Lee Reherman
Born(1966-07-04)July 4, 1966
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
DiedTemplate:Death date and given age
Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, television host
Years active1992–2016
Partner(s)Natalina Maggio

Lee Reherman (July 4, 1966 – March 1, 2016) was an American actor, appearing in television and film and hosting television reality shows.

Early lifeEdit

Reherman was born on July 4, 1966, in Louisville, Kentucky.[1] He attended Cornell University, where he played football as an offensive lineman.[2] Following his graduation with a B.S. in 1988, he attended the Miami Dolphins training camp trying out for the team's offensive line, but did not make the team.[2][3][4] Thereafter, he earned his MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He was pursuing a doctorate in economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, although left to begin his television and film career.[5]

Professional careerEdit

In 1992, Reherman made his first professional acting appearance as an unnamed football player in the television show Columbo. The following year, he had a small named part in the film Last Action Hero, but began creating a name when he joined the American Gladiators television show as "Hawk".[4] He remained with the show until its cancelation in 1996, also appearing from 1995 to 1996 in the spin-off International Gladiators 1. Through this time and after, he continued with small spots in television programs and television hosting roles, including a recurring position with the American Veterans Awards on the History Channel. Reherman reprised his "Hawk" nickname on RollerJam, serving as color commentator.

In 2007, Reherman became the regular host of Hot Rod TV and Forza Motorsport Showdown on the television network Speed. He hosted Forza Motorsport Showdown for one season. He also hosted the series Battle of the Supercars (2010) (Speed), Off-Road Overhaul (2011–2012) (Outdoor Channel), and Game Changers (2013) (Stage 5 TV).

In addition to one-offs and occasional appearances, Reherman had recurring acting roles on several television series, including Look: The Series (2010) and The First Family (2012–2013). He was also featured regularly on reality show The Great Escape (2012) as a guard.

Reherman also worked in video games, providing voices for characters in Dead Rising 3 and Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. The projects he was working when he died will go on as planned.[6] In 2010, he appeared in a recurring role on the ABC soap opera General Hospital.[7]


He was found dead on March 1, 2016, by his girlfriend, Natalina Maggio, in his house in Manhattan Beach, California.[8] He had died from a blood clot after undergoing hip replacement surgery a few weeks earlier.

