Louis Jude "Lou" Ferrigno (born November 9, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York City) is a former professional bodybuilder turned actor and fitness consultant of Italian-American descent.
In his bodybuilding days, he won an IFBB Mr. America title and two consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles. For a glimpse at his career in that field, there is the documentary Pumpin' Iron, in which Ferrigno figures as one of the main challengers attempting to overthrow the reigning Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger.
A lesser known fact is that he reprised the role of Hulk through voice acting in the 2003 film, then in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, when CGI technologies allowed to render the monster more convincingly than green paint on his jacked body. He also had a Remake Cameo in both the 2003 film and the MCU's Incredible Hulk film, both as a security guard.
His stature and musculature also got him cast as Classical Mythology hero Hercules in a couple of B-to-Z grade movies in the 1980s.
Has a famously unique speaking voice, the result of losing most of his hearing before he was 3.
His son, Lou Ferrigno Jr, is also an actor.
- Hercules — As the titular character (1983)
- Sinbad of the Seven Seas — As the titular character (1989)
- The Godson — As Bugsy (1998)
- Hulk — Cameoing alongside Stan Lee as a security guard (2003)
- Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! — As Secret Service Agent Banner (2015)
- Avengers Grimm — As Iron John (2015)
- The Incredible Hulk (1977) — As the Hulk (1977-82)
- The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988)
- The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989)
- The Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990)
- The Incredible Hulk (1996) — As the Hulk (1996-1997)
- The King of Queens — As Lou Ferrigno (200007)
- Adventure Time — As Billy (2010-2016)
- Star Trek Continues — As Zaminhon (2014)
Tropes & Trivia about his career:
- What Could Have Been: He pursued the role of Tigris of Gaul in Gladiator, which eventually went to fellow bodybuilder Sven-Ole Thorsen.