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Born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 1, 1951, Lou Ferrigno began bodybuilding while he was a teenager in order to build self-esteem. At the age of two, Ferrigno lost about 80 percent of his hearing due to an ear infection, and as he matured, bodybuilding became a way for Ferrigno to compensate for his loss. He did very well, for in 1970 he won the title Mr. Teenage America and went on to become Mr. America in 1973. In addition, he won the Mr. Universe competition in 1973 and 1974. His 6'5" frame and 275-pound weight undoubtedly helped him win the title.

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Ferrigno spent some time toiling in the Canadian football league before becoming an actor. His first big break came with the release of the legendary film Pumping Iron (1977; with Arnold Schwarzenegger), which documented the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests. His first acting role came during the same year, when he was cast in the CBS science fiction TV movie The Incredible Hulk (1977; with Bill Bixby and Susan Sullivan). After two more made-for-TV films based on the character, The Incredible Hulk went to series in the fall of 1978. Ferrigno costarred with Bill Bixby in recreating the comic book superhero as David Banner's (Bill Bixby) alter-ego. The smash-hit show was very popular among children and teenagers of the day.

After The Incredible Hulk was canceled in 1982, Lou Ferrigno headed to Italy to lens Hercules (1983; with Brad Harris and Sybil Danning) in an attempt to revive the peplum genre. While fans enjoyed Ferrigno's portrayal of Hercules, some critics didn't. When the nominations for the Fourth Annual Razzie Awards announced in 1983, Ferrigno's Hercules was nominated for five of the eleven categories, including worst picture, worst actor (Ferrigno), and worst actress (Sybil Danning). Nevertheless, the movie proved to be popular enough to spawn a sequel, Hercules II. And today, nearly thirty years after Ferrigno's Hercules, the film has achieved cult status.

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The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982 CBS TV Series) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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Ferrigno as the Incredible Hulk

Trauma Center (1983 ABC TV Series)

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As John Six on the short-lived 1983 ABC series Trauma Center

Hercules (1983) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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Lou Ferrigno starred in two Italian-made (but shot in English) Hercules films: Hercules and Hercules II. LEFT: Ferrigno is pictured with Sybil Danning and Brad Harris in this promotional photo from Hercules. CENTER and RIGHT: Ferrigno as Hercules


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Promotional photos and scenes from Ferrigno's Hercules films

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From the ABC series The Fall Guy in a 1984 episode titled The Winner. Also pictured are Lee Majors and Bruce Jenner

Hercules II (1985) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited


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Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989)

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From Sinbad of the Seven Seas

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From the action flick Cage. LEFT: Ferrigno as Billy Thomas. RIGHT: With Reb Brown

lou ferrigno today

Since his 1977 acting debut, Lou Ferrigno has continued working in films and television. In addition to being an actor and highly sought trainer, Ferrigno is also a Los Angeles County Reserve Deputy Sheriff. He has been married to wife Carla for over 30 years, and the couple has three children. He made headlines in June 2009 as Michael Jackson's trainer, when Jackson died. Ferringo asserted that Jackson's huge debt contributed to his decline. And in February 2012, Ferrigno was a contestant on NBC's reality series Celebrity Apprentice.

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TELEVISION
The Incredible Hulk: The Complete First Season [DVD](1978) DVD
All 10 episodes from the first season--including "The Hulk Breaks Las Vegas," "Terror in Times Square," "747," "The Beast Within," and "Life and Death"--plus the 1977 pilot movie "The Incredible Hulk" and the 1977 telefilm "A Death in the Family" are featured in a four-disc set. 11 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH); audio commentary on one episode; interview; bonus season two episode.
The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Second Season [DVD](1978) DVD
All 22 episodes from the second season--including the two-part "Married," "Ricky," "Alice in Disco Land," "Escape from Los Santos," and "Vendetta Road"--are featured in a five-disc set. 18 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH); audio commentary; interview; bonus season three episode.
The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Third Season [DVD](1979) DVD
All 23 episodes from season three--including "Metamorphosis," "My Favorite Magician," "Broken Image," "A Rock and a Hard Place," and "On the Line"--are featured in a five-disc set. 18 1/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH); featurettes. **23 episodes on 5 discs. 18 1/4 hrs.**
The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Fourth Season [DVD](1980) DVD
All 18 episodes from season four--including the two-part season premiere "Prometheus," "Bring Me the Head of the Hulk," "Wax Museum," "Interview with the Hulk," and "Patterns"--are featured in a four-disc set. 14 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH); audio commentary on selected episode; featurettes; photo gallery. **18 episodes on 4 discs. 14 1/2 hrs.**
The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Fifth Season [DVD](1981) DVD
All seven episodes from the fifth and final season--"The Phenom," "Two Godmothers," "Veteran," "Sanctuary," "Triangle," "Slaves," and "A Minor Problem"--are featured in a two-disc set. 5 2/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH); featurette; more. **7 episodes on 2 discs. 5 2/3 hrs.**
The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series [DVD] DVD
All 83 episodes of the series are featured in this 20-disc set.
The Incredible Hulk Collection [DVD] DVD
Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno reprised their '70s TV roles of fugitive scientist Dr. David Banner and his brawny, broccoli-colored alter ego in this double bill of made-for-TV movies. First, can the combined might of the Hulk and the legendary thunder god, Thor, stop a renegade military man out to steal a top-secret device that could cure Banner, in "The Incredible Hulk Returns" (1988)? Then, Banner finds himself behind bars, and it's up to blind lawyer-turned-superhero Daredevil (Rex Smith) to free him and nab the criminal kingpin responsible, in "The Trial of the Incredible Hulk" (1989). 189 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; documentary; interviews; photo gallery; poster gallery; biographies. Two-disc set.
The King Of Queens: 3rd Season [DVD](2000) DVD
All 24 episodes from season three--including "Do Rico," "Fatty McButterpants," "Twisted Sitters," "Swim Neighbors," and the two-part "Pregnant Pause"--are included in a three-disc set. 10 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital Surround.
The King Of Queens: 4th Season [DVD](2001) DVD
All 25 episodes from season four--including "Walk, Man," "Tricker Treat," "Ovary Action," "Bun Dummy," and "Shrink Wrap"--are included in a three-disc set. 9 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital Surround.

