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Birth information

9 November 1951 Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Louis Jude Ferrigno

Nickname

Big Louie
Hulk

How tall is Lou Ferrigno?

1.93 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Carla Ferrigno
Susan Groff

Life Story of Lou Ferrigno

An internationally famous and well respected bodybuilder / actor, Lou Ferrigno first appeared on TV screens in 1977 as the musclebound The Incredible Hulk (1977), the alter ego of meek scientist David Banner. Ferrigno was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1951 and as a child suffered from an ear infection that resulted in permanent partial hearing loss. Undeterred by what some may have perceived as a disadvantage, Lou threw himself into athletics (predominantly weightlifting and body building) and at the age of 21 won his first Mr. Universe title. For good measure, he came back and won it again the following year!

He also played professional football in the Canadian Football League, before coming to the attention of producer Kenneth Johnson, who was seeking just the right person to portray on screen the comic book superhero, The Incredible Hulk. With his 6' 5", 285 lb. frame, Lou was the biggest professional bodybuilder of the time, and had recently starred in the documentary Pumping Iron (1977), about the 1975 Mr. Olympia contest in South Africa. He successfully auditioned for the part of the green-skinned Goliath, and that is the role with which he is most closely...

Significant features of Lou Ferrigno

Vocal slur
Is most live action feature filmmakers' preferred choice to voice the Hulk.
Huge muscular physique
Towering height
The only human to ever be cast as the hulk without...

What movies did Lou Ferrigno play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Pumped: The Muscle Hustle (2019) ,
Actors Filmography
Can't Go Home (2020) Franco Balducci, Cranial Sacral (2020) Matthew Bradley, Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden: Puddy McFadden License to Golf (2016) , The Adventures of Velvet Prozak Lou, Cross 3 (2019) Powerhouse, Ring Ring (2019) Mr. Daniels, Purge of Kingdoms (2019) Deadard, The Grindhouse Radio (2018) Lou Ferrigno, Enter the Fire (2018) Monroe, Instant Death (2017) John Bradley, Con Man (2017) Lou Ferrigno, Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel (2016) Ion, The Next Big Thing...

Birth information

9 November 1951 Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Louis Jude Ferrigno

Nickname

Big Louie
Hulk

How tall is Lou Ferrigno?

1.93 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Carla Ferrigno
Susan Groff

Life Story of Lou Ferrigno

An internationally famous and well respected bodybuilder / actor, Lou Ferrigno first appeared on TV screens in 1977 as the musclebound The Incredible Hulk (1977), the alter ego of meek scientist David Banner. Ferrigno was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1951 and as a child suffered from an ear infection that resulted in permanent partial hearing loss. Undeterred by what some may have perceived as a disadvantage, Lou threw himself into athletics (predominantly weightlifting and body building) and at the age of 21 won his first Mr. Universe title. For good measure, he came back and won it again the following year!

He also played professional football in the Canadian Football League, before coming to the attention of producer Kenneth Johnson, who was seeking just the right person to portray on screen the comic book superhero, The Incredible Hulk. With his 6' 5", 285 lb. frame, Lou was the biggest professional bodybuilder of the time, and had recently starred in the documentary Pumping Iron (1977), about the 1975 Mr. Olympia contest in South Africa. He successfully auditioned for the part of the green-skinned Goliath, and that is the role with which he is most closely...

Significant features of Lou Ferrigno

Vocal slur
Is most live action feature filmmakers' preferred choice to voice the Hulk.
Huge muscular physique
Towering height
The only human to ever be cast as the hulk without...

What movies did Lou Ferrigno play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Pumped: The Muscle Hustle (2019) ,
Actors Filmography
Can't Go Home (2020) Franco Balducci, Cranial Sacral (2020) Matthew Bradley, Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden: Puddy McFadden License to Golf (2016) , The Adventures of Velvet Prozak Lou, Cross 3 (2019) Powerhouse, Ring Ring (2019) Mr. Daniels, Purge of Kingdoms (2019) Deadard, The Grindhouse Radio (2018) Lou Ferrigno, Enter the Fire (2018) Monroe, Instant Death (2017) John Bradley, Con Man (2017) Lou Ferrigno, Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel (2016) Ion, The Next Big Thing...

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Lou Ferrigno in Instant Death (2017)

Professional bodybuilder. Played professional football in Canada.

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Lou Ferrigno in Instant Death (2017)

Partially hearing-impaired

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Lou Ferrigno and Jerry Anderson in Instant Death (2017)

1974: Won the bodybuilding title, "Mr. Universe".

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Lou Ferrigno in Instant Death (2017)

1973: Won the bodybuilding title, "Mr. America".

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Lou Ferrigno in Instant Death (2017)

1973: Won the bodybuilding title, "Mr. Universe".

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Lou Ferrigno in Instant Death (2017)

1970: Won the bodybuilding title, "Teenage Mr. America".

