Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lou Ferrigno

Louis Jude "Lou" Ferrigno (born November 9, 1951) is an American actor, fitness trainer/consultant, and retired professional bodybuilder. As a bodybuilder, Ferrigno won an IFBB Mr. America title and two consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles, and appeared in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron. As an actor, he is best known for portraying the title role in the CBS television series The Incredible Hulk. He has also appeared in European-produced 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.

In 1977, Ferrigno was cast in the title role opposite Bill Bixby as the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk. Although Ferrigno and Bixby did not share lines on camera (except for one episode, "King of the Beach"), the two were friends, with Ferrigno describing Bixby as a "mentor" and "father figure" who took Ferrigno under his wing. Ferrigno also singles out the instances in which Bixby directed Ferrigno in some episodes as particularly memorable. 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.

In 1983, Ferrigno appeared as John Six on the short lived medical drama Trauma Center.

Ferrigno played himself during intermittent guest appearances on the CBS sitcom, The King of Queens, beginning in 2000 and continuing until the program's conclusion in 2007. He and his wife Carla were depicted as the main characters' next-door neighbors. Because of his role as the title character on The Incredible Hulk, he is often the target of Hulk jokes by Doug and his friends.

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.

# 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, Tall class, 3rd place

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