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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 began weight training at the age of 15. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent presence in bodybuilding and has written many books and articles on the sport. Schwarzenegger gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon. Schwarzenegger's breakthrough film was the sword-and-sorcery epic Conan ...more

Age: 70

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 known for portraying the titular role in the CBS television series The Incredible Hulk and vocally reprising the role in subsequent animated and computer-generated incarnations. He has also appeared in European-produced fantasy-adventures such as Sinbad of the Seven Seas and Hercules, and as himself in the sitcom The King of Queens and the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man. ...more

Age: 66

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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

Age: 58

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 ego named Saba Simba. He returned as an on screen manager for WWE, appearing on its now-defunct ECW brand. He re-signed with WWE in a Legends deal in mid-2012. ...more

Age: 73

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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