American Gladiators

The syndicated program THE AMERICAN GLADIATORS (first aired in 1989) featured a group of muscle-bound athletes who competed in very physical “king-of-the-mountain” type challenges including rope climbing, dodging tennis ball cannon fire, and rolling huge metallic spheres.


At the opening of each program the announcer boldly proclaimed: “From Universal Studio, the Samuel Goldwyn Company presents AMERICAN GLADIATORS. Selected from a nationwide search, twenty men and women have come to Hollywood to challenge our force of American Gladiators for a single honor, to become American Gladiator champions. Now here are your American Gladiator Champions”

The following is a list of participants over the years:

  • Blaze (Sha-ri Pendelton)
  • Gemini (Michael Horton)
  • Hawk (Lee Reherson)
  • Lace (Marisa Pare)
  • Nitro (Dan Clark)
  • Gold (Tonya Knight)
  • Laser (Jim Starr)
  • Thunder (Billy Smith)
  • Ice (Lori Fetrick)
  • Turbo (Galen Tomlinson)
  • Viper (Chuck Berlinger)
  • Diamond (Erika Andersch)
  • Malibu (Darren McBee)
  • Titan (David Nelson)
  • Tower (Steve Henneberry)
  • Sabre (Lynn “Red” Williams)
  • Sunny (Cheryl Barldinger)
  • Zap (Ray Hollitt)
  • Storm (Debbie Clark)
  • Sky (Shirley Eson),
  • Elektra (Salina Bartunek)
  • Siren (Shelley Beattie)
  • Jazz (Victoria Gay)

Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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