Anyone who grew up in the late 70s and early 80s knows just how iconic the television shows, and their actors, were to us as kids, and one legendary actor will be making an appearance to visit with fans in western Kentucky.

The Incredible Hulk in Comics

The massive green monolithic mutant known as The Incredible Hulk made his first comic book appearance in 1962 thanks to the brilliant minds of the late Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

The Incredible Hulk on TV

More than a decade later, in 1978, the comic book character would come to life on the television screen. Embodying the character of the Incredible Hulk would be none other than Lou Ferrigno. At the time, Ferrigno was the largest professional bodybuilder. He measured 6 feet four inches tall and weighed in at 285 pounds. Ferrigno's chiseled physique earned him the title of Mr. America and the title of Mr. Universe two years in a row. According to IMDB,

An internationally famous and well respected bodybuilder / actor, Lou Ferrigno first appeared on TV screens in 1977 as the musclebound title character of The Incredible Hulk (1977), the alter ego of meek scientist David Banner. Ferrigno was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1951 and as a child suffered from an ear infection that resulted in permanent partial hearing loss. Undeterred by what some may have perceived as a disadvantage, Lou threw himself into athletics (predominantly weightlifting and body building) and at the age of 21 won his first Mr. Universe title. For good measure, he came back and won it again the following year!

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After the Show

Even after The Incredible Hulk aired its final episode in 1982, Lou Ferrigno continued his acting career including his appearance in the TV movie The Incredible Hulk Returns released in 1988. He also appeared in the 1983 release of Hercules and the 1989 film Sinbad of the Seven Seas, as well as several others. In addition to television and films, Ferrigno is also the author of two books.

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Meet Lou Ferrigno

The actor, author, and athlete will be making a public appearance in western Kentucky on March 31, 2023, where he will meet fans, sign autographs, and pose for photos. The meet and greet will take place beginning at 5 pm at Replay Toys in Bowling Green, Kentucky. For $40 you'll be able to get either a selfie with the star or an autographed 8x10 photo. Other options like a group selfie, autographs on specialty memorabilia, and a personalized video message will be available as well at an additional charge.

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