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These are the most famous male bodybuilders, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male bodybuilders list contains the most prominent and top males known for being bodybuilders and their bodybuilding career. Hopefully, none of these popular bodybuilders end up on our lists of the worst types of gym people or these creepy pictures of bodybuilders. There are hundreds of thousands of bodybuilders in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones throughout history. 

This list includes bodybuilding icons like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno - some of the most famous male bodybuilders, and probably the two most famous bodybuilders ever, icons of when this "muscle sport" got its prominence in the 1970s. Photos on this list tend to be from the "classic period" of a given bodybuilder. Featuring white bodybuilders, black bodybuilders, and modern day bodybuilders, this list has many familiar names of the bodybuilding world. 

While this isn't a list of all male bodybuilders who have competed professionally, it does represent who the best male bodybuilders are.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Bodybuilders
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Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-born American actor, model, producer, director, activist, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, former professional bodybuilder, and politician. Schwarzenegger served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011. Schwarzenegger ...more

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Age: 68

Birthplace: Thal, Austria

Nationality: United States of America, Austria

Profession: Bodybuilder, Television director, Businessperson, Politician Investor, + more

Credits: The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, Pumping Iron

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Lou Ferrigno is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Bodybuilders
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Louis Jude "Lou" Ferrigno is an American actor, fitness trainer/consultant, and retired professional bodybuilder. As a bodybuilder, Ferrigno won an IFBB Mr. America title and two consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles, and appeared in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron. As an actor, he is best ...more

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Age: 64

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Bodybuilder, Actor, Personal trainer, Voice acting

Credits: The Incredible Hulk, The Incredible Hulk, Hulk, Pumping Iron

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Bob Paris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Bodybuilders
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Bob Paris is an American-Canadian writer, actor, public speaker, civil rights activist and former professional bodybuilder. Paris was the 1983 NPC American National and IFBB World Bodybuilding Champion, Mr. Universe. ...more

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Age: 56

Birthplace: Columbus, Indiana, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Bodybuilder, Model, Actor, Writer

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Tony Atlas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Bodybuilders
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Anthony White better known by his ring name Tony Atlas is an American bodybuilder, powerlifter, and professional wrestler who has held multiple titles and championships in each sport. He is also known by his bodybuilding title, "Mr. USA", the nom de guerre the "Black Superman", as well as an alter ...more

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Age: 71

Birthplace: Roanoke, Virginia, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Bodybuilder, Wrestler

Credits: WWE Superstars, WCW WorldWide, Giants, Midgets Heroes & Villains, + more

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#52 on The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s

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Mickey Hargitay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Bodybuilders
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Miklós "Mickey" Hargitay was a Hungarian-American actor and Mr. Universe 1955. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Hargitay moved to the United States in 1947, where he eventually became a citizen. He was married to Jayne Mansfield, and is the father of actress Mariska Hargitay. During their marriage, ...more

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Age: Died at 80 (1926-2006)

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Nationality: United States of America, Hungary, Kingdom of Hungary

Profession: Bodybuilder, Actor

Credits: Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, Bloody Pit of Horror, Sheriff Won't Shoot, Cjamango Mr. Universe, + more

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Ronnie Coleman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Male Bodybuilders
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Ronnie Dean Coleman is an American professional bodybuilder who holds eight straight wins as Mr. Olympia and widely regarded as the greatest bodybuilder of all time, a record career total that he shares with Lee Haney. Alongside his eight Mr. Olympia wins as a professional bodybuilder, he holds the ...more

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Age: 51

Birthplace: Bastrop, Louisiana, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Bodybuilder

Credits: Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back, The Battle for the Olympia III: 1998, The Battle for the Olympia I: 1996, The Battle for the Olympia IV: 1999 Ronnie Coleman: The Unbelievable, + more

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Jay Cutler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Bodybuilders
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Jason Isaac "Jay" Cutler is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder. He is a four time Mr. Olympia winner. ...more

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Age: 42

Birthplace: Sterling, Massachusetts, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Bodybuilder

Credits: The Battle for the Olympia IV: 1999, Battle for the Olympia V: 2000, Jay Cutler: From Jay to Z

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Dexter Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Male Bodybuilders
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Dexter "The Blade" Jackson is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder and the 2008 Mr. Olympia bodybuilding champion. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida. ...more

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Florida, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Bodybuilder

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