Lou Ferrigno

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Lou Ferrigno

Born

11/9/1952, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Birth Name

Louis Jude Ferrigno

Gender

Male
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Biography

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Lou Ferrigno is the youngest body builder ever to hold the "Mr. Universe" title (age 20) and the only one to win it two consecutive times. He has also played professional football in Canada. Weighs 275 pounds - with 59" chest -34" waist - 22-1/2" bicep - 29"…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Lou Ferrigno makes a cameo appearance as a security guard in the 2008 movie The Incredible Hulk. He is also credited as supplying the voice for the Hulk in the movie.

    • Lou Ferrigno has authored a best-selling exercise book: Lou Ferrigno's Guide to Personal Power, Bodybuilding and Fitness for Everyone.

    • In the tradition of other famous bodybuilders of the 1950s and 1960s (like Steve Reeves), Lou Ferrigno also had his voice dubbed for the Hercules films he starred in.

    • In 1990, Lou Ferrigno put his handprints in front of Hollywood Hills Amphitheater (Walt Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park).

    • In 1972 Lou Ferrigno won the Mr. America contest.

    • In 1981 Lou Ferrigno was scheduled to be the personal guest of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at a public event. At the last minute Ferrigno's appearance was cancelled by Sadat. A few days later Sadat and 12 others were killed at an annual military parade. Later, it was discovered that the killers had originally wanted to assassinate Sadat at the same event where Ferrigno would have been sitting by President Sadat. Ferrigno thinks that he would have been killed with Sadat if his appearance had not been cancelled.

    • According to his book My Incredible Life As The Hulk, Lou Ferrigno has never been compensated for any merchandise related to The Incredible Hulk TV series. He states that there were no such deals in existence for him during the show's initial run.

    • In 2003 Lou Ferrigno wrote and published his own autobiography, My Incredible Life as the Hulk.

    • Between 1982 and 1994, Lou Ferrigno has been on the cover of Muscle & Fitness magazine ten times.

    • Since the deaths of Jack Colvin in 2005 and Bill Bixby in 1993, Lou Ferrigno is the only surviving star of The Incredible Hulk (1978).

    • Lou Ferrigno has used his celebrity influence to make calls for Hollywood is Calling, a company which arranges for people to have a celebrity call them on special occasions, such as an anniversary or a birthday.

    • Lou Ferrigno graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1969.

    • Lou is 6'3 tall.

    • Lou Ferrigno was on the cover of TV Guide in 1979 (July 28).

    • Lou Ferrigno came in second to Robby Robinson in the 1994 Olympia Masters. After this he retired from competition.

    • Lou Ferrigno is currently married to Carla Ferrigno. They have 3 children and have been married for 17 years.

    • Lou Ferrigno was beaten out by by Sven-Ole Thorsen after being the original choice for Tigris of Gaul in Gladiator (2000).

    • Lou Ferrigno stated that his father was very critical of and negative towards him when he was growing up due to his hearing disability. Though Ferrigno respected his father, he was very hurt when his father expressed his belief that Ferrigno would never achieve success.

    • Lou Ferrigno is a reserve deputy sheriff for Los Angeles county, California.

  • Quotes

    • Lou Ferrigno: (In a 2003 interview with Healthy Hearing News) I've worn hearing aids since I was 5 years old, and I'm 51 years old now, so it's 46 years with amplification… I wear them all the time, working out, relaxing, and on and off the set. In fact, when I work out I wear two in-the-ear hearing aids for comfort, and then I wear the behind-the-ears for my day-to-day non-physical activities, when I need maximum hearing and to communicate with people and do interviews!

    • Lou Ferrigno: The attitude is very important. Because, your behavior radiates how you feel.

    • Lou Ferrigno: If you are going to try and hide something, sooner or later people are going to find out.

    • Lou Ferrigno: To be a champion you must act like one, act like a champion.

    • Lou Ferrigno: (Referring to his career in bodybuilding) The best effect I have on the other competitors, is the fact that I have a good time.

    • Lou Ferrigno: My father was a police officer with the New York Police Department; I've always had a high respect for officers. I want to give back to the community, and I want to work with young kids, help them get off drugs.

    • Lou Ferrigno: (In 1979 referring to David Prowse, the bodybuilder who played Darth Vader) Anybody could play Darth Vader. Vader is basically just a big guy behind a costume. The character shows no emotion, no nothing! If you really showed the emotional side of The Hulk he could be even hotter than Star Wars.

    • Lou Ferrigno: If I hadn't lost my hearing, I wouldn't be where I am now. It forced me to maximize my potential. I had to be better than the average person to succeed. That's why I chose bodybuilding. If I became a world champion, if I could win admiration from my peers, I could do anything.

    • Lou Ferrigno: (regarding then competing series Wonder Woman) And as for Wonder Woman...there's nothing there...nothing to show at all but a 'beautiful body', and that's it. You never get a chance to find out anything about the person at all. What a bore! I can't understand why that show ran as long as it did.

    • Lou Ferrigno: Everyone has his own 'little Hulk' inside him.

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