‘Incredible Hulk’ spotted at CT airport
More than 35 years after playing the“Incredible Hulk” in a TV series, Lou Ferrigno is still easy to recognize.
While he’s no longer green, the now retired professional body builder is still going strong.
Now 66, he’s an actor, personal fitness trainer/consultant and motivational speaker. He also sells books, DVDs and clothing on his web site louferrigno.com.
“Being healthy and fit has, without a doubt, been the key factor in my life’s success and happiness,” he said.
On Thursday, state police tweeted a photo of Ferrigno while he was passing through Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks.
Ferrigno took a moment to be photographed with a trooper stationed at the airport.
“Good thing Mr. Ferrigno is smiling, we probably wouldn’t like him when he’s angry,” the tweet read.
Ferrigno got his chance to play The Hulk in 1977.
It was the year that brought the release of the now-iconic bodybuilding documentary, “Pumping Iron,” and the attention of television producer Kenneth Johnson (”Six Million Dollar Man,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Alien Nation”), who was seeking the right person to portray the larger-than-life comic book superhero, The Incredible Hulk.
With his 6′ 5″, 285 lb. frame, Ferrigno was the biggest professional bodybuilder at the time. He auditioned for the part of the green-skinned Goliath, winning the part over fellow bodybuilder, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The show premiered in 1977 and continued to 1982.
After the show, he starred in such films as Hercules (1983), Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989) and Cage (1989).
His recent credits include guest appearances on the CBS sitcom, The King of Queens, (beginning in 2000 and continuing until the program’s conclusion in 2007, where he and his wife Carla were depicted as the main characters next-door neighbors.)
He also made cameo appearances as a security guard in both the 2003 film Hulk and the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk, in which he also voiced the Hulk.