Lou Ferrigno Speaker Profile
Bodybuilder and Actor
Lou Ferrigno Biography
Lou Ferrigno was born November 9, 1951 and is an American bodybuilder and actor. Ferrigno has appeared in such television series and movies as The Incredible Hulk (playing David Banner's bulky alter ego, the Hulk), the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron, European-produced fantasy-adventures including Sinbad of the Seven Seas and Hercules, and most recently in the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man. He is best known for playing the Hulk, but more recently had a recurring role, as himself, in the sitcom The King of Queens.He starred in M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening as Eliot Moore, which opened in movie theatres on June 13, 2008. The same year, he played the title role in Max Payne, based on a video game of the same name. While promoting Max Payne, Wahlberg became involved in a staged feud with Saturday Night Live's Andy Samberg and threatened to "crack that big (bleep)ing nose of his." Samberg had done an impression of Wahlberg in a Saturday Night Live skit titled "Mark Wahlberg Talks To Animals." However, Wahlberg later appeared in a follow-up skit parodying both the original skit, Sambergs impression of Wahlberg, and his own threats to Samberg.
Ferrigno competed in the first World's Strongest Man contest in 1977, where he finished fourth in a field of eight competitors. While competing, Ferrigno regularly went to see a physician who checked up on whether he was doing damage to his body.
Ferrigno signed up with Universal Studios in 1977, and beat out both Arnold Schwarzenegger (although both Ferrigno and Schwarzenegger himself have gone on record saying Arnold was not in the running) and Richard Kiel for the title role opposite Bill Bixby as the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk. Richard Kiel was hired for the series first, and scenes were filmed. It was quickly determined he was not muscular enough, and Ferrigno was signed. One quick shot of Kiel remains in the pilot movie. Although he did not share a line with Bixby on the set (except for one episode, "King of the Beach"), the two were friends. Ferrigno continued playing the Hulk role until 1981, although the last two episodes were not broadcast until May 1982. Later, he and Bixby co-starred in three The Incredible Hulk TV movies. There were major talks of another movie, The Rebirth of The Incredible Hulk, but due to Bixby's death, the project never went beyond the earliest stages of development. Ferrigno continued to keep in touch with Bixby until his death on November 21, 1993. Ferrigno attended Bixby's funeral in California.
During competition, the 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Ferrigno's contest weight was 285 lb (130 kg) in 1975, and 316 lb (143 kg) in 1992; he was one of the tallest professional bodybuilders at that time.
Lou Ferrigno in the episode "Married" of TV's The Incredible Hulk (1978)
In the early 1990s, Ferrigno returned to bodybuilding, competing for the 1992 and 1993 Mr. Olympia titles. Finishing 12th and 10th, respectively, he then turned to the Masters Olympia, coming second in 1994 to Robby Robinson. After this, he retired from competition.
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Actor and Bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno Named Keynote Speaker at 11th Annual Boys & Girls Steak and Burger Dinner
Posted on 20 September 2016 | 8:26 pm
Actor and bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno will be giving a keynote speech at the 11th Annual Steak and Burger Dinner that’s happening in the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center ballroom at Georgia Southern University between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. Not only is this event a major fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County, but it also serves as a beloved part of the community and...[Read More]
Posted on 1 March 2015 | 3:33 pm
Famed bodybuilder and actor Lou Ferrigno will be one of many celebrities featured at Ohio Comic Con that will be held September 28-30 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc., will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics,...[Read More]
Posted on 31 May 2014 | 4:28 pm
Lou Ferrigno will be joining a cast of legendary actors and comic book writers and illustrators at the 2014 South Carolina Comicon on May 31 - June 1 in Greenville, South Carolina. The convention will be held at the TD Convention Center and is hosted by Borderlands Comics & Games bookstore. In 1977 Ferrigno played the title role of Bill Bixby as the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk,...[Read More]
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