Beat out Arnold Schwarzenegger for the role of the Hulk on the TV series The Incredible Hulk (1978). Ferrigno won reportedly because Arnold, at 6' 2", was deemed not tall enough, while Lou was 6' 5".
1973: Won the bodybuilding title, "Mr. Universe".
In the late '80s he decided to tone down his massive body so that people would be more likely to see him as a person and not just as his "monster" alter ego "The Hulk".
In his peak body-building days, he could bench press nearly 500 pounds.
Like so many of the bodybuilders who starred in the "Hercules" films of the late '50s and early '60s, his voice was dubbed for his own "Hercules" films.