Lou Ferrigno Biography|Who Is Lou Ferrigno?
Lou Ferrigno is an American actor, fitness trainer, fitness consultant and retired professional bodybuilder. Ferrigno won an IFBB Mr. America title and two consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles. Lou as a bodybuilder also appeared in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron.
He is best known from the CBS television series The Incredible Hulk and vocally reprising the role in subsequent animated and computer-generated incarnations. He has also appeared in fantasy-adventures such as Sinbad of the Seven Seas and Hercules and as himself in the sitcom The King of Queens and the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man.
Lou Ferrigno Age|Lou Ferrigno Birthday
Lou was born on November 9, 1951, Lou is 67 years as of 2018. His birth sign is Scorpio. Lou celebrates his birthday on the 6th of November each and every year.
Lou Ferrigno Height|How Tall Is Lou Ferrigno?
Lou stands at an average height of 6 feet and 5 inches or 1.96 m.
Lou Ferrigno Net Worth|How Rich Is Lou Ferrigno?
Lou has made a lot in his various careers. His net worth is estimated to be 6 million dollars as of 2019 thus making Lou one of the richest bodybuilders in the world.
Lou Ferrigno Wife|Lou Ferrigno Children
In 1978, Ferrigno married Susan Groff and divorcing a year later. He married psychotherapist Carla Green on May 3, 1980. She then began serving as his manager and later became a personal trainer.
The couple has three children, Shanna, born in 1981; Louis, Jr., born in 1984 and Brent, born in 1990. In Days of Our Lives, his daughter Shanna has a recurring role as Nurse Janice and appeared in the NBC series Windfall, as well as the television movie Within.
In 2005 she appeared in the E! reality television series, Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive. His son Louis, Jr. at the University of Southern California Trojans football team was a linebacker. Currently, he plays a recurring role in TV series S.W.A.T. aired on CBS.
Lou Ferrigno Deaf|Is Lou Ferrigno Deaf?
Ferrigno says he believes he suffered a series of ear infections soon after he was born and lost 75 to 80% of his hearing, though his condition was not diagnosed until he was three years old. He has been using hearing aids since the age of five.
Ferrigno says his hearing loss helped shape his sense of determination in his youth, saying, “I think that if I wasn’t hard of hearing I wouldn’t be where I am now. It was difficult as a teenager, but I’m not ashamed to talk about it because many people have misconceptions about hearing loss; like who has hearing loss and what it’s like not to hear, so I do talk about it.”
He says his hearing loss helped create a determination within him to be all that he can be and gave him a certain strength of character too. He says that anytime he did a movie or a TV show, he makes them aware of his hearing loss at the beginning and that makes it much easier for all of them to communicate and get the job done.
Lou Ferrigno Hulk|Lou Ferrigno as Hulk
Ferrigno originally played the raging character on the landmark 1978 TV series The Incredible Hulk, while actor Bill Bixby portrayed Doctor David Bruce Banner. MCU fans love Mark Ruffalo in the MCU and have enjoyed seeing his progression over the course of the last handful of movies. Avengers: Endgame gave us the Professor Hulk, or “Smart Hulk,” on the big screen for the first time, further stretching what the character was capable of.
However, Lou isn’t having it. He’s not into the way the MCU has treated the character he and Bill Bixby helped make a household name over 40 years ago. The Hulk has had many twists and turns in the comic books, which have been shown on the big screen in various forms, but Ferrigno isn’t into it. He had this to say at Montreal Comic-Con.
Ferrigno’s opinion might prove to be pretty unpopular amongst MCU fans, while some may tend to agree. There has been a lot of talk about Marvel Studios losing some edge when Disney came on board from a certain group of fans and they will probably like what Ferrigno has to say. As to why he thinks the Hulk lost his edge in the MCU, Ferrigno says it might have to do with Disney.
Lou Ferrigno Body Building
In 1969, after graduating from high school, Ferrigno won his first major title, IFBB Mr. America. Ferrigno won the title IFBB, Mr. Universe, four years later. He lived in Columbus, Ohio early in his career and trained with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In his first attempt at the Mr. Olympia competition in 1974, he came in second. In the following year, he came in third and his attempt to beat Arnold Schwarzenegger was the subject of the 1977 documentary Pumping Iron. The documentary made Ferrigno famous.
Despite the victories, he got not enough income for him to earn a living. He worked for three years as his first paying job was as a $10-an-hour sheet metal worker in a Brooklyn factory. He did not enjoy the dangerous work and left after a friend and co-worker accidentally cut off his own hand one day.
For many years, Ferrigno left the competition circuit, a period that included a brief stint as a defensive lineman for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League. He, however, was cut after two games since he had never played football. Later after he broke the legs of a fellow player during a scrimmage, Ferrigno left the world of Canadian football.
In 1975, during competition, Ferrigno at 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) weighed 268 lb (130 kg), and 315 lb (142 kg) in 1992. In 1977, Ferrigno competed in the first annual World’s Strongest Man competition, where he finished fourth in a field of eight competitors.
Ferrigno returned to bodybuilding in the early 1990s, competing for the 1992 and 1993 Mr. Olympia titles. Finishing 12th and 10th, respectively, he then turned to the 1994 Masters Olympia, where his attempt to beat Robbie Robinson and Boyer Coe was the subject of the 1996 documentary Stand Tall. After this, he retired from competition.
Lou Ferrigno Acting
Ferrigno was cast as the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk in 1977. Ferrigno has described Bixby as a “mentor” and “father figure” who took him under his wing. Ferrigno also singles out the instances in which Bixby directed Ferrigno in some episodes as particularly memorable. Until 1981, Ferrigno continued playing the Hulk role although the last two episodes were not broadcast until May 1982. Later, he and Bixby co-starred in three The Incredible Hulk TV movies.
