Feb 17, 2015
Mitch Gaylord: Hunk of the Month
Ok, the guy was extremely muscular, and I liked the sound of his last name, but why the awe? Was he, like, famous or something?
I started noticing him in ads for Diet Coke, Levis, Nike, and Vidal Sassoon Shampoo, and, when I moved to Los Angeles in 1985, sundry posters in gay bookstores.
Scott Madsen, he became the new spokesman for Soloflex exercise equipment, flexing while lady fingers caressed his shoulder, with the risque tagline "A hard man is good to find."
In March 1985 he appeared with Lucille Ball, Scott Baio, Douglas Barr, and practically every other celebrity I had ever heard of on Night of 100 Stars.
I don't follow sports. Who knew?
Mitch Gaylord wasn't in the spotlight for long. He starred in American Anthem (1986), about two gymnasts, male and female, who fall in love while training for the U.S. Olympic team. He was nominated for a Razzi award for the Worst New Actor.
And in a couple of softcore porn movies.
And as a contestant on American Gladiators (1994-95).
He hasn't made any public acknowledgement of his gay fans, but I guess that's better than Scott Madsen's homophobia.
Besides, he was the Hunk of the Month.