Lou Ferrigno

Actor, Bodybuilder
One of the most recognizable faces - and physiques - to emerge from the sport of professional bodybuilding in the 1970s, Lou Ferrigno went on to become an actor and beloved pop-culture icon for his personification of ... Read more »
Born: 11/09/1951 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (54)

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Moms' Night Out 2014 (Movie)

The Hulk (Actor)

Adventure Time With Finn and Jake 2000 - 2001, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Generation Iron 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Living Single 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Apprentice 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Contestant

The King of Queens 2000 - 2001, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

I Love You, Man 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Scream 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredible Hulk 2008 (Movie)

Voice of the Incredible Hulk (Actor)

Greg the Bunny (IFC) 2005 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Surge of Power 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Battle of the Network Reality Stars 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hulk 2003 (Movie)

Security Guard (Actor)

Ping! 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Bixby: Chasing Perfection 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Scorpion 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dave Draper: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

GvsE 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Bixby: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Quest For Fitness 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredible Hulk & Friends 1996 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

The Misery Brothers 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Godson 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stan Lee: The ComiX-MAN! 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

...And God Spoke 1994 (Movie)

Cain (Actor)

Cage 2: The Arena of Death 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Naked Truth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Hangfire 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Return to Frogtown 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Liberty & Bash 1990 (Movie)

Bash (Actor)

All's Fair 1989 (Movie)

Klaus (Actor)

Cage 1989 (Movie)

Billy Thomas (Actor)

Sinbad of the Seven Seas 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Desert Warrior 1988 (Movie)

Zerak (Actor)

Trauma Center 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Hercules 1982 (Movie)

Hercules (Actor)

Hercules II 1982 (Movie)

Hercules (Actor)

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope For President 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Seven Magnificent Gladiators 1981 (Movie)

Han (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars V 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars VI 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredible Hulk 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredible Hulk 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Pumping Iron 1977 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Battle of the Video Games (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredible Hulk Returns (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the most recognizable faces - and physiques - to emerge from the sport of professional bodybuilding in the 1970s, Lou Ferrigno went on to become an actor and beloved pop-culture icon for his personification of "The Incredible Hulk" (CBS, 1978-1982). Seen opposite future megastar-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger in the documentary "Pumping Iron" (1977), the record-setting muscleman caught the attention of the producers of "The Incredible Hulk," who were in desperate need of a suitably gigantic performer to play the green-skinned behemoth. The success of the series soon led to work in feature films playing similarly rippled superheroes, such as "Hercules" (1983) and "Sinbad of the Seven Seas" (1989). Further iterations of The Hulk in made-for-TV movies and animated series, as well as non-Hulk work on television shows like "The King of Queens" (CBS, 1998-2007) kept him in the public eye. Even 30 years after the premiere of the series that made him famous, cameos in films like "The Incredible Hulk" (2008) and "I Love You, Man" (2009) proved the fans still loved the perpetually bulked actor, with or without the green makeup.

Relationships

Carla Ferrigno

Wife
Married May 3, 1980

Brent Ferrigno

Son
Born in 1990 mother, Carla Green

Shanna Ferrigno Actor

Daughter
Born 1981 mother, Carla Green appeared in the 2005 E! reality series, "Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive"

Lou Ferrigno

Son
Born in 1984 mother, Carla Green was a linebacker for the USC Trojans football team

EDUCATION

Brooklyn Technical High School

Brooklyn , New York 1969

Milestones

2008

Returned for a cameo in "The Incredible Hulk"

2004

Had a cameo on Comedy Central’s cult cop spoof, "Reno, 911!"

2003

Made a cameo as a security guard in Ang Lee’s "Hulk"

2000

Played himself in a recurring role on the CBS series, "The King of Queens"

1996

Lent his voice to the animated series, "The Incredible Hulk" (UPN)

1990

Returned to role for a final time in the CBS TV-movie,"The Death of the Incredible Hulk"

1989

Played the title role in the big screen, "Sinbad of the Seven Seas"

1989

Once again reprised role for the CBS TV-movie, "The Trial of the Incredible Hulk"

1988

Reprised role for the CBS TV-movie, "The Incredible Hulk Returns"

1985

Reprised role for the sequel, "The Adventures of Hercules"

1983

Played the title role in "Hercules"

1983

Landed a regular role of a paramedic on the short-lived medical program, "Trauma Center"

1978

Breakthrough role, Dr. Bruce Banner’s green alter-ego in the CBS series, "The Hulk"

1977

Competed in the first World's Strongest Man

1976

Moved to California to pursue bodybuilding as a career

1975

Attempt to beat Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Mr. Olympia competition was the subject of the documentary "Pumping Iron"

1973

Became the youngest person to hold the title of Mr. Universe at age 21

Bonus Trivia

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Lou Ferrigno beat out fellow body builder-turned-actor Arnold Schwarzenegger for the role of David Banner’s green alter-ego on the series, "The Incredible Hulk" (CBS), reportedly because at 6’2", Schwarzenegger was simply not as tall and menacing enough as the 6’5" Ferrigno.

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