Ferrigno appeared in Battle of the Network Stars in November 1978 and again on May 1979. Ferrigno appeared as John Six on the short-lived medical drama Trauma Center in 1983.
During intermittent guest appearances on the CBS sitcom, The King of Queens Ferrigno played himself, beginning in 2000 and continuing until the program’s conclusion in 2007. In next-door neighbors, he and his wife Carla were depicted as the main characters’. He is often the target of Hulk jokes by Doug and his friends because of his role as the title character on The Incredible Hulk.
He made cameo appearances as a security guard in both the 2003 film Hulk and the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk, in which he also voiced the Hulk. Bruce Banner bribes him with a pizza in order to gain entry into a university building in the latter film.
In the 2009 feature film comedy I Love You, Man Ferrigno appeared as himself. In the early 1990s, Ferrigno trained Michael Jackson on and off and in 2009, he helped Jackson get into shape for a planned series of concerts in London, which were ultimately canceled due to Jackson’s untimely death.
Ferrigno features in Smosh video, titled “I love Lou Ferrigno”, in which he is tracked down by one of Smosh’s members, Anthony, in Hollywood. The skit ends with Ian’s claim that Anthony stole Ferrigno’s Butterfinger resulting in Ferrigno knocking Anthony unconscious.
Ferrigno has his own line of fitness equipment called Ferrigno Fitness. He provided equipment to The Price Is Right for use as a One Bid prize, and demonstrated the equipment himself in January 2009. Ferrigno appeared in “My Two Chads”, an episode of Sonny with a Chance, appearing as himself in an episode of the fictional series MacKenzie Falls in 2010. He voices Billy the Hero in the animated series Adventure Time.
Ferrigno’s voice was used (in composite) for the Hulk in the 2012 film The Avengers and its 2015 sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the Star Trek Continues episode, “Lolani” in 2014 Ferrigno appeared as Zaminhon, the Orion slave trader. Ferrigno appeared as a playable Lego version of himself in Lego Marvel’s Avengers in 2016.
Lou Ferrigno Non-Acting Endeavors
Ferrigno was sworn in as a Los Angeles County, California, reserve sheriff’s deputy, Level II in February 2006. Ferrigno was sworn in as a member of a Maricopa County, Arizona, volunteer sheriff posse, in November 2010, which also includes actors, Steven Seagal and Peter Lupus, in order to control illegal immigration in the Phoenix Valley.
The season five of the NBC reality television series; The Celebrity Apprentice, which premiered on February 2012 Ferrigno was a contestant. He appeared in order to raise money for his charity, the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Ferrigno was a manager for unanimous’ project “I’m Going to Mop the Floor With You”, which was to create a viral video to promote ProMist Spray Mop from O-Cedar’s, placing him in competition with actress Tia Carrere, the project manager of the women’s team, Forte.
In addition to the usual $20,000 awarded to the charity of the project manager of the winning team, O-Cedar pledged an additional $30,000 for that task. Team Unanimous’ video—in which Ferrigno appeared dancing while mopping—won the task, winning the $50,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Ferrigno was sworn in as a reserve deputy to the San Luis Obispo County, California, Sheriff’s Department on June 2012. He then completed his level I law enforcement academy, bringing his training up to full peace officer status. Ferrigno was sworn in as a special deputy to the Delaware County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Department on September 2013. President Donald Trump appointed Ferrigno to be a member of his Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition in May 2018.
Lou Ferrigno Competition
- 1971: Pro Mr. America – WBBG, Teen 1st
- 1971: Teen Mr. America – AAU, 4th, Most Muscular 5th
- 1972: Pro Mr. America – WBBG, 2nd
- 1972: NABBA Mr. Universe, Tall 2nd
- 1973: IFBB Mr. America, Overall Winner
- 1973: IFBB Mr. Universe, Tall 1st, Overall Winner
- 1974: IFBB Mr. International
- 1974: IFBB Mr. Universe, Tall 1st, Overall Winner
- 1974 Mr. Olympia, Heavyweight 2nd
- 1975 Mr. Olympia, Heavyweight 3rd place
- 1992 Mr. Olympia, 12th
- 1993 Mr. Olympia, 10th
- 1994: Olympia Masters, 2nd
Lou Ferrigno Magazine Covers
- Muscle & Fitness (March 1982, September 1982, March 1983, January 1986, June 1987, July 1988, April 1989, March 1993, March 1994, April 1996)
- Flex (November 1983, August 1985, August 1989, August 1992, October 1992, June 1993, March 1994, November 1994, November 2017)
- Muscle Builder (May 1974, July 1974, April 1977, September 1977, July 1979, March 1980, May 1980)
- Iron Man (July 1973, August 1988, October 1992, November 1994, April 2009)
- Bodybuilding Lifestyle (December 1991, May 1992)
- Muscle Mag International (March 1979, December 1983, November 1994)
- Muscular Development (February 1981, October 1992, April 2009)
- Muscle Training Illustrated (May 1972)
- Natural Bodybuilding (February 1983)
- Strength & Health (November 1983)
|Lou Ferrigno Movies|Lou Ferrigno Popular Movies
- Instant Death (2017)
- Cage (1989)
- Hercules (1983)
- The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power (2015 Video)
- Frank McKlusky, C.I. (2002)
- The Godson (1998)
- Extralarge: Yo-Yo (1992 TV Movie)
- Liberty & Bash (1989)
- The Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990 TV Movie)
- Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989)
Lou Ferrigno TV Shows|Lou Ferrigno Popular TV Shows
- Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive (2005)
- The King of Queens (1998 – 2007)
- The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988)
- Trauma Center (Since 1983)
- The Incredible Hulk (1977 – 1982)
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