Galen Tomlinson

Recent Role:

Turbo [1990-97] on American Gladiators

Born:

10/15/1960, Fallbrook, California

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  • Galen Tomlinson is an American bodybuilder and actor best known for his role as "Turbo" on the television series American Gladiators.

    Galen helped to raise his niece, Kourtney, after her father died when she was just 4 years old. Since Gladiators ended, Tomlinson has worked as a girls volleyball coach, with his niece being one of his best players.

    He is currently living in California with his wife and daughter.

    Gender:

    Male

    Birth Place:

    Fallbrook, California

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • (On coaching a girls volleyball team) Galen: I would much rather deal with girls, and I don't think they sometimes get the respect they deserve. They are a lot tougher than people give them credit.

    • (After getting the job as Turbo) Galen: I was a weekend athlete, but I was running a concrete company. I quit it right then and pursued an acting career.

    • (On what he liked least about being an American Gladiator) Galen: I would get hundreds of letters in the mail from women proposing marriage. But they didn't even know me. They just knew a character.

    • (On his idol Muhammad Ali) Galen: He's a man who came along and did what nobody else could do at the time. Everybody talked about him having a big mouth. I see him as a man of confidence backing up every word he said!

    • (On becoming an American Gladiator) Galen: There's no other way to put it but that this was supposed to happen for me. It wasn't something I was looking for or aspiring to be. I'm from a real small town and never expected to leave there.

    Trivia (10)

    • Galen's favorite part of being an American Gladiator was being a role model for children.

    • Galen had never seen American Gladiators before he tried out for the show.

    • Galen, unlike many of the other American Gladiators, does not make paid public appearances. He instead chooses only to do appearances that are non-paid for charitable organizations.

    • Galen received scholarship offers from 12 major colleges for both football and wrestling. He did not attend college, instead he moved to Alaska to work on a boat.

    • Galen was "hanging out" at a bodybuilding competition in Los Angeles in 1989 when a talent agent saw him and suggested that he try out for American Gladiators.

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