Ferrigno, Lou 1952–

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Ferrigno, Lou 1952–

(Louis Ferrigno)


Born November 9, 1952, in Brooklyn, NY; son of Matthew (a police lieutenant) and Victoria Ferrigno; married Susan Groff, 1978 (divorced, 1979); married Carla Green (a psychotherapist, personal trainer, and television talk show host), 1980; children: (second marriage) Shawna (some sources cite Shanna), Lou, Jr., Brent. Education: Studied acting with Milton Katselas and Howard Fine.


Actor. Appeared in print ads for Joe Weider's Dynamic Muscle Builder drink and commercials for Longhorn Steakhouse. Professional bodybuilder; chosen Teenage Mr. America, 1970, Mr. America, 1972, Mr. Universe, 1973 and 1974, and Mr. International, 1974; also worked as bodybuilding instructor and lecturer on bodybuilding and fitness at seminars and universities; Toronto Argonauts, professional football player; also former sheet metal worker. Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, reserve deputy, 2006.


Television Appearances; Series:

Title role, The Incredible Hulk, CBS, 1978–82.

Voice of The Hulk, The Incredible Hulk (animated; also known as The Incredible Hulk & Friends), UPN, 1996.

Himself, The King of Queens, CBS, 2005–2006.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Title role, The Incredible Hulk: Death in the Family (also known as The Return of the Incredible Hulk), NBC, 1977.

Title role, The Incredible Hulk: Married (also known as Bride of the Incredible Hulk), 1979.

Title role, The Incredible Hulk Returns, NBC, 1988.

Title role, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, NBC, 1989.

Title role, The Death of the Incredible Hulk (also known as The Death of the Incredible Hulk: The Movie), NBC, 1990.

Goodwin, Extralarge: Jo–Jo (also known as Detective Extralarge: Yo Yo and Zwei supertypen in Miami: Der keline mit der grossen klappe), 1991.

Dog catcher, Ping!, HBO, 2002.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

(Television debut) Title role, The Incredible Hulk (also known as The Return of the Incredible Hulk) CBS, 1977.

Hulk, Billy, 1979.

First federal officer, The Naked Truth, ABC, 1993.

Himself, Fur on the Asphalt: The Greg the Bunny Reunion Show, Independent Film Channel, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Himself, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, PBS, 1980.

Carl Molino, "King of the Beach," The Incredible Hulk, 1981.

Himself, "License to Kill: Part 1," The Fall Guy, ABC, 1982.

Six, "Trauma," The Fall Guy, ABC, 1983.

"Lou Ferrigno," This Is Your Life, syndicated, 1983.

Steve Ott, "Blood Ties," Matt Houston, 1984.

Himself, "The Winner," The Fall Guy, ABC, 1984.

"Catfight," Mike Hammer (also known as Mickey Spillane's "Mike Hammer" and The New Mike Hammer), 1984.

The Klondike Butcher, "Battling Bailiff," Night Court, NBC, 1985.

The Hulk, "Remote Control Man," Amazing Stories (also known as Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories"), 1985.

WBF Bodystars, USA Network, 1992.

(Uncredited) Voice of Hulk, "Nightmare in Green," The Fantastic Four (animated; also known as The Marvel Action Hour: The Fantastic Four), 1995.

(Uncredited) Voice of Hulk, "Hulk Buster," Iron Man (animated; also known as The Marvel Action Hour: Iron Man), 1996.

Himself, Que apostamos?, 1996.

Howard Stern, E! Entertainment Television, 1997.

Mog, "The Three Virgins," Conan (also known as Conan the Adventurer), NBC, 1998.

Himself, "Sunday Night Evil," G vs E (also known as Good vs Evil), USA Network, 1999.

The Howard Stern Radio Show, syndicated, 1999.

Slave master, "Virtual Vice," Black Scorpion (also known as Roger Corman Presents "Black Scorpion"), Sci–Fi Channel, 2001.

Himself, "E3 03, Playa," Player$, Tech Television, 2003.

Himself, "The Black Widow of Pool," The Man Show, Comedy Central, 2003.

Himself, Banzai, Fox, 2003.

Big guy, "Illigal Smile," My Wife and Kids, ABC, 2004.

New Junior–Deputy Cletus Sr., "Department Investigation: Part 2," Reno 911!, Comedy Central, 2004.

Himself, Street Smarts, 2004.

