Lou Ferrigno Bio, Age, Net Worth, Height, Wife/Kids, Ear Infection, Body Building, Movies/TV Shows

Last Updated on August 7, 2022 by Administrator

Lou Ferrigno Biography

Lou Ferrigno is an American actor, fitness trainer, fitness consultant and retired professional bodybuilder. Ferrigno won an IFBB Mr. America title and two consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles. Lou as a bodybuilder also appeared in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron.

Lou Ferrigno

He is best known from the CBS television series The Incredible Hulk and vocally reprising the role in subsequent animated and computer-generated incarnations. He has also appeared in 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.

Lou Ferrigno Age

Born in November 9, 1951, Lou is 67 years as of 2018.

Lou Ferrigno Net Worth

Lou Ferrigno has an estimate net worth of $12 million.

Lou Ferrigno Height

Lou Ferrigno stands at a height of 6 ft 5 inch or 1.96 m

Lou Ferrigno Wife/Children

In 1978, Ferrigno married Susan Groff and divorcing a year later. He married psychotherapist Carla Green on May 3, 1980. She then began serving as his manager and later became a personal trainer. The couple has three children, Shanna, born 1981; Louis, Jr., born 1984 and Brent, born 1990. In Days of Our Lives his daughter Shanna has a recurring role as Nurse Janice and appeared in the NBC series Windfall, as well as the television movie Within. In 2005 she appeared in the E! reality television series, Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive. His son Louis, Jr. in the University of Southern California Trojans football team was a linebacker. Currently he plays recurring role in TV series S.W.A.T. aired on CBS.

Lou Ferrigno Ear Infection

Ferrigno says he believes he suffered a series of ear infections soon after he was born and lost 75 to 80% of his hearing, though his condition was not diagnosed until he was three years old. He has been using hearing aids since the age of five. Ferrigno says his hearing loss helped shape his sense of determination in his youth, saying, “I think that if I wasn’t hard of hearing I wouldn’t be where I am now. It was difficult as a tenager, but I’m not ashamed to talk about it because many people have misconceptions about hearing loss; like who has hearing loss and what it’s like not to hear, so I do talk about it.” He says his hearing loss helped create a determination within him to be all that he can be and gave him a certain strength of character too. He says that anytime he did a movie or a TV show, he makes them aware of his hearing loss at the beginning and that makes it much easier for all of them to communicate and get the job done.

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Lou Ferrigno Body Building Career

In 1969, after graduating from high school, Ferrigno won his first major title, IFBB Mr. America. Ferrigno won the title IFBB Mr. Universe four years later. He lived in Columbus, Ohio early in his career and trained with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In his first attempt at the Mr. Olympia competition in 1974 he came in second. In the following year he came in third and his attempt to beat Arnold Schwarzenegger was the subject of the 1977 documentary Pumping Iron. The documentary made Ferrigno famous.

Despite the victories, he got not enough income for him to earn a living. He worked for three years as his first paying job was as a $10-an-hour sheet metal worker in a Brooklyn factory. He did not enjoy the dangerous work and left after a friend and co-worker accidentally cut off his own hand one day.

For many years, Ferrigno left the competition circuit, a period that included a brief stint as a defensive lineman for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League. He however was cut after two games since he had never played football. Later after he broke the legs of a fellow player during a scrimmage, Ferrigno left the world of Canadian football.

In 1975, during competition, Ferrigno at 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) weighed 268 lb (130 kg), and 315 lb (142 kg) in 1992.

In 1977, Ferrigno competed in the first annual World’s Strongest Man competition, where he finished fourth in a field of eight competitors.

Ferrigno returned to bodybuilding in the early 1990s, competing for the 1992 and 1993 Mr. Olympia titles. Finishing 12th and 10th, respectively, he then turned to the 1994 Masters Olympia, where his attempt to beat Robbie Robinson and Boyer Coe was the subject of the 1996 documentary Stand Tall. After this, he retired from competition.

Lou in 1993

Lou Ferrigno Acting Career

1977–2008
Ferrigno was cast as the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk in 1977. Ferrigno has described Bixby as a “mentor” and “father figure” who took him under his wing. Ferrigno also singles out the instances in which Bixby directed Ferrigno in some episodes as particularly memorable. Until 1981, Ferrigno continued playing the Hulk role although the last two episodes were not broadcast until May 1982. Later, he and Bixby co-starred in three The Incredible Hulk TV movies.

Ferrigno appeared in Battle of the Network Stars in November 1978 and again in May 1979.

Ferrigno appeared as John Six on the short-lived medical drama Trauma Center in 1983.

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

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. Bruce Banner bribes him with a pizza in order to gain entry into a university building in the latter film.

2009–present
In the 2009 feature film comedy I Love You, Man Ferrigno appeared as himself.

In the early 1990s, Ferrigno trained Michael Jackson on and off and in 2009, he helped Jackson get into shape for a planned series of concerts in London, which were ultimately cancelled due to Jackson’s untimely death.

Ferrigno features in Smosh video, titled “I love Lou Ferrigno”, in which he is tracked down by one of Smosh’s members, Anthony, in Hollywood. The skit ends with Ian’s claim that Anthony stole Ferrigno’s Butterfinger resulting to Ferrigno knocking Anthony unconscious.

Ferrigno has his own line of fitness equipment called Ferrigno Fitness. He provided equipment to The Price Is Right for use as a One Bid prize, and demonstrated the equipment himself in January 2009.

Ferrigno appeared in “My Two Chads”, an episode of Sonny with a Chance, appearing as himself in an episode of the fictional series MacKenzie Falls in 2010. He voices Billy the Hero in the animated series Adventure Time.

