“American Gladiators” star Lee Reherman passes away

The athlete, actor and producer, known as "The Hawk" by fans of the competition series, died on Monday at the age of 49.
March 3, 2016

Lee Reherman – athlete, actor, producer and former star of syndicated competition series American Gladiators – passed away on Monday at his home in Manhattan Beach, California, at the age of 49.

According to various reports, Reherman was in good health at the time of his passing, having undergone hip surgery several weeks ago. No cause of death has yet been revealed, and an autopsy is pending.

Reherman, a former football player in his university days, went on to become a graduate instructor of macroeconomics at UCLA, according to his management company, The Carter Creative. In 1993, he left UCLA to take on the role of “The Hawk” in American Gladiators, a syndicated competition series that pitted amateur athletes against each other, and the show’s cast of “gladiators.”

Other unscripted credits for Reherman included hosting Hot Rod TV for Speed, Off Road Overhaul for The Outdoor Channel, RollerJam on Spike, The American Veteran Awards for History, and co-hosting That Yin Yang Thing with John Fava for TLC.

Recently, he also had roles on TNT’s adventure reality series The Great Escape, and in Star Trek: Into Darkness.

“Every meeting and every set that Lee and I went to, people would shout out ‘Hey, Hawk’ and run up to him,” recalled manager Kathy L. Carter in a statement. “He was loved by so many people from so many diverse backgrounds and all age groups.”

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