Greg Louganis was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. In 1969, he began taking diving lessons. In 1978, he won his first World Championship in diving. In 1996, he co-wrote the autobiography "Breaking the Surface" with Eric Marcus. In 2009, he appeared in the documentary "My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story." He appeared in a number of television specials, including "16 Days of Glory" (1986-87), "The Eleventh Annual Circus of the Stars" (CBS, 1986-87) and "Superstars & Their Moms" (ABC, 1986-87). He also landed a few movie roles at the time, appearing in "Dirty Laundry" (1987) with Leigh McCloskey and the Emilio Estevez action film "D2: The Mighty Ducks" (1994). In the nineties, Louganis devoted his time to various credits, such as "America's Greatest Olympians" (TBS, 1995-96), "Sports Theater With Shaquille O'Neal" (Nickelodeon, 1995-99) and "Where Are They Now? Part 2" (CBS, 1995-96). He also worked on "It's My Party" (1996) starring Margaret Cho. He also worked in television during these years, including a part on "Portlandia" (IFC, 2010-). He also appeared in "Watercolors" (2010). Additionally, he could be seen on a variety of television specials like "Hollywood Animal Crusaders" (Animal Planet, 1998-99) and "Greg Louganis: The Biggest Challenge" (2000-01). Louganis most recently acted in the comedic adaptation "Entourage" (2015) with Adrian Grenier.
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Adopted at nine months by Frances and Peter Louganis
Began taking diving lessons
At age 16, competed at Olympic Games in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; won silver in 10m platform diving
Won his first World Championship in diving
At Olympic Games in Los Angeles, CA, became third man in history of diving to win gold medals in both springboard and platform
Inducted into U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame
Made his film debut in "Dirty Laundry"
Successfully defended his gold medals in springboard and platform at Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea; he suffered a concussion after hitting his head on the springboard during preliminary rounds
Made a cameo in "D2: The Mighty Ducks"
Co-wrote the autobiography "Breaking the Surface" with Eric Marcus
Appeared in the ensemble drama "It's My Party"
With Betsy Sikora Siino, co-authored <i>For the Life of Your Dog</i>
Featured on an episode of the documentary series "Beyond the Glory" (Fox Sports Network)
Appeared in the documentary "My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story"
Mentored the U.S. Olympic diving team and served as vice president for the U.S. Olympian Association