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Lou Ferrigno in Instant Death (2017)

Weighs 275 pounds - with 59" chest - 34" waist - 22. 5" bicep - 29" thighs and 19" neck.

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Lou Ferrigno in Instant Death (2017)

Has three children with Carla Ferrigno: Shanna Ferrigno (b. 1981), Lou Ferrigno Jr. (b. 1984) and Brent Ferrigno (b. 1990).

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Lou Ferrigno in Instant Death (2017)

The youngest bodybuilder ever to hold the "Mr. Universe" title (age 20).

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Lou Ferrigno in Instant Death (2017)

His parents, Matty Ferrigno and Victoria Ferrigno, appeared with him in the documentary Pumping Iron (1977).

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Lou Ferrigno in Instant Death (2017)

In the late '80s he decided to tone down his massive body so that people would be more likely to see him as a person and not just as his "monster" alter ego "The Hulk".

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Lou Ferrigno and Fiona Vroom in Star Trek Continues (2013)

Growing up, he was a fan of the '50s "Hercules" films that starred bodybuilder Steve Reeves and a fan of the Incredible Hulk comic books. He went on to play both the Incredible Hulk (both live action and providing the voice of the Hulk for an animated series) and Hercules.

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Lou Ferrigno in Star Trek Continues (2013)

There was supposed to be another TV movie after The Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990) showing the Hulk's return, but the death of Lou's co-star Bill Bixby ended that possibility.

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Lou Ferrigno and Stan Lee in Hulk (2003)

Declares The Incredible Hulk (1977) episode "King of the Beach" (in which he played a bodybuilder, in addition to the Hulk) his favorite episode of the series.

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Lou Ferrigno and Jane Merrow in Der unglaubliche Hulk (1977)

Like so many of the bodybuilders who starred in the "Hercules" films of the late '50s and early '60s, his voice was dubbed for his own "Hercules" films.

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Lou Ferrigno, Mark Ruffalo, and Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Tag der Entscheidung (2017)

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

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Lou Ferrigno, Ennio Girolami, Cork Hubbert, etc.

Beat out Arnold Schwarzenegger for the role of the Hulk on the TV series The Incredible Hulk (1977). Ferrigno won reportedly because Arnold, at 6' 2", was deemed not tall enough, while Lou was 6' 5".

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Lou Ferrigno in Sinbad - Herr der sieben Meere (1989)

Has appeared in four different adaptations of "The Incredible Hulk". The first was the live-action television series of the late 1970s and early 1980s (The Incredible Hulk (1977)), in which he played the Hulk--and does not speak. In the 1990s he played the role again in an animated series for the UPN network, The Incredible Hulk (1996) -- this time providing the creature's voice. In Ang Lee's 2003 film Hulk (2003) the Hulk is computer-generated, so Lou plays a completely different part - that of a security guard (along with Stan Lee) at the lab where Bruce Banner works. In the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk (2008), he plays a security guard again, this time one who allows Bruce Banner to enter with a pizza -- and also, once again, voices the Hulk.

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Lou Ferrigno and Brad Harris in Die sieben glorreichen Gladiatoren (1983)

Attended Brooklyn Technical High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY--the same neighborhood where director Spike Lee now resides.

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Lou Ferrigno, Milly Carlucci, etc.

In his book "My Incredible Life As The Hulk", he stated that he has never been compensated for any merchandising related to The Incredible Hulk (1977) TV series. He said it was because no such deals existed for him during the show's prime-time run.

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Serena Grandi, Lou Ferrigno, Milly Carlucci, etc.

In October 1981 he was in Egypt, scheduled to be one of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's personal guests at a public event. However, at the last minute Sadat canceled his appearance. A few days later Muslim fundamentalists killed Sadat, along with 12 others, at an annual military parade. It was later discovered that Sadat's killers had originally planned to assassinate him at the event where Ferrigno would have been seated next to him. Ferrigno believes that he would have been killed along with Sadat if Sadat had not canceled his appearance.

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Lou Ferrigno in Der unglaubliche Hulk (1977)

In his peak body-building days, he could bench press nearly 500 pounds.

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Lou Ferrigno, Dee Snider, and Clay Aiken in The Apprentice (2004)

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Lou Ferrigno and Dee Snider in The Apprentice (2004)

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Lou Ferrigno, Adam Carolla, Penn Jillette, Clay Aiken, Paul Teutul Sr., etc.

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Tia Carrere, George Takei, Lou Ferrigno, Arsenio Hall, Michael Andretti, Adam Carolla, etc.

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Tia Carrere, George Takei, Lou Ferrigno, Arsenio Hall, Michael Andretti, Adam Carolla, etc.

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Lou Ferrigno, Dee Snider, and Clay Aiken in The Apprentice (2004)

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Lou Ferrigno, Arsenio Hall, and Dee Snider in The Apprentice (2004)

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