Born Adriano Bellini in Venice, Italy, in 1938 (some sources claim 1942 and 1946), actor Kirk "Kirky" Morris worked as a gondolier in his native city beginning in his teens. Spotted for films by an Italian producer, Morris went to Rome in 1960 to begin a film career. Throughout his career which lasted about ten years, Kirk Morris starred in a number of sword and sandal films, such as Colossus and the Headhunters, which Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans will recall from season six. One of Morris's best films is the unusual The Witch's Curse (1962). He portrayed Hercules at least three times on screen, most notably in 1965's Hercules, Samson, and Ulysses with also features Richard Lloyd as Samson.

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Various photos of Kirk Morris

After the peplum craze died out in the mid 1960s, Morris's acting career began to slide. He made fewer films after 1965, starring in a couple of westerns and war films before leaving the screen in 1970.

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Colossus and the Headhunters (1961)

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As Maciste in Colossus and the Headhunters; this film once aired on Mystery Science Theater 3000

Triumph of the Son of Hercules (1961)

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As Maciste in Triumph of the Son of Hercules

Hercules in the Valley of Woe (1962)

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Screen captures from Hercules in the Valley of Woe (thanks to Nathalie Manier)

The Witch's Curse (1962)

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From The Witch's Curse. In this film, Maciste curiously turns up in 17th century Scotland to battle the forces of evil

Hercules, Samson and Ulysses (1963)

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In Hercules, Samson and Ulysses, Kirk Morris portrayed Hercules to Richard Lloyd's Samson and Enzo Cerusico's Ulysses

Terror of the Steppes (1966)

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From the Italian adventure Terror of the Steppes with Kirk Morris as Sandar

2 + 5: Mission Hydra (1966) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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As Belsy in the Italian science fiction flick 2 + 5: Mission Hydra, also known as Star Pilot

Rita of the West (1967)

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LEFT: As Ringo in the musical western Rita of the West. RIGHT: With Rita Pavone

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Scenes from Triumph of the Son of Hercules with Kirk Morris as Maciste were used in a deodorant commercial back in the late 1960s. The spot includes celluloid footage of Maciste flexing his muscles, and restraining the horses of Memphis' Queen Tenefis in the chariot torture, with a female voice-over declaring, "My brother works hard. He needs a strong deodorant."

After his film career cooled, Morris moved to the U.S. and went into advertising. Today, Morris produces films in Italy.

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Sapevano solo uccidere (1971) with Alan Steel and Gordon Mitchell
Overrun! (1970)
Seven Red Berets (aka Congo Hell) (1969) with Ivan Rassimov, Serge Nubret, and Priscilla Drake
Saguaro (1968) with Gordon Mitchell and Alan Steel
Rita in the West (1967) with Terence Hill and Gordon Mitchell
Falcon of the Desert (1966)
Maciste, the Avenger of the Mayans (1966) with Maria Teresa Gentilini and Luciano Marin
2+5 Mission Hydra (1965) (aka Star Pilots) with Gordon Mitchell
Conqueror of Atlantis (aka Kingdom of the Sand) (1965) with Helene Chanel
Hercules, Samson and Ulysses (aka Samson Challenges Hercules) (1965) with Richard Lloyd
Desert Raiders (1964) with Rosalba Neri
Atlas Against the Czar (1964) aka Samson Vs. the Giant King
Terror of the Steppes (1964) with Moira Orfei
Hercules of the Desert (1964) with Helene Chanel
Hercules and the Black Pirates (1964) with Alan Steel and Rosalba Neri
Samson and the Sea Beasts (1963) with Margaret Lee
Triumph of the Son of Hercules (1963)
Clash of Steel (1962) with Gianna Maria Canale
Devil of the Desert Against the Son of Hercules (1962)
The Witch's Curse (1962) (aka Maciste in Hell)
Hercules in the Valley of Woe (1961) with Raimondo Vianello, Liana Orfei, Franco Franchi, and Ciccio Ingrassia
Colossus and the Headhunters (1961) this film aired on Mystery Science Theater 3000 as episode #605


Other Hercules Heroes
Go to the Other Hercules Heroes page, featuring Peter and David Paul, Paul Wynter, Jacques Sernas, and Richard Lloyd.

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Watch Kirk Morris' 1964 film The Devil of the Desert Against the Son of Hercules

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