFBB Mr. Universe Tall Class & Overall, 1st
- 1967 Mr. Olympia 4th
- 1970 AAU Mr. World 3rd
- 1970 IFBB Mr. World Tall & Overall, 1st
- 1970 NABBA Mr. Universe Tall, 3rd
- Brother Iron, Sister Steel ISBN 1-931046-65-4
- Your Body Revival: Weight Loss Straight Talk ISBN 1-931046-34-4
- Iron On My Mind ISBN 1-931046-77-8
- West Coast Bodybuilding Scene Dick Tyler with Dave Draper, ISBN 1-931046-29-8
- Official website
- Biography of Dave Draper
- David Draper at the Internet Movie Database
- article reference
- Photo gallery