Sergio Ciani was born in Italy, but went by the apt stage moniker Alan Steel for most of his movies while playing various mythological he-men, including Hercules, throughout the course of his career. He also went occasionally by his birth name and the names Alan Scott (the name of the original comic book Green Lantern superhero) and John Wyler in films. Steel was one of the few native Italians to play these generously pectoral heroes; most of the Hercules actors were transported from America. He started his career off as the body double for Steve Reeves (who dwarfed the 5'11" Alan by two inches) in the sequel Hercules Unchained (1959) and Giant of Marathon (1960). But within a few years Steel was posing front-and-center as Hercules, Ursus, Samson and other incredibly muscled heroes. Steel was the star of Hercules Against Rome (1964) and Hercules Against The Moon Men (1964), the latter being one of a few sword and sandal spectacles to actually incorporate science fiction into the genre. It was not surprising to also find Steel cast as a heavy during this time—menacing the very heroes he was prone to playing.
After the Hercules phase was over, Steel went on, unlike other peplum