Dan Lurie, Bodybuilder, Businessman

Long Island Herald

Dan Lurie, best known for his bodybuilding feats and relationships with many celebrities died on Nov. 6, 2013. He was 90.

Lurie, who continued to lift weights into his 80s, arm wrestled President Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office in 1984 and was instrumental in bringing the “Great Communicator” to Temple Hillel in North Woodmere that same year.

Born in 1923 with a heart murmur, Lurie was not expected to live more than five years. In his youth, the Brooklynite began weightlifting to build up his skinny physique and was an advocate of exercise throughout his life. He learned to play checkers and was a state champion at 13.

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Dan Lurie: More Than Just Muscles

Dan LurieMany in bodybuilding, particularly those who’ve been around for awhile, are well aware of Dan Lurie. Dan’s story is an inspirational one; as a skinny kid with a heart murmur, he threw himself into exercising of all kinds, including gymnastics, boxing, then of course his fateful entry into bodybuilding. Dan transformed his physique so much so as to become the winner of the “Most Muscular Man” in the Mr. America contest, three times running. At 5’6½” tall and 165 pounds, Dan developed a muscular, pleasing, athletic physique which many could relate to and aspire to. Dan also entered the business world, as he began manufacturing and selling exercise equipment, later he owned and operated gyms, finding a solid place in the bodybuilding industry, building a considerable business empire from his own unstinting efforts. His accomplishments in the sport as well as his entertaining personality even landed him a role as a strongman, “Sealtest Dan, the Muscle Man,” appearing in “The Sealtest Big Top Circus” on CBS tv.

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Sealtest Dan, The Muscle Man

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Dan Lurie appeared on the Sealtest Big Top Circus Variety Show.  He played "Sealtest Dan, The Muscle Man".  Sealtest Big Top was a children's television show that aired on CBS from July 1, 1950 to 1957.

A Tribute to Dan Lurie

Dan Lurie

Bodybuilding Legends Toast Dan Lurie, The Last Icon of the Sport's Founding Trinity
Dan Lurie left behind an accomplished legacy as a fitness promoter capable of legendary physical feats. Join bodybuilding stars past and present as they remember "Dan the Muscleman."
Like any billion-dollar global industry, bodybuilding would not have gotten where it is today without a solid foundation built by passionate, pioneering individuals. Dan Lurie was one of the sport's founding fathers, and his lofty dreams and peerless work ethic gave him a wide-ranging influence that his level of fame didn't always match. This man of strength and power, who in his prime pressed a 285-pound barbell with one hand at a body weight of 168 pounds, took his final breath on November 6, 2013.

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