Melvin Anthony

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Melvin Anthony
Melvin Anthony IFBB 2008 Australia.jpg
Melvin Anthony at the 2008 IFBB in Australia
Personal info
Born (1969-11-13) November 13, 1969 (age 49)
United States California
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)[1]
WeightOff-season: 280 lb (127 kg)
Competition: 247 lb (112 kg)[1]
Melvin Anthony at 2008 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix VIII

Melvin Anthony is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder.[2] Melvin is serving a 10 year prison sentence.

Early life[edit]

Melvin Anthony grew up to be a Requis look-alike in the middle-class neighborhoods of Sacramento and Riverside, California. Melvin first started working out at 13 and by the time he was 18 had a solid enough physique to earn a football scholarship at San Bernardino Valley College (MT. Sac.) where he was the powerback in a two running back system.[citation needed]


It was in his late college years that Anthony hurt his knee and started competing in bodybuilding contests. In 1993 Melvin got his first major result, a 3rd place at the Fontana Miss Universe contest Heavyweight class. His first NPC (National Physique Committee) competition came in 1995, where he placed 1st in the heavyweight class of the NPC Palm Springs competition. His first IFBB competition came in 2000, where he placed 2nd in the Night of Champions (now called The New York Pro). After other various competitions he competed in his first Arnold Classic in 2001, where he placed 2nd. His first Mr. Olympia was in 2001, where he placed 11th.[citation needed]

Anthony has been featured in many fitness and bodybuilding magazines, such as Flex.[volume & issue needed] He also appears in the movie Blood and Bone alongside Michael Jai White.

Melvin is widely recognized as the Best poser of the Modern Bodybuilding era. He has won the "Best posing" award at almost every event he has competed in. His stunning flexibility combined with his mass and symmetry create quite a show on stage. Not considered one of the "mass monsters" of bodybuilding, Melvin relied on his symmetry, separation, and sheer aesthetics to take down some of the larger competitors.

Later life[edit]

After retiring from professional bodybuilding in 2010, Melvin moved to southern Mississippi. In August 23, 2015, he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute, and unlawful possession of a firearm. In January 2017 he was again arrested for delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm. On January 19th he was sentenced to two concurrent 10 year sentences, and is currently incarcerated in the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. [3]


  • Height: 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)[1]
  • Off Season Weight: 280 pounds (127 kg)[1]
  • Competition Weight: 247 pounds (112 kg)[1]
  • Chest Size: 55 in (140 cm)[1](4 ft. 7 in.)
  • Upper Arm Size: 21 in (53 cm)[1](1 ft. 9 in.)
  • Thigh Size: 28 in (71 cm)[1](2 ft. 4 in.)
  • Waist Size: 27 in (69 cm)[1](2 ft. 3 in.)
  • Calf Size: 21 in (53 cm)[1](1 ft. 9 in.)

Contest history[edit]

  • 1993 Musclemania, Heavyweight, 3rd
  • 1998 NPC USA Championships, Super-Heavyweight, 2nd
  • 1999 NPC USA Championships, Super-Heavyweight, 1st and Overall
  • 2000 Night of Champions, 7th
  • 2001 Arnold Classic, 7th
  • 2001 Grand Prix Australia, 7th
  • 2001 Grand Prix England, 6th
  • 2001 Grand Prix Hungary, 8th
  • 2001 Ironman Pro Invitational, 2nd
  • 2001 Mr. Olympia, 11th
  • 2001 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 3rd
  • 2002 Night of Champions, 8th
  • 2002 Southwest Pro Cup, 10th
  • 2003 Arnold Classic, 8th
  • 2003 Ironman Pro Invitational, 2nd
  • 2003 Mr. Olympia, 9th
  • 2003 Cross Dresser Challenge
  • 2003 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 4th
  • 2003 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 8th
  • 2004 Hungarian Pro Invitational, 4th
  • 2004 Night of Champions, 1st
  • 2005 Arnold Classic, 5th
  • 2005 Ironman Pro Invitational, 4th
  • 2005 Mr. Olympia, 7th
  • 2005 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 3rd
  • 2006 Arnold Classic, 5th
  • 2006 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 3rd
  • 2006 Mr. Olympia, 5th
  • 2007 Mr. Olympia, 6th
  • 2008 Arnold Classic, 8th
  • 2008 Australian Pro Grand Prix, 2nd
  • 2008 Atlantic City Pro, 1st
  • 2008 Mr. Olympia, 6th

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Melvin Anthony".
  2. ^ Fleeman, Michael (2007-08-28). Killer Bodies: A Glamorous Bodybuilding Couple, a Love Triangle, and a Brutal Murder. Macmillan. pp. 114–. ISBN 978-0-312-94202-1. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Melvin Anthony Serving 10-Year Prison Sentence". FLEX online. 22 April 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017.

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