Lou Ferrigno is an American actor, fitness trainer, and retired professional bodybuilder best recognized for his portrayal of the Hulk in the television series “The Incredible Hulk.”
Ferrigno’s acting journey began with his breakout role as the green-skinned giant, Hulk, in the 1977 series “The Incredible Hulk,” which ran until 1982. This portrayal cemented his place in pop culture, leaving an indelible mark on superhero genre fans. Beyond the realm of the Hulk, Ferrigno has had roles in films like “Hercules” (1983) and “Sinbad of the Seven Seas” (1989). He also lent his voice as Billy the Hero in the animated series “Adventure Time.”
Throughout his career, Ferrigno collaborated with a plethora of celebrated individuals. Among them are Bill Bixby, his co-star on “The Incredible Hulk,” and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with whom he shared the screen in the bodybuilding documentary “Pumping Iron.” He has also worked with Michael Jackson, offering him personal training services in the 1990s. Other notable names include Stan Lee, the iconic comic book writer, Ray Romano and Kevin James in the sitcom “King of Queens,” as well as appearances alongside Donald Trump in “The Celebrity Apprentice,” and Steve Austin in “The Condemned.”
Ferrigno’s accomplishments are numerous. In the realm of bodybuilding, he secured titles such as Mr. America and Mr. Universe, showcasing his dedication and prowess in the sport. His acting contributions weren’t left unnoticed either; in 2013, he received a lifetime achievement award at the Temecula Valley International Film Festival.