20″ x 20″ Signed Oct. 25, 2002 at Chiller Theatre Expo, E. Rutherford, NJ
Far from the days he was green and full of rage as television’s “Incredible Hulk”, versatile Lou Ferrigno is continuing to surprise audiences with his diverse talents, from acting in film and television projects, giving voice to an animated series or writing a best selling book, “Lou Ferrigno’s Guide to Personal Power, Bodybuilding and Fitness for Everyone, Lou has done it all.
Superstardom and Lou Ferrigno became one and the same with the emergence of the CBS mega hit “The Incredible Hulk”. This year, Lou will see the cable television premier of the bodybuilding documentary that forever made him world famous, “Pumping Iron”, televised globally on both HBO and Cinemax. He is currently appearing in “Stand Tall”, the sequel to “Pumping Iron”, the first film to introduce Lou and “Arnold” to American movie audiences. Ferrigno put aside his acting career to appear in “Standing Tall”, in which he trained for eight hours a day to ready himself for the September 1994 Masters Olympia title – 19 years after retiring from his last bodybuilding competition. “When you take that many years off from competition, you have to develop a hunger again to become a champion. That was my biggest obstacle – to develop a hunger, It’s very hard to make that a priority”.
Returning to acting after his intensive training (He was runner-up in the Masters Olympia contest),Lou will be seen in “Bedazzled”, the Harold Ramis comedy with Brendan Frazier and Elizabeth Hurley, soon to be released on DVD. Most recently, Lou will is recurring as “himself”, the new neighbor to the “King of Queens” which airs Monday nights at 8:00 pm on CBS. Lou will also be seen as”The Slavemaster” on the new action/adventure series “Black Scorpion” currently on the Sci-Fi channel, Friday Nights at 8:00pm. Lou also provides the voice for the UPN animated series, “The Inceredible Hulk” with a cast that includes Peter Strauss, Mark Hamill, Kathy Ireland and Richard Moll.
Lou spent six months writing his book “Lou Ferrigno’s Guide to Personal Power, Bodybuilding and Fitness for Everyone”, published in 1997 by Contemporary Books. Lou’s story is well known. As an infant, he developed an ear infection that caused him to lose 85 percent of his hearing. But he doesn’t look at that as a disadvantage. “As a matter of fact, If I hadn’t lost my hearing, I wouldn’t be where I am now. It forced me to maximize my own potential. I had to be better than the average person to succeed. That’s why I chose bodybuilding. If I became a world champion, If I could win admiration from my peers, I could do anything”. Lou currently serves as a personal trainer “to the stars” training daily in his personal gym he has constructed behind his house. Some of Lou’s clients include Mickey Rourke, Michael Jackson and Chuck Norris. “One of my favorite things is personal training, I love changing peoples bodies”. Understandably, Ferrigno is one of the most sought after personal trainers in the U.S.
Born in Brooklyn, Ny, Lou is a former sheet metal worker and once played professional football (for the Toronto Argonauts). He moved to California to advance his body building career. At an early age he captured such bodybuilding titles as Mr. Teenage America, Mr. America, Mr. International and Mr. Universe. Lou is the only person ever to win the Mr. Universe title two consecutive years in a row, and only twenty one at the time. Lou is even honored in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest bodybuilder to hold the record, which is still unchallenged to this day.
If all this weren’t enough, Lou also does book signings, personal appearances , is a guest at Comic Book and Science Fiction conventions and performs as Master of Ceremonies for various charitable events around the world. In fact, only recently did President Clinton, also a guest at one such celebration, grab Lou’s hand, and looking into the television legends face exclaim, Lou Ferrigno, I have always wanted to meet you.