Bud Spencer, aka Carlo Pedersoli, was the first Italian to swim the 100 m freestyle in less than one minute. He achieved this on 19 September 1950. Spencer participated in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, reaching the semi-finals in the 100 m freestyle (wikipedia).
Spencer would have a brief cameo in QUO VADIS in 1951 and one of his first speaking roles in HANNIBAL (last photo). Amazing how Bud would turn out. Arf.
I usually don't play video games (I don't have much time) but I do have a PSP and play when I'm on the go. I found this game and it's fun. Just setting it up is fun: like many games, you can design your own characters, in this case gladiator; you can rotate him (or her), give him difference faces (all of them angry), different body types. The possibilities are endless. I named this gladiator PHAON, from SAPPHO ~ THE VENUS OF LESBOS. Next one should be HYPERBIUS. There should be a game with all the big PEPLUM stars, like Steve Reeves, Mark Forest, etc and design their look. Now that would be cool.
Elizabeth Taylor, who did a screen test for QUO VADIS, reportedly has a cameo in it after she lost the role to Deborah Kerr. It's difficult to find her in the movie, which boasts a cast of thousands. But here is what some believe is Liz's very brief appearance in the epic movie. Sophia Loren is also reported to be in the movie but I still didn't find any sign of her.