FILM
Pumping Iron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition [DVD](1977) DVD
An award-winning look at the world of professional bodybuilders, this insightful and entertaining documentary follows the preparations for and staging of a world championship competition, whose participants include Arnold Schwarzenegger (in his star-making appearance), Lou Ferrigno, Franco Columbu; co-directed by George Butler and Robert Fiore. 102 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; "making of" documentary; outtakes; interview; biography.
Hercules (1983)/The Adventures Of Hercules (1985) [DVD] DVD
The incredible Lou Ferrigno goes from green to Greek, playing the legendary hero in this fantasy double bill. In "Hercules," Ferrigno uses his strength to survive a variety of perils as he seeks to rescue the kidnapped princess Cassiopeia. Ingrid Anderson, Sybil Danning co-star. Next, only Ferrigno can recover the thunderbolts of Zeus, stolen by a trio of mischievous goddesses, in "The Adventures of Hercules," with Milly Carlucci and Sonia Viviani. AKA: "Hercules II." 188 min. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French.
Cage [DVD](1989) DVD
It's the most brutal form of hand-to-hand combat imaginable: a steel cage, two men, no rules...and one survivor! Spectacular martial arts actioner stars Lou Ferrigno, Reb Brown, James Shigeta. 101 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Hangfire [DVD](1990) DVD
An all-star cast highlights this gripping thriller about two tough Vietnam veterans who call on their military experience when they try to stop escaped cons from terrorizing a small town. Brad Davis, Jan-Michael Vincent, Yaphet Kotto, Lou Ferrigno, Kim Delaney, Lyle Alzado, and George Kennedy star. 89 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Death Of The Incredible Hulk [DVD](1990) DVD
After years of uncontrollable "hulking out," Dr. David Banner has found work with a scientist who may have discovered a cure for his big green alter ego, but will the Hulk go away without a fight? Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno star in this feature-length adventure. 100 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
...And God Spoke [DVD](1994) DVD
Remember those pretentious religious epics from the '50s and '60s? This sly Hollywood spoof follows a director/producer team who switch from sex comedies to a big-budget Biblical drama. Among the obstacles they face are a Noah's Ark that won't fit on the set, a product placement deal with Coca-Cola, and casting choices like Lou Ferrigno as Cain, Eve Plumb as Noah's wife, and Soupy Sales as Moses. Michael Riley, Stephen Rappaport also star. 82 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
The Godson [DVD](1998) DVD
See what takes the "wise" out of "wiseguy" with this hilarious spoof on Hollywood Mafia movies. A mob boss, fed up with his son's idiotic ways, sends him to a "Mafia college" to learn the ways of the family business, but a rival mobster sees this as a good opportunity to take over. Rodney Dangerfield, Dom DeLuise and Kevin McDonald star. 100 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby stereo; Subtitles: Spanish; production notes; trailer.
Hulk [Blu-ray](2003)
It's not easy being green, learns Doc Bruce Banner (Eric Bana) in director Ang Lee's soaring, complex adaptation of the Marvel comic. Thanks to a lab mishap involving gamma radiation, Banner is transformed into an emerald-skinned behemoth whose immense strength is fueled by anger. With both the military and his scientist father (Nick Nolte) after him, Banner seeks help from his colleague/ex-girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly) as he searches for a cure. With Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas. 138 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD Master Audio, French DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; audio by Lee; deleted scenes; featurettes; U-Control Picture-in-Picture.

