Bob Paris

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Bob Paris
Born Robert Clark Paris
(1959-12-14) December 14, 1959 (age 55)
Columbus, Indiana
Spouse(s) Brian LeFurgey (1996 – present)[1]

Bob Paris (born Robert Clark Paris on December 14, 1959) is an American-Canadian writer, actor, public speaker, civil rights activist and former professional bodybuilder. Paris was the 1983 NPC American National and IFBB World Bodybuilding Champion, Mr. Universe.[1]


Early life[edit]

Paris was born and grew up in Southern Indiana. He was both an artistic and athletic young man. He won National Scholastic awards for his drawings and paintings, was active in his school’s theater group and debate team and he wrote short stories in his spare time. From an early age, he was an avid outdoorsman who dedicated a large portion of his time to hiking and backpacking through the wooded hills of Indiana’s Hoosier National Forest and other nearby wilderness areas. He was also a dedicated bicyclist. He played high school football and was active in both track and field and golf. Paris often said that it was this blending of his artistic and athletic sides that initially lead him to pursue bodybuilding.[2][better source needed]


In 2006, Flex Magazine ranked Bob Paris the most aesthetic athlete in the history of bodybuilding.[3] Renowned for both his aesthetics and artistic approach toward the sport, he was also a dedicated advocate for the rights of athletes[2][better source needed] and an outspoken voice in the push for drug testing at the professional level.[1] He retired from bodybuilding in 1991.[1]

In addition to his writing career, Bob Paris remains a civil rights advocate and public speaker. He is also a model and a classically trained theatre actor. Since rising to fame in the early eighties, Bob Paris has appeared on the covers of scores of magazines worldwide.[1]

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.[4]

In 2009, he performed in a recurring role on the first season of the ABC Television series, Defying Gravity.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In the July 1989 issue of Ironman, Paris came out in the media as a gay man. He was the world’s first male professional athlete, in any sport, to come out in the media while still an active competitor in his sport.[1][6]

Today, Paris lives with his spouse, Brian LeFurgey, on an island near Vancouver, British Columbia. Together since 1996, Bob and Brian were legally married in British Columbia after the province equalized the marriage laws in 2003.[1]

Books written by Bob Paris[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Bodybuilding competition overview [1][edit]

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


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Legends of Bodybuilding 2, Winter, 2012, Robert Kennedy Publications
  2. ^ a b Bob Paris/bio at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "Perfect 20: Presents The Top 20 Most Aesthetic Physiques Of All Time". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  4. ^ "Jubilee Carnegie Hall Concert (1998)",
  5. ^ Bob Paris at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ Ironman Magazine, July, 1989