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Also Known As: Louis Jude Ferrigno Died:
Born: November 9, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, bodybuilder

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Generation Iron (2013)
3.
 I Love You, Man (2009)
4.
5.
 Surge of Power (2006)
6.
 Hulk, The (2003) Security Guard
7.
 Soupernatural (2003)
8.
 Ping! (2002) Dog Catcher
9.
10.
 Godson, The (1998)
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1973:
Became the youngest person to hold the title of Mr. Universe at age 21
1975:
Attempt to beat Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Mr. Olympia competition was the subject of the documentary "Pumping Iron"
1976:
Moved to California to pursue bodybuilding as a career
1977:
Competed in the first World's Strongest Man
1978:
Breakthrough role, Dr. Bruce Banner¿s green alter-ego in the CBS series, "The Hulk"
1983:
Played the title role in "Hercules"
1983:
Landed a regular role of a paramedic on the short-lived medical program, "Trauma Center"
1985:
Reprised role for the sequel, "The Adventures of Hercules"
1988:
Reprised role for the CBS TV-movie, "The Incredible Hulk Returns"
1989:
Once again reprised role for the CBS TV-movie, "The Trial of the Incredible Hulk"
1989:
Played the title role in the big screen, "Sinbad of the Seven Seas"
1990:
Returned to role for a final time in the CBS TV-movie,"The Death of the Incredible Hulk"
1996:
Lent his voice to the animated series, "The Incredible Hulk" (UPN)
2000:
Played himself in a recurring role on the CBS series, "The King of Queens"
2003:
Made a cameo as a security guard in Ang Lee¿s "Hulk"
2004:
Had a cameo on Comedy Central¿s cult cop spoof, "Reno, 911!"
2008:
Returned for a cameo in "The Incredible Hulk"
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Education

Brooklyn Technical High School: Brooklyn , New York - 1969

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wife:
Carla Ferrigno.

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daughter:
Shawna Ferrigno.
son:
Lou Ferrigno Jr. Born 1990.
son:
Brent Ferrigno.

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