Alan Steel

Sergio Ciani (7 September 1931 – 5 September 2015), best known as Alan Steel, was an Italian bodybuilder and actor.

Alan Steel
Sergio Ciani

(1935-09-07)7 September 1935
Died5 September 2015(2015-09-05) (aged 79)
Ostia, Rome, Italy
Years active1959-1979

Born in Rome, Ciani started his career as a stuntman; then he became the body double for Steve Reeves in Hercules Unchained and in The Giant of Marathon, in which he also played a minor role.[1] In the early 1960s he adopted the stage name Alan Steel and starred the leading roles in a number of peplum films with good commercial success.[1] With the decline of the genre Steel thinned out his appearances, until his retirement at the end of the 1970s.[1]

Ciani died in his sleep at his house in Ostia, Rome, at age 79, just two days short of what would have been his 80th birthday.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. Roberto Chiti, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano. Gli attori. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 8884402131.
  2. "Addio a Sergio Ciani, l'Alan Steel del cinema italiano: da Ercole a Maciste". Il Messaggero. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
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