Bob Mathias (Politician) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Robert Bruce Mathias was an American decathlete, two-time Olympic gold medalist in the event, a United States Marine Corps officer, actor and United States Congressman representing the state of California.

Born: Robert Bruce Mathias, November 17, 1930, Tulare, California, U.S.
Died: September 2, 2006, Fresno, California, U.S.
Political party: Republican
Spouse(s): Melba Mathias (1954–1976), Gwendoyln Alexander (1977–2006)
Education: Stanford University (BA)
Preceded by: Harlan Hagen
Succeeded by: William M. Ketchum
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About Bob Mathias

Famous as both an athlete and a politician, Mathias won gold medals in the decathlon events at the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games and went on to serve during the late 1960s and early 1970s as an eighteenth-district California member of the United States House of Representatives.

Before Fame

He won his first Olympic gold when he was only seventeen years old and a recent graduate of California’s Tulare Union High School.


An actor as well as a decathlete and congressman, he played a recurring role in the short-lived NBC series The Troubleshooters and also appeared in the film Minotaur: the Wild Beast of Crete.

Family Life

His two-decade marriage to Melba Mathias ended in divorce in 1976, and he spent the last three decades of his life married to Gwendoyln Alexander. When he died of cancer in his seventies, he was survived by a son named Reiner and daughters named Megan, Alyse, Romel, and Marissa.


Mathias aided the ultimately unsuccessful second presidential campaign of fellow Republican Party politician Gerald Ford.

Information related to Bob Mathias

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  • American male decathletes
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  • Stanford Cardinal football players
  • Members of the United States House of Representatives from California
  • Olympic gold medalists for the United States in track and field
  • Athletes (track and field) at the 1948 Summer Olympics

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Latest information about Bob Mathias updated on September 01, 2020.

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