Lee Reherman, 'Hawk' on 'American Gladiators,' Dies at 49

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Lee Reherman

After 'Gladiators' ended in 1996, Reherman went on to make numerous appearances in movies and TV shows.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lee Reherman, a fan favorite as the towering, muscular Hawk on television's American Gladiators, has died. He was 49.

Reherman, who went on to a successful career as an actor-producer after Gladiators, died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

The cause of death wasn't immediately known. But Reherman's publicist, Anthony Turk, says the actor hadn't been feeling well after recently undergoing hip-replacement surgery.

After American Gladiators ended in 1996, Reherman went on to make numerous appearances in movies and TV shows. He was a regular on the CW series The First Family, playing a White House security agent, and had recently filmed an episode of Jane The Virgin.

Reherman also had a recurring role on the Disney show K.C. Undercover.

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