Internationally famous and well respected bodybuilder / actor who first appeared on TV screens in 1977 as the muscle bound Incredible Hulk, the alter ego of meek scientist David Banner. Louis Ferrigno was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1952 and as a child suffered from an ear infection causing him partial hearing loss. Undeterred by what some may have perceived as a disadvantage, Lou threw himself into sports (predominantly weight lifting & body building) and at the age of 21 he won his first Mr Universe title, and then for good measure, he came back and won it again the following year!
Lou also played professional football in the Canadian Football League, before coming to the attention of producer Kenneth Johnson who was seeking just the right person to portray onscreen the comic book super hero, The Incredible Hulk. With his 6' 5" and 285 lb. frame, Lou was the biggest professional bodybuilder of the time, and had recently starred in the must see sports documentary Pumping Iron (1977) about the 1975 Mr Olympia contest in South Africa. He successfully auditioned for the part of the green skinned goliath, and it is the role with which he is most closely identified.
The Hulk was a huge ratings success, and spawned several telemovies after the initial TV series completed its run. Lou continued to remain busy in films and TV with appearances often centred around his remarkable physique....these included key roles in Hercules (1983), _Cage (1989)_ , Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989) and Frogtown II (1993). Lou has additionally guest-starred on several TV shows including "The Fall Guy" and "Mike Hammer" and a recurring role on "King of Queens". In 1997, Lou featured as himself in the dynamic documentary about his sensational return to professional bodybuilding at age 43, Stand Tall (1997). The doco detailed how he returned to compete in the Masters category of the Mr Olympia contest against several familiar bodybuilding foes. In more recent years, he has appeared in several cinematic releases including The Misery Brothers (1995), Ping! (2000), From Heaven to Hell (2002) and a cameo as a security guard in the big budget remake of Hulk (2003).
Big Lou is also a successful author with two books detailing his bodybuilding knowledge, and his life behind the scenes playing the Incredible Hulk on TV in the 1970s, plus he has a popular website frequented by his many fans worldwide.