Scott was also a popular physique model during the early to mid 1960s, working for such famous photographers as Bruce of LA and Don Whitman, of Western Photography Guild. His "posing strap" material for Pat Milo (known professionally as simply "Milo") is today considered fine art. It was Milo who introduced Scott to a wide, appreciative audience and helped him hone his posing and photographic persona: that of the "boy next door." Larry regularly appeared in all of Joe Weider's bodybuilding magazines, including Mr. America and Muscle Builder, and he also figured prominently in Demi Gods, Muscleboy, and The Young Physique.
From 1960 until his retirement from competition in 1966, Scott was bodybuilding's top superstar. Bodybuilding magazines soon began capitalizing on his image, but Larry - an IFBB athlete - wrote exclusively for Joe Weider's publications. Larry's popularity completely eclipsed all other bodybuilders of his time, including such famous personalities as Freddy Ortiz, Chuck Sipes, Dave Draper, Leo Robert, Harold Poole, and a very young Sergio Oliva. The phenomenon has since become known as "Larry fever" and reached its apex at the 1966 Mr. Olympia competition, where Larry defended his title and once again took home the crown (literally, since the prize was $1,000 and an actual crown).
Scott's retirement at the young age of 28 sent shockwaves throughout the sport. But Scott had other priorities (a second marriage), and after two Olympia wins, he'd done all he could do in competitive bodybuilding.
Scott continues to have a devoted fan base. One fan, Rod Labbe, (a freelance writer) collaborated with Scott on four major published articles; a two-part interview in Flex magazine; Ironman; MuscleMag International, and Ironman again). According to Labbe, "Larry is my childhood hero, a true American success story. It's an honor for me to work with him." Their last interview, entitled "The Golden Man," appeared in two consecutive issues of Ironman magazine in 2006. They are currently working on a new article about American International's Beach Party, released in 1963 where Scott played the role of "Rock," a Bodybuilder who was part of "Jack Fanny's (Don Rickles) exercise group.
Today, Scott is in his mid-60's and enjoys good health and still sports 20" biceps. He wrote his autobiography Loaded Guns and is an active, energetic force in Bodybuilding. Currently, Scott has a website through which he offers bodybuilding guidance and training programs.
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