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Franco Columbu

  • Sport: Bodybuilding
  • Decade Inducted: 80s

A world bodybuilding champion who held titles including Mr. Italy, Mr. Europe, Mr. International, Mr. Universe, Mr. World, and Mr. Olympia. “The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.” –Franco Columbu

Franco Columbu, a native of the Italian island of Sardinia, has won nearly every bodybuilding title a man can win. He has been crowned Mr. Italy, Mr. Europe, Mr. International, Mr. Universe, Mr. World, and Mr. Olympia, twice.

Of course, those muscles are not just for show. Columbu is also a champion weightlifter, setting world records in the bench press (520lbs.), squat (655lbs.) and deadlift (750lbs.). He has held titles such as Champion of Italy, Champion of Germany, Champion of Europe and World Champion. He is also a Doctor of Chiropractic, and holds a Ph.D. in Nutrition. He is an expert in Sports Medicine and Kinesiology. He has authored books on bodybuilding and sports nutrition, and is a health and fitness consultant.

Dr. Columbu produced documentaries on the art of bodybuilding early in his career, and his well-developed physique eventually earned him feature film roles in “Conan the Barbarian” and “The Terminator”, with his long-time friend, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Currently, he operates his own film production company, Franco Columbu Productions, Inc., which has released three films to date, including “Beretta’s Island,” “Doublecross on Costa’s Island,” and “Sardinia: The Greatest Isle of the Sea”.

Franco Columbu was elected the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.