Bob Paris was born on 14 December 1959 (as Robert Clark Paris). He is an actor, writer, civil rights activist, public speaker and former professional bodybuilder.
Paris was born and spent his childhood in Brown County and Columbus Indiana. In his childhoods and early teens, he likes to paint, write short stories and hiking. He also won National Scholastic awards for his drawings. He was also in the debate team, did track & field, golf and was a good football player in his school.
He discovered bodybuilding when he found an old rusty weighing machine in the back of his school’s basketball court. After experimenting with that machine, he started to gain size, and his interests shifted from sports to weight lifting and bodybuilding.
He moved to California after his college to pursue his dream of becoming a bodybuilder, actor, and writer. His bodybuilding career started when he won NPC Mr. Los Angeles in 1981. He also participated in IFBB Mr. Olympia contest five times but couldn’t manage to get in top 3. But he was ranked as the most aesthetic athlete in the history of bodybuilding by Flex magazine in 2006.
In 2006 edition of Ironman magazine, he declared him as gay. That year he appeared in Oprah Winfrey show, talked about why he didn’t hide his homosexuality, for that he replied that doesn’t feel right to hide it when you are in love. He and his boyfriend became a symbol of gay marriage and advocated gay rights. His bodybuilding career ended in 1991 because he came out as gay. He said that he got life threatening calls and mails, and he lost 80% of his bookings and endorsements for bodybuilding.
Books written by Bob Paris are: Beyond Built: Bob Paris’ Guide to Achieving the Ultimate Look (1990), Natural Fitness, Gorilla Suit (1997), Flawless: The 10-Week Total Image Method for Transforming Your Physique, Generation Queer: A Gay Man’s Quest For Hope, Love & Justice, Prime: The Complete Guide to Being Fit, Looking Good, Feeling Great (2002).
After seven years of being together, he broke up with his boyfriend and legally married to Brian LeFurgey in 1996 after the province equalized the marriage laws in 2003.
- 1984 – IFBB Mr. Olympia : 7th
- 1985 – IFBB Mr. Olympia : 9th
- 1988 – IFBB Mr. Olympia : 10th
- 1989 – IFBB Mr. Olympia : 14th
- 1991 – IFBB Mr. Olympia : 12th
- 1981 – NPC Los Angeles Championships
- 1983 – NPC Nationals
- 1983 – IFBB World Amateur Championships (HW)