Lou Ferrigno The Original Hulk

Lou Ferrigno was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Victoria and Matt Ferrigno, a police lieutenant. He is of Italian descent. Shortly after birth, Ferrigno says he believes he suffered a series of ear infections and lost between 75 and 80% of his hearing, although his condition was not diagnosed until he was three years old. Hearing loss caused Ferrigno to be harassed by his peers during his childhood: “They used to call me ‘Louie deaf, deaf and dumb,’ because of my hearing and the way it sounded.

Lou Ferrigno The Original Hulk


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Ferrigno began training with weights at age 13, citing bodybuilder and Hercules star Steve Reeves as one of his role models. He was also a fan of the Hercules films starring Reeves.

The other personal heroes of Ferrigno as a child were Spider-Man and the Hulk. Ferrigno attended St. Athanasius Grammar School and Brooklyn Technical High School, where he learned to work metal.

Lou Ferrigno
Personal information
Height 6 feet 5 in. (1.96 m)
Weight 285 lb (129 kg) (1975)
315 lb (143 kg) (1992)

Pro-debut NABBA Mr. Universe, 1972
IFBB Best Win Mr. Universe, 1973-1974, two consecutive years
Retired asset 1995

Bodybuilding career

After graduating from high school in 1969, Ferrigno won his first major title, IFBB Mr. America. Four years later, he won the title IFBB Mr. Universe. Early in his career, he lived in Columbus, Ohio and was trained with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 1974, he came in second place in his first attempt at the Mr. Olympia competition. He came third the following year, and his attempt to defeat Arnold Schwarzenegger was the subject of the 1975 documentary Pumping Iron. The documentary made Ferrigno famous.

These victories, however, did not provide him enough income to make a living. His first paid job was as a sheet metal worker of $ 10 per hour at a factory in Brooklyn, where he worked for three years. He did not enjoy the dangerous work, and left after a friend and co-worker accidentally cut his hand one day.

After this, Ferrigno left the competition circuit for many years, a period that included a brief stint as a defensive lineman for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Soccer League. He had never played soccer, and was cut after two games. Ferrigno left the Canadian soccer world after he broke the legs of a playmate during a maneuver.

During the competition

Ferrigno weighed 268 lb (130 kg) at 6 ft 5 in (1975) and 315 lb (142 kg) in 1992. Ferrigno competed in the first annual competition of the world’s strongest man in 1977, where he finished fourth in a field of eight competitors.

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

His Personal life

Due to the ear infections he suffered shortly after birth, Ferrigno lost between 75 and 80% of his hearing and has been using hearing aids since the age of five. Ferrigno says that his hearing loss helped shape his sense of determination in his youth and he said: “I think if it was not hard for me to listen, I would not be where I am now.

At first, when I was a child it was difficult, but I’m not ashamed to talk about it because many people have misconceptions about hearing loss, for example, who has a hearing loss and what it is like not to listen, so I do talk about it, be all that I can be, and also It gave me a certain strength of character.Each time I make a movie or a television show, I initially inform them about my hearing loss and that makes it much easier for all of us to communicate and do the work.

Ferrigno married Susan Groff in 1978 and divorced a year later. On May 3, 1980, he married psychotherapist Carla Green, who also began serving as her manager; later he became a personal trainer. They have three children, Shanna, born in 1981; Louis, Jr., born in 1984; and Brent, born in 1990. Shanna has a recurring role as nurse Janice in Days of Our Lives, and appeared in the Windfall series of NBC, as well as in the film for television Within, and in 2005 appeared in the E! Reality TV series, Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive. Louis, Jr. was a supporter of the football team at the University of Southern California, Trojans.

In late 2014, Carla was one of the many women who accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

Lou has filed a lawsuit against his brother, Andy Ferrigno, twice for using the name Ferrigno in commercial companies.