On November 2, 2018, researchers at the VA-BU-CLF announced that Reherman had stage 2 CTE[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Last Action Hero Krause Comic fantasy-action film directed and produced by John McTiernan.[9]
1996 Downhill Willie Han Saxer drama film directed by David Mitchell.[10]
1997 Champions Steele Manheim Sports-drama film directed by Peter Gathings Bunche.[11]
1998 Crossfire Big Ed Action-drama film directed and written by Gary S. Lipsky and Joe Zimmerman.[12]
Heaven & the Suicide King Matt Rakowski Thriller film directed and written by Todd A. Spoor (credited as Todd Spoor).
2004 Death and Texas Sportscaster Comedy film directed and written by Kevin DiNovis.[13]
2005 Detective Deputy Crime drama film directed by David S. Cass Sr..
2007 Bratz Vice Principal Sludge Musical live-action comedy film based on the Bratz line of cartoon characters & dolls and directed by Sean McNamara.[14]
2009 Not Easily Broken Coach Spinello Romantic comedy-drama film directed by Bill Duke.[15]
Race to Witch Mountain Lieutenant Gunn Template:Plain list
2010 Father vs. Son The Big Nasty Comedy-romantic film directed and c-written by Joe Ballarini.
2011 Fred & Vinnie Adam Clark Comedy film directed by Steve Skrovan.[16]
Coming & Going Danny Comedy-romantic film directed and co-written by Edoardo Ponti.[17]
2013 Holt & Randy: For Sale Host Short film
Star Trek Into Darkness Uniformed Mercenary Science fiction-action film directed by J.J. Abrams.[18]
2014 Holt Kills Randy Unknown Comedy film directed by Jason Heath and Russell Griffith (co-writer).
2017 Two Faced Doctor (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Columbo Football Player Episode: "A Bird in the Hand"
1993–00 American Gladiators Hawk 19 episodes
1995 Ellen Hawk Episode: "Gladiators"
MADtv Fist Episode: "Episode #104"
1995–96 International Gladiators 1 Hawk Contract role
1996 Buddies Busboy Episode: "The PSA Story"
1997 Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee Himself Episode: "May 30, 1997"
1998 Hard Time Motorcycle Cop Made-for-TV-Movie directed by and starring Burt Reynolds.[19]
1999 The Net John Storm Episode: "Last Man Standing"
Caroline in the City Sweeney Brother #1 Episode: "Caroline and the Ancestral Home"
BattleBots Host Live event broadcast on ZDTV
Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Mark Episode: "Welcome to Bent Cooper"
Also known as Special Ops Force
1999–01 RollerJam Host Contract role
2001 XFL Sideline Reporter Contract role
The X-Files Yuri Volkof Episode: "Vienen"
Angel The Captain Episode: "There's No Place Like Pirtz Glrb"
Gilmore Girls The Doorman Episode: "Red Light on the Wedding Night"
Cannonball Run 2001 Host Contract role
2002 The X-Files Yuri Volkof Template:Plain list
2003 The Shield Ludvig Episode: "Dead Soldiers"
NCIS Sgt. Tuers Episode: "Hung Out to Dry"
2003–05 Arena Host Contract role
2004 Eve Turbo Episode: "Party All the Time"
That's So Raven Carl Episode: "Spa Day Afternoon"
2005 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Amputator the Celebrity Wrestler Episode: "Maddie Checks In"
Malcolm in the Middle Episode: "Mrs. Tri-County"
2006 Charmed Soldier Episode: "Payback's a Witch"
The Chelsea Handler Show Midget Wars Host Episode: "Episode #1.6"
2007–13 Hot Rod TV Host Contract role
2007 In Case of Emergency Frank Episode: "Pilot"
The Closer Deputy Slad Episode: "Manhunt"
Final Approach Armed Terrorist Tucker Action-Thriller Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Armand Mastroianni.
Sharpshooter Ziggy Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Armand Mastroianni.[20]
2008 Cory in the House Slade Episode: "Model Behavior"
Leverage Grady Episode: "The Homecoming Job"
2009 Star-ving Officer Reherman 4 episodes
Wizards of Waverly Place Doug Normous Episode: "Hugh's Not Normous"
Prison Break Deckard Episode: "VS."
2010 Hannah Montana Chet Episode: "Got to Get Her Out of My House"
General Hospital Frank 5 episodes
Terriers Randy Oaks Episode: "Pilot"
90210 Coach Laketa Episode: "2021 Vision"
Terriers Randy Oaks Episode: "Quid Pro Quo"
Look: The Series Officer Munson 11 episodes
2011 Medium Jason Bumgarner Episode: "Only Half Lucky"
Regular Show The Fire Marshall, Forearmageddon (voice) Episode: "Really Real Wrestling"
Workaholics Chuck Episode: "Muscle I'd Like to Flex"
Chuck Simms Episode: "Chuck Versus the Curse"
2012 Blackout Cooper 3 episodes
The Great Escape Guard Episode: "Escape From Alcatraz"
2012–2015 The First Family Special Agent Ross Hardison 29 episodes
2013 Mr. Box Office Special Agent Ross Hardison Episode: "Mr. Jackson Goes to Washington"
2014 Sam & Cat Mark Bonner Episode: "#BlueDogSoda"
Mighty Mia Skwar Action-comedy Made-for-TV-Movie directed and co-written by Gev Miron.
2015–2016 K.C. Undercover Victor 3 episodes
2016 Jane the Virgin Lee Episode: "Chapter Thirty-One"
Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life Kyle Episode: "How to Survive Losing Your Phone"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Voice[21] Directed by Keith Are and David Jankowski.
2013 Dead Rising 3 Voice[21] Directed by Tom Keegan and George Samilski.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Associated Press Staff (March 1, 2016). "Lee Reherman, 'Hawk' on 'American Gladiators,' Dies at 49". NBCNews (NBC). Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Other sports". Cornell Alumni News (October 1988). p. 25. Accessdate 8 June 2014. "Lee Reherman '88 got a trial with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League in mid-summer. The two-time All-Ivy offensive lineman said he enjoyed the experience, though he didn't make the team."
  3. (in en) Philip and Heath talk with Lee Reherman host of BATTLE OF THE SUPERCARS on SPEED Channel and former NFL battler in training camp with the Miami Dolphins. Lee gives us Fantasy Football owners the insight on what training camp is really like.. Chat about It. August 11, 2010. Event occurs at 1:35–1:55. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Lee Reherman". The Carter Creative. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  5. Rogers, John (March 2, 2016). "'American Gladiators' Lee Reherman dies at 49". USA Today (Gannett Company). Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  6. TMZ Staff (March 5, 2016). "EX 'GLADIATORS' STAR UNFINISHED TV PROJECTS WILL MARCH ON". TMZ. Time Warner. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  7. "Press release". Lee Reherman. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  8. Leopold, Todd (March 2, 2016). "'American Gladiator' Lee Reherman, 'The Hawk,' dies at 49". CNN (Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner)). Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  9. "Last Action Hero". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  10. "Downhill Willie". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  11. "Champions". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  12. "Crossfire". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  13. "Death and Texas". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  14. "Bratz". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  15. "Not Easily Broken". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  16. "Fred & Vinnie". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  17. "Coming & Going". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  18. "Star Trek Into Darkness". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  19. "Hard Time". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  20. "Sharpshooter". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  21. 21.0 21.1 WENN Staff (March 1, 2016). "Athlete-turned-actor Lee Reherman has been found dead at the age of 49". Retrieved March 11, 2016.

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