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Samson is no stranger to the spotlight. Here's a list of his celebrity appearances, plus some of the best books, movies and websites about him – together with handy links so you can go searching and shopping.
Celebrity Appearances

Samson has had a great career in films, the earliest being the primitve 1903 silent movie, Samson and Delilah – see him lift a canvas and balsa wood door! His most famous starring performance was in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah, starring Victor Mature. His most surreal appearance was in the Mexican movie, Samson versus the Vampire Women, which comes complete with squinting vampire women and a wrestler wearing mask, tights and a cape.

The crowning glory, though, must go to the creatively-named Samson and Delilah of 1996, in which Delilah was played by Liz Hurley.

Samson also starred in John Milton's second-best poem, Samson Agonistes, and has a walk-on part in The Canterbury Tales, his story being retold as part of "The Monk's Tale". He also appears in Procul Harum's song, Strong as Samson.


Samson Agonistes
John Milton
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Samson and His Strength
Alice Joyce Davidson
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Samson the Strong Man
Penny Frank
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The Samson Syndrome: What You Can Learn from the Baddest Boy in the Bible
Mark Atteberry
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Samson and Delilah (1949)
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
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Samson and Delilah (1996)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
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Buy a limited edition Samson and Delilah mug – click!
Read Milton's Samson Agonistes with full notes – click!
Chaucer's retelling of the story in "The Canterbury Tales" – click!
Samson in the Jewish Encyclopedia – click!
Samson in the Catholic Encyclopedia – click!
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