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Famous Male Bodybuilders

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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. There are hundreds 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.

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


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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: age 68
    • Birthplace: Thal, Austria
    • Profession: Bodybuilder, Television director, Businessperson, Politician, Investor, + more
    • Credits: Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Terminator, Predator, Batman & Robin, Total Recall, + more
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    Lou Ferrigno
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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: age 64
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Bodybuilder, Actor, Personal trainer, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, Hulk, The King of Queens, I Love You, + more
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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: age 56
    • Birthplace: Columbus, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Bodybuilder, Model, Actor, Writer
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    Tony Atlas
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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 ego ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Roanoke, Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Bodybuilder, Wrestler
    • Credits: WWE Superstars, WCW WorldWide, Giants, Midgets, Heroes & Villains, + more
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    Mickey Hargitay
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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, Hargitay ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1926-2006)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, 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
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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: age 51
    • Birthplace: Bastrop, Louisiana, 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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    Art Atwood was an American IFBB professional heavyweight bodybuilder.more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1973-2011)
    • Birthplace: Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Bodybuilder
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    Jay Cutler
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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: age 42
    • Birthplace: Sterling, Massachusetts, 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 "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: age 46
    • Birthplace: Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Bodybuilder
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    Sergio Oliva was a bodybuilder known as "The Myth". This sobriquet was arguably given to him by bodybuilder/writer Rick Wayne but Oliva himself has doubted this claim. Supposedly Wayne had begun calling Oliva "The Myth" "".more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1941-2012)
    • Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
    • Profession: Bodybuilder
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    Steve Reeves
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    Stephen L. Reeves was an American bodybuilder and actor. At the peak of his career, he was the highest-paid actor in Europe.more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1926-2000)
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, Montana, United States of America
    • Profession: Bodybuilder, Author, Actor
    • Credits: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hercules Unchained, Duel of the Titans, Jail Bait, Hercules, + more
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    Frank Zane is an American former professional bodybuilder and teacher.more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Kingston, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Bodybuilder, Actor, Teacher
    • Credits: The Hustler of Muscle Beach
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    Franco Columbu
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    Franco Columbu is an Italian actor, former champion bodybuilder and World's Strongest Man competitor.more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Ollolai, Italy
    • Profession: Bodybuilder, Chiropractor, Stunt Performer, Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: The Terminator, Conan the Barbarian, Big Top Pee-wee, Ancient Warriors, Beretta's Island, + more
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    Kenneth "Flex" Wheeler is a retired American IFBB professional bodybuilder. He won the Arnold Classic a then-record four times and was once described by Arnold Schwarzenegger as one of the greatest bodybuilders he had ever seen. Ronnie Coleman said that Flex Wheeler was the best bodybuilder he competed ...more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Fresno, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Bodybuilder
    • Credits: The Battle for the Olympia I: 1996, The Battle for the Olympia IV: 1999, Battle for the Olympia V: 2000
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    Dorian Andrew Mientjez Yates is an English professional bodybuilder. He won the Mr. Olympia title six consecutive times from 1992 and holds the fourth-highest number of Mr. Olympia awards of all time, ranking behind Ronnie Coleman, Lee Haney, and Arnold Schwarzenegger respectively. He is widely ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Walmley, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Bodybuilder
    • Credits: The Battle for the Olympia I: 1996
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    Lee Haney is an American former IFBB professional bodybuilder. Haney is the joint record holder, along with the Greatest of All-time Ronnie Coleman, for winning the most Mr. Olympia titles, with eight.more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Fairburn, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Bodybuilder
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    Branch Warren
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    Branch Warren is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder. He won the Arnold Classic in 2011 and 2012.more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Tyler, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Bodybuilder
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    Jim Morris is an actor.more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Profession: Bodybuilder, Actor
    • Credits: Sextette, The Champagne Safari
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    Dennis Wolf is a German IFBB professional bodybuilder, and the 2014 Arnold Classic champion.more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan
    • Profession: Bodybuilder
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    Matthew Rush is a bi-racial American gay pornographic film actor, magazine model, and a bodybuilder and personal trainer. He has competed at the Gay Games in Amsterdam and Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Rush was under a lifetime exclusive pornographic career contract with Falcon Studios that ended ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: USA, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Bodybuilder, Pornographic actor
    • Credits: Another Gay Movie, L.A. Zombie, Good As Gold, The Velvet Mafia: Part 1, Playing with Fire: 4 Alarm, + more
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