Franco Columbu - Doctor, Actor and Bodybuilder
Bodybuilding History

Franco Columbu – Doctor, Actor and Bodybuilder

Franco Columbu was born in Sardinia, Italy in 1941.  He immigrated to the United States in 1969, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1987. Columbu has earned numerous bodybuilding titles, including Mr. Olympia, Mr. International, Mr. World, Mr. Universe, Mr. Europe, and Mr. Italy, despite his slight stature, usually reported as 5 foot 5 inches, well under that of most […]

Ken Waller - The Charming Villain of Pumping Iron
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Ken Waller – The Charming Villain of Pumping Iron

The movie, Pumping Iron is a documentary about bodybuilding that erupted a huge national interest in the sport.  The dozen or so “stars” of the movie were in actually the best of the best of the bodybuilding sport of that time. Obviously, certain names such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno are always associated with Pumping Iron because these are the bodybuilders who […]

Lou Ferrigno - How Pumping Iron Gave Birth to the Incredible Hulk
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Lou Ferrigno – How Pumping Iron Gave Birth to the Incredible Hulk

The name Lou Ferrigno had never been heard by most people outside the bodybuilding world until the movie Pumping Iron was released and became a surprise success in 1977.  The documentary tells the story of a group of bodybuilding competitors preparing for the 1975 Mr. Olympia competition. Lou was at that time working in obscurity as a steel worker, training under […]