Hulk [DVD](2003) DVD
It's not easy being green, learns Doc Bruce Banner (Eric Bana) in director Ang Lee's soaring, complex adaptation of the Marvel comic. Thanks to a lab mishap involving gamma radiation, Banner is transformed into an emerald-skinned behemoth whose immense strength is fueled by anger. With both the military and his scientist father (Nick Nolte) after him, Banner seeks help from his colleague/ex-girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly) as he searches for a cure. With Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas. 138 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; audio commentary; deleted scenes; featurettes.
Miss Cast Away And The Island Girls [DVD](2004) DVD
What do Michael Jackson, Lou Ferrigno, Jerry Lewis, Anna Nicole Smith, and "Joe Millionaire" Evan Marriott have in common? They're all featured in this outrageous farce concerning a group of beauty contestants whose plane crashes on a remote island. After finding Noah's Ark there, the ladies experience comedy unlike anything ever seen before. With Eric Roberts, Charlie Schlatter, Bob Denver (as Gilligan!), Joyce Giraud, Bernie Kopell, Pat Morita, and many more. 90 min. Soundtrack: English; bonus footage; featurettes; trailer.
Surge Of Power [DVD](2004) DVD
Take an offbeat look at the life of a comic book superhero with this campy comedy. A gay attorney and comics fan receives strange powers after a lab accident and, after donning the prerequisite costume, sets out to save the day. Vincent J. Roth (who also scripted) and Robert Hurt star, with cameos from the likes of Lou Ferrigno, Nichelle Nichols, Noel Neill, Butch Patrick, and others. Soundtrack: English.

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filmography

FILM
Soupernatural (2010) with Kathy Garver, Dee Wallace, Pamela Sue Martin, Butch Patrick, Pat Priest, Mark Goddard, Paul Petersen, and Ronnie Schell
The Hulk (2003) with Eric Bana, Sam Elliot, and Nick Nolte
From Heaven to Hell (2002) with Burt Ward and Adam West
Ping! (2000) with Clint Howard, Shirley Jones, and Judge Reinhold
The Godson (1998) with Rodney Dangerfield
The Misery Brothers (1995) with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
Cage II (1994) with Reb Brown
Frogtown II (1993) with Don Stroud
And God Spoke (1993)
The Naked Truth (1992) with Yvonne De Carlo, Herb Edelman, Billy Barty, Alex Cord, Erik Estrada, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Dick Gautier
Extralarge: Jo-Jo (1991) with Philip Michael Thomas and Andrew Stevens
Hangfire (1991) with Lyle Alzado, Peter Lupus, and Fred Schneider
The Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990) with Bill Bixby
Liberty & Bash (1990) with Miles O'Keeffe
The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) with Bill Bixby
All's Fair (1989) with George Segal
Cage (1989) with Reb Brown
Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989)
The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988) with Bill Bixby
Desert Warrior (1988)
Hercules II (1985) with Raf Baldassarre
Hercules (1983) with Sybil Danning and Brad Harris
The Seven Magnificent Gladiators (1983) with Sybil Danning, Brad Harris, and Dan Vadis
Bride of the Incredible Hulk (1979) with Bill Bixby and Mariette Hartley
The Return of the Incredible Hulk (1977) with Bill Bixby, William Daniels, and Gerald McRaney
The Incredible Hulk (1977) with Bill Bixby, Susan Sullivan, and Charlie Siebert
Pumping Iron (1977) with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Serge Nubret, Roger Callard, Joe Weider, Mike Katz, and Ken Waller

TELEVISION SERIES
The King of Queens, 1998-2007 CBS television series. Ferrigno portrayed himself from 2000 to 2007
The Incredible Hulk, 1996-1997 UPN animated television series
Trauma Center, 1983 ABC television series. Ferrigno portrayed John Six
The Incredible Hulk, 1978-1982 CBS television series. Ferrigno portrayed the title character

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Chuck, episode Chuck Versus the Suitcase, originally aired September 27, 2010
Reno 911!, episode Department Investigation: Part 2, originally aired September 22, 2004
My Wife and Kids, episode Illegal Smile, originally aired February 18, 2004
Black Scorpion, episode Virtual Vice, originally aired April 14, 2001
Conan, episode The Three Virgins, originally aired November 7, 1997
Night Court, episode Battling Bailiff, originally aired February 7, 1985
The Fall Guy, episode The Winner, originally aired December 19, 1984
The New Mike Hammer, episode Catfight, originally aired October 20, 1984
Matt Houston, episode Blood Ties, originally aired March 2, 1984
The Fall Guy, episode Trauma, originally aired September 28, 1983
The Fall Guy, episode License to Kill: Part 1, originally aired January 13, 1982
Billy, episode Fathers and Sons, originally aired March 31, 1979

lou ferrigno links

Lou Ferrigno: Official Site
This is the official Lou Ferrigno site; visit it to find information, photos, a complete filmography, and more regarding Lou Ferrigno. Books and photographs are available through the site, or arrange with the Hulk himself for a personal fitness consultation.

Lou Ferrigno: The Ultimate Hercules
If you're a Lou Ferrigno fan, Boris Bugaev's site is the last word for information, lots of photos, and anything else you'd like to know about Lou Ferrigno and both of his Hercules movies. It's shockingly complete and detailed, with great photos.

Other Hercules Heroes
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