Ric Drasin: Think there are no Golden Era bodybuilders worth mentioning that you can’t name? I can almost guarantee there is one that might sound familiar, though you probably don’t know why- Ric Drasin. Confidante and best friend of all of the top guys at the time, Ric Drasin was the ultimate jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none in Hollywood. Over 36 years, he was a bodybuilder, professional wrestler, stuntman, personal trainer, and actor, in addition to being a completely unpaid (yet thoroughly owed) graphic designer of a logo you likely know and love.
Buddy of Joe Gold and the designer of the original logos for Gold’s and World Gym, Ric Drasin was clearly always in the mix in the 1970s bodybuilding world. Behind the scenes as much or more than he was in front of the camera, Drasin wasn’t even a bodybuilder by trade. He was in a band that released two cruisin’ songs on big-time label Capitol Records when he was 16, and two years later Drasin enlisted in the army reserves to celebrate his 18th birthday.
By the time he was 18, Ric Drasin had resolved that he was going to become a professional wrestler, in part to honor his late father with whom Drasin had enjoyed going to wrestling shows. He began working as a trainer and by 21 he was big enough to start training with the most badass female wrestler in history not named Rhonda Rousey- Mae West. Over the following 35 years, Drasin managed small acting roles on Lou Ferrigno’s Hulk show and a ton of bit parts in big named films like The Rock, was champion in three separate wrestling federations, trained with all of the biggest names in bodybuilding and Hollywood, and wrote voluminiously about all of it.
Though he’ll never be a household name, he was the glue that held the 1970s Gold’s Venice crew together. Though never quite big enough to turn the same heads his friends did, he was a star in his own right.