Ferrigno’s voice was used (in composite) for the Hulk in the 2012 film The Avengers and its 2015 sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In the Star Trek Continues episode “Lolani” in 2014 Ferrigno appeared as Zaminhon, the Orion slave trader.

Ferrigno appeared as a playable Lego version of himself in Lego Marvel’s Avengers in 2016.

Lou Ferrigno Non Acting Endeavors

Ferrigno was sworn in as a Los Angeles County, California, reserve sheriff’s deputy, Level II in February 2006.

Ferrigno was sworn in as a member of a Maricopa County, Arizona, volunteer sheriff posse, in November 2010, which also includes actors Steven Seagal and Peter Lupus, in order to control illegal immigration in the Phoenix Valley.

The season five of the NBC reality television series; The Celebrity Apprentice, which premiered in February 2012 Ferrigno was a contestant. He appeared in order to raise money for his charity, the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Ferrigno was manager for unanimous’ project “I’m Going to Mop the Floor With You”, which was to create a viral video to promote ProMist Spray Mop from O-Cedar’s, placing him in competition with actress Tia Carrere, the project manager of the women’s team, Forte. In addition to the usual $20,000 awarded to the charity of the project manager of the winning team, O-Cedar pledged an additional $30,000 for that task. Team Unanimous’ video—in which Ferrigno appeared dancing while mopping—won the task, winning the $50,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Ferrigno was sworn in as a reserve deputy to the San Luis Obispo County, California, Sheriff’s Department in June 2012. He then completed his level I law enforcement academy, bringing his training up to full peace officer status.

Ferrigno was sworn in as a special deputy to the Delaware County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Department in September 2013.

President Donald Trump appointed Ferrigno to be a member of his Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition in May 2018.

Lou Ferrigno Competition

  • 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, Heavyweight 3rd place
  • 1992 Mr. Olympia, 12th
  • 1993 Mr. Olympia, 10th
  • 1994: Olympia Masters, 2nd

Lou Ferrigno Magazine Covers

  • Muscle & Fitness (March 1982, September 1982, March 1983, January 1986, June 1987, July 1988, April 1989, March 1993, March 1994, April 1996)
  • Flex (November 1983, August 1985, August 1989, August 1992, October 1992, June 1993, March 1994, November 1994, November 2017)
  • Muscle Builder (May 1974, July 1974, April 1977, September 1977, July 1979, March 1980, May 1980)
  • Iron Man (July 1973, August 1988, October 1992, November 1994, April 2009)
  • Bodybuilding Lifestyle (December 1991, May 1992)
  • Muscle Mag International (March 1979, December 1983, November 1994)
  • Muscular Development (February 1981, October 1992, April 2009)
  • Muscle Training Illustrated (May 1972)
  • Natural Bodybuilding (February 1983)
  • Strength & Health (November 1983)

Lou Ferrigno Movies

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1977

Pumping Iron

Himself

Docudrama

1983

Hercules

Hercules

1983

The Seven Magnificent Gladiators

Han

1985

The Adventures of Hercules

Hercules

Sequel to Hercules

1988

Desert Warrior

Zerak

1989

Sinbad of the Seven Seas

Sinbad

1989

Cage

Billy Thomas

1989

All’s Fair

Klaus

1989

Liberty & Bash

Bash

1993

And God Spoke

Himself

1994

Cage II

Billy Thomas

1996

Stand Tall

Himself

Docudrama

1998

The Godson

Bugsy

2003

Hulk

Security guard

Cameo with Stan Lee

2008

The Incredible Hulk

The Hulk
Security guard

Voice
Cameo

2009

I Love You, Man

Himself

2012

The Avengers

The Hulk

Voice collaboration (uncredited)

2014

Moms’ Night Out

The Hulk

Cameo

2015

The Scorpion King: The Lost Throne

Skizurra

Direct-to-video

2015

Avengers Grimm

Iron John

2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Hulk

Voice collaboration (uncredited)

2017

Instant Death

John Bradley

Lead Role

2017

Thor: Ragnarok

The Hulk

Voice collaboration (uncredited)

Lou Ferrigno TV Shows

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1977

The Incredible Hulk

The Hulk

Pilot movie

1977

World’s Strongest Man

Himself/competitor

4th place

1978–82

The Incredible Hulk

The Hulk

1979

Billy

The Hulk

Cameo

1980

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

Himself

2 episodes

1983

The Fall Guy

Six

Episode: “Trauma”

1983

Trauma Center

John Six

13 episodes

1985

Amazing Stories

The Hulk

Episode: “Remote Control Man”; uncredited

1988

The Incredible Hulk Returns

The Hulk

Movie

1989

The Trial of the Incredible Hulk

The Hulk

Movie

1990

The Death of the Incredible Hulk

The Hulk

Movie

1996

The Incredible Hulk

The Hulk

Voice role

2000–07

The King of Queens

Lou Ferrigno

20 episodes

2002

Raw Iron: The Making of ‘Pumping Iron

Himself

Documentary

2004

My Wife and Kids

Big Guy

Episode “Illegal Smile”

2004

Reno 911!

Deputy Cletus Senior

Episode: “Department Investigation: Part 2”

2010

Chuck

Sofia Stepanova’s bodyguard

Episode: “Chuck Versus the Suitcase”

2010

Sonny with a Chance

Himself

Episode: “My Two Chads”

2010–16

Adventure Time

Billy / Bobby

4 episodes

2012

Celebrity Apprentice

Himself

8 episodes (9th fired)

2014

Star Trek Continues

Zaminhon

Web series; episode: “Lolani”

2016

We Bare Bears

Paul

Episode: “Yard Sale”

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