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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. 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.


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    Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (; German: [ˈaɐ̯nɔlt ˈʃvaɐ̯tsn̩ˌʔɛɡɐ]; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American politician, actor, filmmaker, and former professional bodybuilder. He served as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011. Schwarzenegger began lifting weights 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, remaining a prominent presence in bodybuilding and writing many books and articles on the sport. The Arnold Sports Festival, considered the second most important professional bodybuilding event in recent years, is named after him. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time,...  more
    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: Thal, Austria
    • Gender: Male
    • Nationality: Austria, United States of America
    • Profession: Bodybuilder, Television director, Businessperson, Politician, Investor
    • Credits: The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, Pumping Iron

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  • Louis Jude Ferrigno (; born November 9, 1951) is an American actor, fitness trainer, fitness 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 his title 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: 68
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Gender: Male
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Alternative Name: Lou Ferrigno
    • Profession: Bodybuilder, Actor, Personal trainer, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Incredible Hulk, The Incredible Hulk, Hulk, Pumping Iron

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    Bob Paris (born Robert Clark Paris on December 14, 1959) is a Canadian-American writer, actor, public speaker, civil rights activist, and former professional bodybuilder. Paris was the 1983 NPC American National and IFBB World Bodybuilding Champion....  more
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Columbus, Indiana
    • Gender: Male
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Bodybuilder, Model, Actor, Writer
  • Anthony White (born April 23, 1954) 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" (a distinction he earned three times), 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: 76
    • Gender: Male
    • Profession: Bodybuilder, Wrestler
    • Credits: WWE Superstars, WCW WorldWide, Giants, Midgets, Heroes & Villains

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