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Franco Columbu

Biography

Five-foot-five bodybuilder who was simply a two-time Mr. Olympia, competed within the World’s Strongest Guy, and made an appearance in “The Terminator” because the upcoming terminator. He was an amateur boxer we were young before engaging in bodybuilding. He was informed he would under no circumstances walk again following a brutal calf injury within the 1977 World’s Strongest Man refrigerator competition, but he returned and earned Mr. Olympia in 1981. He was created in Ollolai, Sardinia, Italy. Arnold Schwarzenegger earned Mr. Olympia the entire year before both of Columbu’s victories. He also acted alongside Schwarzenegger in “Conan the Barbarian” and “The Terminator.”

Quick Facts


Full Name Franco Columbu
Date Of Birth August 7, 1941
Place Of Birth Ollolai, Italy
Height 1.65 m
Profession Bodybuilder
Nationality American, Italian
Spouse Deborah Columbu
Parents Maria Grazia Columbu
Movies Pumping Iron, Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator, Big Top Pee-wee, Mafia Docks, Beretta's Island, Ancient Warriors, Taken Alive, Doublecross on Costa's Island
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1 Inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
2 Appeared on the sleeve of Grand Funk Railroad's 1974 album "All the Girls in the World Beware!!!" with fellow-bodybuilders Arnold Schwarzenegger and Frank Zane. Band member faces were cleverly superimposed on their muscle-bound bodies.
3 Is in the Guinness Book of World Records for blowing up a hot water bottle by just blowing into it.
4 Trained Sylvester Stallone for Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985).
5 Is a highly respected chiropractor in Southern California.
6 During the first ever "worlds strongest man" competition, he dislocated his knee during the refrigerator carring race. The scene was not edited for CBS and was shown and even instant replayed. During an interview immediately following the race (while lying on a stretcher) he claimed that they told him it was broken but he said being a chiropractor he knew it was just dislocated.
7 Credited as director of movie within a movie in Last Action Hero (1993) starring his friend Schwarzenegger.
8 Was best man at Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver's wedding in April 1986.
9 Arnold Schwarzenegger training Partner.
10 Bodybuilding Titles: 1976 Mr. Olympia 1981 Mr. Olympia


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
One More Round 2015 Trainer
Dreamland: La terra dei sogni 2011 Frank Graziani
Ancient Warriors 2003 Aldo Paccione
Doublecross on Costa's Island 1997 Enrico Costa
Taken Alive 1995 Enrico Costa
Desperate Crimes 1993 Nerescu
Beretta's Island 1993 Franco Armando Beretta
Tales from the Crypt 1990 TV Series Doctor's Assistant
Big Top Pee-wee 1988 Otto the Strongman (as Franco Columbo)
Last Man Standing 1987 Batty
The Running Man 1987 911 Security Officer #2
The Terminator 1984 Future Terminator
Conan the Barbarian 1982 Pictish Scout
The Streets of San Francisco 1977 TV Series San Francisco Contest Builder #6
Stay Hungry 1976 Franco Orsini (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ancient Warriors 2003 producer
Doublecross on Costa's Island 1997 producer
Taken Alive 1995 producer
Desperate Crimes 1993 executive producer
Beretta's Island 1993 producer
City of Shadows 1987 executive producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe 1990 executive in charge of production
Death Before Dishonor 1987 body building coach
Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 body building coach
Getting Physical 1984 TV Movie technical advisor

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
End of Days 1999 utility stunts - as Dr. Franco Columbo
Solomon 1997 TV Movie stunt coordinator
Eraser 1996 stunts

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Taken Alive 1995
Beretta's Island 1993

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doublecross on Costa's Island 1997

Production Manager

Production Manager

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Baby on Board 1992 executive in charge of production

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Raw Iron: The Making of 'Pumping Iron' 2002 TV Movie documentary special thanks - as Franco Columbo
Iron and Beyond 2002 Video documentary short special thanks - as Franco Columbo

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rocky IV: le coup de poing américain 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Muscle Beach Then and Now 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Why We Train 2008 Documentary Himself
Raw Iron: The Making of 'Pumping Iron' 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself - Mr. Olympia 1981
Hollywood Salutes Arnold Schwarzenegger: An American Cinematheque Tribute 1998 TV Special Himself
Don Rickles: Rickles on the Loose 1986 TV Movie Himself
Getting Physical 1984 TV Movie Himself
The Comeback 1980 Documentary Himself
The Hustler of Muscle Beach 1980 TV Movie Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1979 TV Series Himself - Bodybuilder
Pumping Iron 1977 Documentary Himself
ABC's Wide World of Sports 1976 TV Series Himself - Contestant

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