Himself, Big Brother's Efourum (also known as Big Brother's Big Mouth), 2005.

Appeared as a workman in en episode of Living Single, Fox.

Television Appearances; Specials:

CBS team member, Battle of the Network Stars V, ABC, 1978.

CBS team member, Battle of the Network Stars VI, ABC, 1979.

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes, CBS, 1979.

The Television Annual: 1978/1979, ABC, 1979.

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope for President, NBC, 1980.

Saturn Awards, 1981.

Gray team member, Battle of the Video Games, syndicated, 1983.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade, syndicated, 1988.

Stan Lee: The ComiX–MAN!, Arts and Entertainment, 1995.

Bill Bixby: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1999.

Quest for Fitness, History Channel, 1999.

Dave Draper: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Bill Bixby: Chasing Perfection, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Entertainment Tonight Presents: Whatever Happened to Your Favorite TV Action Heroes?, syndicated, 2001.

VH–1 Where Are They Now: Superheros, VH1, 2003.

Dans la peau de Jean–Claude Van Damme, 2003.

Ultimate Super Heroes, Ultimate Super Villains, Ultimate Super Vixens, Bravo, 2004.

Battle of the Network Reality Stars, Bravo, 2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

I Love the '70s, VH1, 2003.

Film Appearances:

(As Louis Ferrigno) Pumping Iron (documentary), Cinema V, 1977.

Han, The Seven Magnificent Gladiators (also known as I sette magnifici gladiatori), Cannon, 1982.

Title role, Hercules (also known as Ercole), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists/Cannon, 1983.

Title role, Hercules II (also known as The Adventures of Hercules, Le avventure dell'incredible Ercole, and Le avventure di Ercole 2), Cannon, 1983.

Title role, Sinbad of the Seven Seas (also known as Sinbad), Pathe International, 1989.

Zerak, Desert Warrior (also known as Sand Wars), Silver Star/Prism, 1989.

Klaus, All's Fair (also known as Skirmish), Moviestore Entertainment, 1989.

Sergeant Billy Thomas, Cage, United Artists, 1989.

Bash, Liberty & Bash (also known as Crime Task Force), 1990.

Smitty, Hangfire (also known as First Blood Commando), Motion Picture Corporation of America, 1991.

Cain, The Making of "… And God Spoke" (also known as … And God Spoke), Live Entertainment, 1993.

Ranger John Jones, Frogtown II (also known as Hell Comes to Frogtown II and Return to Frogtown), 1993.

Billy, Cage II (also known as Cage II: The Arena of Death), 1994.

Quazzie, The Misery Brothers, 1995.

Himself, Stand Tall (documentary), 1997.

Bugsy/Alice, The Godson, Lions Gate Films, 1998.

From Heaven to Hell, Dead Dog Productions, 2002.

Knife thrower, Frank McKlusky, C.I., Buena Vista, 2002.

Security guard, Hulk, Universal, 2003.

Himself, Surge of Power, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

(Stage debut) Jonathan Brewster, Arsenic and Old Lace, Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1985.

Major Tours:

Appeared as Jonathan Brewster, Arsenic and Old Lace, U.S. cities; also toured U.S. and Canadian cities in Of Mice and Men and Requiem for a Heavyweight.



Introduction by Lou Ferrigno: The Incredible Hulk TV Pilot, 2003.

Recorded Body Perfection; also appeared in a music video by the group Edgewater.



(With Douglas Hall) The Incredible Lou Ferrigno: His Story; With His Step–by–Step Training Program and Special Techniques for Building a Superb Body, Simon & Schuster, 1982.

Lou Ferrigno's Guide to Personal Power, Bodybuilding, and Fitness, Contemporary Books, 1996.

Also wrote booklist such as "Intermediate and Advanced Principles;" "Abdominals Serratus and Intercostals;" "Muscular Size and Power;" "Hulking Shoulders;" "Hulking Back;" "Hulking Arms;" "Contest Training;" "Basic Principles;" "The Mind;" and "Photo Album."



Muscles & Fitness, December, 1992, p. 94; January, 1993, p. 80; March, 1993, pp. 182, 188; February, 1994, p. 142; September, 1998, p. 84.

People Weekly, February 15, 1999, p. 63.


Lou Ferrigno Official Site,http://www.louferrigno.com, July 22, 2006.


"Lou Ferrigno" (television episode), This Is Your Life, syndicated, 1983.