Dan Vadis Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Shanghai, China
Died in Lancaster, California, USA  (in auto, in desert) (accidental drug overdose; acute ethanol and heroin-morphine intoxication)
Birth NameConstantine Daniel Vafiadis
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dan Vadis was born on January 3, 1938 in Shanghai, China as Constantine Daniel Vafiadis. He is known for his work on High Plains Drifter (1973), The Ten Gladiators (1963) and Rebel Gladiators (1962). He was married to Sharon Jessup. He died on June 11, 1987 in Lancaster, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Sharon Jessup (? - 11 June 1987) ( his death)

Trivia (5)

Served in the Navy.
Member of the Mae West Muscleman Revue in the late 1950s.
Was good friends with fellow muscle man Gordon Mitchell, who helped him get into the film business.
He began his film career as a star in the Italian produced sword and sandal/mythological muscleman movies. His films were produced in the waning years of that genre. However, unlike the other stars of that genre, he was able to obtain roles in the next popular Italian produced genre, the spaghetti westerns.
Dan Vadis featured as Frank, one of the "Black Widows", a motorcycle gang that gave Clint Eastwood's character, Philo Bedoe, no end of trouble in Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980).

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