Lou Ferrigno

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Louis Jude "Lou" Ferrigno (born November 9, 1951[1]) is an American actor, fitness trainer/consultant, and retired professional bodybuilder. As a bodybuilder, Ferrigno won an IFBB Mr. America title and two consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles, and appeared in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron. As an actor, he is best known for portraying the title role in the CBS television series The Incredible Hulk. He has also appeared in European-produced 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.

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Early life

Ferrigno was born in Brooklyn, New York to Matt Ferrigno, an Italian American New York City Police Department Lieutenant, and his mother Victoria.[2] As an infant, he suffered an ear infection and lost some of his hearing.[3] Ferrigno started weight training at age 13, citing body builder and Hercules star Steve Reeves as one of his role models.[4]

Ferrigno's personal heroes as a child were Spider-Man and the Hulk.[5] Appropriately, he would later play the role of the Hulk himself in the Incredible Hulk television series and related TV movies.[6] He was also a fan of the Hercules films that starred Steve Reeves. Ferrigno frequently points to Reeves as one of his primary role models and would later play Hercules just as Reeves had.

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