Joe Bonomo was one of the early “Mail Order Muscle” stars and a contemporary of Charles Atlas.
As a young boy, Bonomo was fortunate enough to meet a Polish strongman named Ladislaw who taught him how to train.
Soon the boy they used to call “toothpicks” became a star football player and gymnast. Right out of high school Joe won a talent search contest in the Daily News for “The Modern Apollo” — which led to a role in a motion picture.
He went on to star in dozens of movies as both an actor and a famous stuntman. His performances in serials and adventure films earned him many fans, many of whom wrote in asking how he had developed his rugged physique.
Joe created a form letter detailing his training and sent it to anyone in need of advice. The demand became so large that an outright mail-order business soon followed. In addition to his work in Hollywood, Joe Bonomo inspired millions of young men around the workd with his strength building courses.