Lou Ferrigno will always be one of our favorites. He first broke into the mainstream as a recognized player in Pump iron as an offender bodybuilder who wants to challenge Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1975 by Mr. Olympia. For some, it would have been more than sufficient fame for the coast, but Lou was not yet done with his pop culture.
In 1977, he landed on a role that would define his career when he was cast as the Incredible Hulk, replacing Richard Kiel, who was originally hired to put on green paint (Kiel also played Jaws in James Bond films). Ferrigno was not just a suitable replacement for the fired Kiel; he helped make The incredible Hulk One of the most popular dramas in the late 70s and early 80s. Since then, he has played an important role in the character’s legacy, voicing the green goliath in various cartoons, films and video games.
He is also constantly present on television (King queen) and on magazine covers decades after hulk (he was on the cover Flex as in November 2017). He even achieved an impressive return to Olympia in 1992 and 93, when he was well at the age of 40, although he never brought Sandow home.
Lou is currently there, with Arnold, as the senior statesman of the bodybuilding world, speaking as a reference to a time when the sport may have been at its peak. So as to celebrate the 67th issue of Ferrignogo birthday, we searched Getty for our beloved old school Lou.