Lou Ferrigno is most popularly known for his acting role in the CBS television series The Incredible Hulk. He is also known as a fitness trainer, fitness consultant and retired professional bodybuilder. He has many accolades for both areas of his professional career, earning him an estimated net worth of $6 million.
In his athletic career, Ferrigno won a few major titles, including IFBB Mr. America and IFBB Mr. Universe. During the early years of his bodybuilding years, he spent much time training with Arnold Schwarzenegger. His drive to beat Schwarzenegger was the point of interest in the 1975 documentary, titled Pumping Iron. While the accolades and notoriety appealed to Ferrigno, he had to work as a sheet metal worker in a Brooklyn factory to make ends meet. He eventually left the job when a friend and co-worker accidentally cut off the friend’s hand one day.
Ferrigno’s acting career helped with his money problems. Due to his muscled figure, casting him as The Incredible Hulk was an easy task for directors. After the television show ended, Ferrigno co-starred with Bill Bixby, the “normal” alter ego of the Incredible Hulk. His fame helped him to star as himself on many shows, including Battle of the Network Stars, Trauma Center, and The King of Queens. He also starred as himself in the romantic comedy, I Love You, Man.
Ferrigno has suffered from 75% to 80% loss of his hearing, due to an ear infection after he was born. He has been forced to wear a hearing aid since age 5, which has helped to shape his drive and determination in the industry. Ferrigno has stated that, “I think my hearing loss helped create a determination within me to be all that I can be, and gave me a certain strength of character too. Anytime I do a movie or a TV show, I make them aware of my hearing loss at the beginning, and that makes it much easier for all of us to communicate and get the job done.”