Bodybuilding legend and 70s Marvel standard bearer Lou Ferrigno — famous the world over for his pioneering television portrayal of ‘The Hulk’ in 80 episodes of “The Incredible Hulk” over five seasons from 1977 to 1982 on CBS, and in ten other productions to date — discusses his career, reveals behind-the-scenes stories and answers fan questions at his 2019 Montreal Comiccon Q&A panel.
Louis Jude Ferrigno (born November 9th, 1951) is an American actor, fitness trainer, fitness consultant and retired professional bodybuilder. As a bodybuilder, Ferrigno won an IFBB (International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness) ‘Mr. America’ title and two consecutive IFBB ‘Mr. Universe’ titles, and appeared in the bodybuilding documentary “Pumping Iron” (1977). As an actor, he reprised his ‘Hulk’ role in subsequent live action and animated productions including “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015), “Hulk at the Office” (2015), “Moms’ Night Out” (2014), “Avengers Assemble” (2012), “The Incredible Hulk” (2008), “Hulk” (2003), “The Incredible Hulk” (1996-1997), “The Death of the Incredible Hulk” (1990), “The Trial of the Incredible Hulk” (1989) and “The Incredible Hulk Returns” (1988). Ferrigno also appeared in European-produced fantasy-adventures such as “Sinbad of the Seven Seas” (1989), “The Adventures of Hercules” (1985) and “Hercules” (1983), as himself in the sitcom “The King of Queens” (2000-2007) and the comedy “I Love You, Man” (2009), and as Billy/Bobby in the series “Adventure Time” (2010-2016).
“The Incredible Hulk” starred Bill Bixby as ‘Dr. David Bruce Banner,’ Lou Ferrigno as ‘The Hulk’ and Jack Colvin as ‘Jack McGee.’ In the TV series, ‘Dr. David Banner,’ a widowed physician and scientist who is presumed dead, travels across America under assumed names and finds himself in situations where he is able to help others in need despite his terrible secret. In times of extreme anger or stress, of course, he transforms into a huge and incredibly strong green-colored creature called ‘The Hulk.’ In his travels, Banner earns money by working temporary jobs while searching for a way to control or cure his condition. All the while, he is obsessively pursued by tabloid newspaper reporter Jack McGee, who is convinced that the Hulk is a deadly menace whose exposure would enhance his career. Spoiler Alert: The series ends with David Banner continuing to search for a cure. The series was developed and produced by Kenneth Johnson who also wrote or directed some episodes. In 1988, the filming rights were purchased from CBS by rival network NBC which produced the TV movies “The Incredible Hulk Returns” (directed by Nicholas J. Corea), “The Trial of the Incredible Hulk,” and “The Death of the Incredible Hulk” (both directed by Bill Bixby).