A world-class bodybuilder and actor who overcame a hearing disability and became famous around the world for his role as “The Incredible Hulk.”
“As a matter of fact, if I hadn’t lost some of my hearing, I wouldn’t be where I am now. It forced me to maximize my own potential.”
– Lou Ferrigno
A body builder of exceptional talents and an actor with dozens of television and film roles to his credit, Lou Ferrigno is undoubtedly one of the best-known musclemen of the 20th century.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1951, Ferrigno would go on to win two Mr. Universe titles, at ages 21 and 22. In doing so, he was the first man to ever successfully defend the title. Ferrigno would also hold titles as Mr. Teenage America, Mr. America and Mr. International. With those wins to his credit, Ferrigno, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger, starred in 1977’s “Pumping Iron,” the film that launched bodybuilding into the mainstream of American sports culture.
That same year, Ferrigno took on a TV role that would forever define his career, as he portrayed “The Incredible Hulk” on CBS. The show would produce several spinoff TV movies and would allow him to eventually move into other roles, including 1983’s big screen adaptation of “Hercules.” Coming full circle, Ferrigno has a cameo in the 2003 movie release of “The Hulk.”
Ferrigno also works as a personal trainer to many of Hollywood’s top stars and has written and spoken extensively on the topic of fitness.
He was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.