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Greg Plitt
George Gregory Plitt, Jr.

(1977-11-03)November 3, 1977
DiedJanuary 17, 2015(2015-01-17) (aged 37)
Cause of deathStruck by a train
Alma materUnited States Military Academy
Occupation(s)Fitness model, actor
Modeling information
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorGreen

George Gregory Plitt, Jr. (November 3, 1977 – January 17, 2015) was an American fitness model and actor. He starred in the Bravo television series Work Out.[2] He died at age 37 when he was struck by a train locomotive while filming a video.

Early life, family and education

Greg Plitt was originally from Lutherville, Maryland. His mother was an interior designer, and his father was a real estate agent.[2] Plitt had an older sister who attended the United States Naval Academy.[1]

Plitt said that he had been a fitness buff since his father bought a home gym when Plitt was in sixth grade; he was further inspired after seeing how his older sister changed after her first year in the Naval Academy.[3]

Plitt was a graduate of Gilman School, Class of 1996, in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was on the football, wrestling, and golf teams. He was also a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Class of 2000,[2] and was both Airborne and Ranger qualified.


Plitt served in the US Army as a Ranger for five years.[2]

He was a certified personal trainer in Los Angeles. He was a member of the official MET-Rx athlete and was awarded the MET-Rx Athlete of the Year award for 2012.[4] He was the author of the workout program MFT28 as featured by and appeared on covers and/or in editorials for Maxim, AXL, American Health & Fitness, Flaunt, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Men's Health, FitnessRx for Men, Instinct Magazine, and Men's Exercise, among others.

Plitt compared his work as a physical trainer to his work training military recruits:

That transformation that you see when someone becomes a soldier; many of them come in with real bad attitudes.... they start changing their ways and they become the men they always wanted to be. Then other soldiers start looking up to them as role models. Then they're proud and they hold their heads high. That's more gratifying than anything I've done. That's what's so cool about it — to be able to train somebody and transform them and bring out all of the great qualities that everyone possesses.[3]

Plitt was a global spokesperson/model for Thierry Mugler's Angel Men and ICE*Men men's fragrances. He did TV commercials for Old Spice Body Wash, ESPN's Great Outdoor Games, Under Armour, MTV, Zoli Sinks, Gold's Gym Power Flex, Bowflex, and modeled for Under Armour, Old Navy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Modell's, and Skimpies, among others.

In his later career, he had several acting roles. Images of his body were used to create Dr. Manhattan's muscular physique in the 2009 film Watchmen,[5] as well as the corpse of General Zod in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[6]


Plitt was struck and killed by a southbound Metrolink Antelope Valley Line train 268, led by Metrolink MP36PH-3C locomotive no. 888 in Burbank, California, on January 17, 2015, while running between the rails. The entire incident resulting in his death was recorded by an onboard event recorder camera mounted in the cab of the lead locomotive.[7][8] After examining the video, police reportedly told TMZ Plitt may have been trying to outrace the train when it approached for a video he was shooting. He was shortly after knocked off the tracks and out of frame.[9] He may have believed the train was coming up behind him on a parallel track, not the one he was on.[10] The video was for a self-produced energy drink commercial.[11]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Friends to Lovers Himself Reality TV; Season 1
2014 Mystery Millionaire[12] Himself Secret Dating Show (episode 1.3)
2013 Grudge Match Skydiving Instructor
2013 Work Out in the Zone Himself (Personal Trainer)
2011 Paul Cruz: Latin Actor (A Mockuseries) Jeremy TV Comedy
2009 Terminator Salvation Hybrid Male (deleted scenes)
2009 Watchmen Dr. Manhattan (CGI)
2008 Work Out Himself (Personal Trainer) (7 episodes)
2007 Last Call Before Sunset Rico
2007 Six Sex Scenes and a Murder Robert
2007 Extra Himself Entertainment News Show
2007–08 Days of Our Lives Henderson
2007–08 Designed to Sell Himself-Carpenter (episodes 4.1 to 4.21)
2006 The Good Shepherd Guard with Sullivan
2006 Bobby Bellhop
2006 Seduction Male lead Thalia Music Video
2006 Identity Himself (Stranger) TV series (episode 1.2)


  1. ^ a b "Greg Plitt Biography". Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Cohn, Meredith (April 15, 2008). "Six-pack to stardom: Lutherville native Greg Plitt hopes his role on Bravo Network's 'Work Out' is a step toward Hollywood". The Baltimore Sun. p. C1.
  3. ^ a b Mann, Chris (2006). "Former Army Ranger Greg Plitt Joins Bravo's Work Out. Can He Handle the Truth (of Hollywood)?". Muscle & Body Magazine. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011.
  4. ^ "MET-Rx Athlete of the Year". MET-Rx. Archived from the original on March 16, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  5. ^ McCarthy, Erin (March 9, 2009). "The Making of Watchmen's Dr. Manhattan". Popular Mechanics. Archived from the original on March 27, 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2009.
  6. ^ Wood, Matt (April 2, 2016). "Batman V Superman Video Shows How General Zod's Body Was Made". Cinema Blend. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  7. ^ "Fitness Model Struck and Killed by Train in California". The New York Times. Associated Press. January 18, 2015. Archived from the original on January 19, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  8. ^ Metrolink [@Metrolink] (January 18, 2015). "AV Line 268 to Los Angeles is currently stopped near Burbank Downtown due to striking a person on the tracks. Updates to follow" (Tweet). Retrieved January 19, 2015 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "Bravo Star -- Died in Superman Stunt Trying to Outrun Train". EHM Productions, Inc. January 20, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  10. ^ "More details surface about death of Greg Plitt". CBS News. CBS Interactive Inc. January 20, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  11. ^ Grazzar, Brenda (February 4, 2015). "Beverage company says it bears no fault in Greg Plitt's Metrolink death in Burbank". Los Angeles Daily News. MediaNews Group, Inc. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  12. ^ "Cast:Greg". Mystery Millionaire. WE tv. Retrieved January 18, 2015.

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