The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its list of New Members. Lou was honored to join other notable New Academy Member Stars, including the likes of Jon Hamm (“Baby Driver”), Viggo Mortensen (“Captain Fantastic,” “The Lord of the Rings”), Amy Poehler (“Inside Out,” “Sisters”), Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”, the series), and Bonnie Hunt (“Jerry Maguire”), just to mention a few!
Lou’s most recent action movie, Instant Death, which was shot in London, was released to fabulous reviews. Also, Lou’s highly-anticipated films Enter the Fire, Ring Ring and Purge of Thrones, all in post-production, are expected to release by the end of the year. And, rumors are swirling that Lou will not only be voicing the Hulk in the upcoming star-studded Marvel Entertainment motion picture Thor: Ragnarok, but also has an role on screen! Watch for it!
Highlights over the last three years, include Lou’s 2016 work which was filled with both humor and diversity. He starred as Willy opposite Catherine Bell, Judd Nelson and Paul Sorvino in the comedic motion picture, The Bandit Hound, and in 2015 voiced the Hulk in the blockbuster movie Avengers: Age of Ultron. In 2014, Lou appeared in Moms Night Out and in 2012, Lou shot multiple projects, including, most notably, the action-packed thriller, Liberator.
In 2013 Lou and his son, Louie Jr. launched Ferrigno Legacy, a World Class Bodybuilding Competition and Expo, held in beautiful Palm Springs, California. With over 400 Contestants from across the world, it is now entering its fourth year of success. That same year, Lou and his daughter, Shanna launched FerrignoFit, a lifestyle brand that celebrates positive, healthy living by combining behavioral science, education, and entertainment with the fundamentals of health & fitness to build personalized transformation programs aimed at helping individuals achieve their fitness goals.
In January 2010, Lou signed on with Nestlé USA, Inc., as a Spokesperson for what was a very funny yearlong Campaign! That was also the same year that he played in Soupernatural. Lou also continues to do Voice Overs for cartoon characters on The Cartoon Network.
The Summer of 2009 presented a personal challenge for Lou when his long-time friend, Pop legend Michael Jackson, for whom he was a personal trainer for over 20 years, suddenly passed away stunning the entire World. In honor of Michael, Lou made over two-dozen television appearances, including Larry King Live, Good Morning America, The ABC Morning Show and Anderson Cooper. In recognition, Lou was credited on the Michael Jackson movie “This Is It”.
In 2009, Lou played a wonderful supporting role in the DreamWorks romantic comedy “I Love You, Man” which was directed by John Hamburg (Zoolander, Along Came Poly, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers), with a cast that includes Paul Rudd, Jason Segel and Rashida Jones.
Shortly before that Lou also appeared in, and did the voice of The Hulk, in Superhero blockbuster feature films, The Incredible Hulk, directed by Louis Leterrier, with a cast that included Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, and Robert Downey Jr. That was, of course, the squeal to the blockbuster hit feature film Hulk, directed by Ang Lee where Lou, at the request of the filmmakers, made an honorary Cameo Appearance. Along with Stan Lee, he is one of only two actors to appear in both Hulk and The Incredible Hulk. He also provides the voice for the UPN animated series The Incredible Hulk, with a cast that includes Peter Strauss, Mark Hamill, Kathy Ireland, and Richard Moll. Lou also enjoyed his seven-year Recurring Guest Star role on King of Queens, where he frequently appeared up through the shows successful 9th Season, on CBS Television Network. Lou also Guest Starred on the ABC Television Sitcom My Wife and Kids.
Lou also headed first to Italy where he shot two commercials used in the International market where he has a huge fan base, and to the East coast to shoot two Longhorn Steakhouse commercials, one of which was rated as the No. 3 top commercial of the year by “Shoot Magazine.”
It’s incredible when one realizes that Lou is now in his 12th year as a “Deputy” for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, which required an extensive physical and academic training program and testing that he passed with flying colors! Family and friends still vividly recall the induction ceremony, where Lou was selected to speak publicly before the packed house of other Deputy Sheriffs, their families, friends and press who were present to witness the formal “white glove” event. Since, Lou has also qualified to and acts as a “Deputy” for the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department and a Sheriff’s Department in Southern Arizona.
In addition, Lou is regularly invited by universities, corporate executives, and numerous other major event holders to give motivational and inspiring speeches all over the world. In addition to his film and television career, Lou released his autobiography, My Incredible Life as the Hulk, which included forwards by both Stan Lee and Ang Lee.
Lou 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, which 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 immersed himself in the actor’s theatrical experience with the help of his acting mentors, Milton Katselas, Howard Fine, Larry Moss, 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.
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, 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 for Everyone. 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 soughtafter entertainers in the business.
Lou lives only blocks from the Pacific Ocean in Southern California with his beautiful wife, Carla. They are “Incredibly” proud of their three adult children, Shanna, Louie Jr. and Brent.