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Louis Jude Ferrigno (born November 9, 1951 is an American bodybuilder and actor. Ferrigno has appeared in such TV shows and movies as The Incredible Hulk, Pumping Iron, Sinbad of the Seven Seas, and Hercules in 1983. He is best known for playing and voicing the Incredible Hulk. He has more recently played a recurring role, as himself, in the sitcom The King of Queens.

Lou Ferrigno was only 21 when he won his first Mr. Universe title, a Guinness Book record that stands to this day. More incredible, at age 22 he won again - and to this day remains the only person to win consecutive titles! Lou carried the world of bodybuilding to new heights and himself to superstardom with the film documentary, "Pumping Iron," that chronicled the fabled exploits of the youngest and only person to ever become Mr. Universe twice in a row! Exploding onto the film scene, with his place as a body building legend secured, Lou set out to do the same thing in film and television. In less than a year after "Pumping Iron," Lou was again larger than life and created a new cult legend as the title character of the hit show "The Incredible Hulk." The same hard work that crafted his six foot five inch, two hundred eighty five pound frame into a piece of human art, define him as an actor with the uncanny ability to assume characters of mythic proportions that carry a primal humanity.

Undoubtedly the discipline and resiliency that have made Lou into a bodybuilding icon lend themselves to his willingness to train as a serious theatrical actor. Lou worked hard to improve his diction and immersed himself in the actor's theatrical experience with the help of his acting mentors, Milton Katselas, Howard Fine, and "...Hulk" co-star Bill Bixby. The results were great theatrical notices in Texas, Canada, and Chicago (at Drury Lane Theater), for his starring role in "Arsenic and Old Lace," and starring roles in ambitious stage presentations of "Requiem for a Heavyweight" and "Of Mice and Men" - shows that toured throughout the U.S. and Canada. Lou's passionate pursuit of excellence has brought this Brooklyn born actor more than fame and fortune; it has brought him the joy of fulfilling his life long dreams.

As an infant, Lou developed an ear infection that caused him to lose some of his hearing. But he doesn't look at that as a disadvantage: "As a matter of fact, if I hadn't lost some of my hearing, I wouldn't be where I am now. It forced me to maximize my own potential. I had to be better that the average person to succeed. That's why I chose bodybuilding. If I became the world champion, if I could win admiration from my peers, I could do anything."

Remaining true to his host of fans from the bodybuilding world, Lou starred in the sequel to "Pumping Iron." And, "Stand Tall" is a film that documents Lou's 1994 comeback in the Masters Olympia title and his return to bodybuilding after a seventeen year retirement. Lou has starred in over twenty feature films including "Cage" and "Cage II", "And God Spoke", "All's Fair", "Seven Magnificent Gladiators", and "Godson". In two unforgettable performances in "Hercules" and "The Adventures of Hercules", Lou lived a life long dream by playing the legendary Greek hero.

All this led to an amazingly successful personal training business that includes such star clientele as Mickey Rourke, Michael Jackson, and Chuck Norris, and led him to author the book "Lou Ferrigno's Guide to Personal Power, Bodybuilding and Fitness."

Most recently, Lou can be seen playing "The Slavemaster" in the action/adventure series "Black Scorpion," currently airing Friday nights at eight on the Sci-Fi channel. Lou also provides the voice for the UPN animated series "The Incredible Hulk," with a cast that includes Peter Strauss, Mark Hammill, Kathy Ireland, and Richard Moll.

Currently, Lou has a recurring role as the new neighbor in "The King of Queens," which airs in its third season in September 2002, on CBS, Monday nights at 8:00 P.M.

In the Summer of 2003 Lou will make a special Guest Cameo appearance in what promises to be a blockbuster hit feature film "The Hulk", directed by Ang Lee.

Lou continues his regular study of acting and he works out daily, all with the same passion and vigor that made him a household name and established him as one of the most sought after entertainers in the business.

(Credit: Lou Ferrigno official website)

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