Mickey Hargitay, the Hungarian-born bodybuilder who parlayed his mid-1950s Mr. Universe titles into an acting career and married Hollywood sex symbol Jayne Mansfield, has died.
He was 80. Hargitay, the father of Emmy-winning actress Mariska Hargitay, died Thursday in Los Angeles, a family spokeswoman said today. She did not provide further details.
Hargitay and Mansfield appeared together in the 1960 film "The Loves of Hercules," one of the many fantasy-adventure movies produced by Italian filmmakers.
In a 2003 interview with The Times, Hargitay said that "The Loves of Hercules" was a chance to work with his then-wife, sex symbol Mansfield. Hargitay and Mansfield were the parents of actress Mariska Hargitay.
"I wanted in the worst way to do the film with Jayne," said Hargitay. "At that time, we didn't tell anybody, but Jayne was pregnant. I noticed it myself she was getting a little bit heavier [making the movie] than she normally was."
Mae West recruited Hargitay and other well known bodybuilders to perform in her live stage revue, which toured the country in the mid-1950s.
--Los Angeles Times