It's okay — we know that people are born gay, but a shockingly larger percentage of gay boys who grew up in the '80s probably discovered the truth about themselves courtesy of The Beastmaster (1982) and its loinclothed star, Marc Singer.
I think his sex appeal inhabits that forbidden space between Peter Scolari (b. 1955) and Kevin Bacon (b. 1958).
In honor of Singer's 71st (!) birthday this week, herewith a gallery of some of his most alluring looks. Granted, many of them are from that movie and its sequels, but hey, when it works that well, it works forever.
First, though, young Marc on a 1974 episode of the Planet of the Apes TV series:
Then, drink in his undeniable beauty in this 1976 production of The Taming of the Shrew opposite Fredi Olster. It's almost obscene:
Blinded by his cuteness in If You Could See What I Hear (1982):
I wish the U.S. miniseries The Contender (1980; no idea network) would have run a bit longer:
Okay, now it's time for all the myriad of Beastmaster drool shots:
Marc was also a highlight of the 1984 Battle of the Network Stars. I still maintain that whoever came up with and executed that idea — luring celebs into skimpy swimsuits for hours of unguarded filming — did more for humanity than whoever invented sliced bread:
Some random hot moments I could not ID:
Of course, many fans recall Marc from V (1983; 1984; 1984-1985; 2011):
And finally, some more recent snaps of Marc, a headshot and a personal pic at home — still a handsome devil at 71: