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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.”

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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
1Inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
2Appeared 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.
3Is in the Guinness Book of World Records for blowing up a hot water bottle by just blowing into it.
4Trained Sylvester Stallone for Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985).
5Is a highly respected chiropractor in Southern California.
6During 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.
7Credited as director of movie within a movie in Last Action Hero (1993) starring his friend Schwarzenegger.
8Was best man at Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver's wedding in April 1986.
9Arnold Schwarzenegger training Partner.
10Bodybuilding Titles: 1976 Mr. Olympia 1981 Mr. Olympia


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
One More Round2015Trainer
Dreamland: La terra dei sogni2011Frank Graziani
Ancient Warriors2003Aldo Paccione
Doublecross on Costa's Island1997Enrico Costa
Taken Alive1995Enrico Costa
Desperate Crimes1993Nerescu
Beretta's Island1993Franco Armando Beretta
Tales from the Crypt1990TV SeriesDoctor's Assistant
Big Top Pee-wee1988Otto the Strongman (as Franco Columbo)
Last Man Standing1987Batty
The Running Man1987911 Security Officer #2
The Terminator1984Future Terminator
Conan the Barbarian1982Pictish Scout
The Streets of San Francisco1977TV SeriesSan Francisco Contest Builder #6
Stay Hungry1976Franco Orsini (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ancient Warriors2003producer
Doublecross on Costa's Island1997producer
Taken Alive1995producer
Desperate Crimes1993executive producer
Beretta's Island1993producer
City of Shadows1987executive producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe1990executive in charge of production
Death Before Dishonor1987body building coach
Rambo: First Blood Part II1985body building coach
Getting Physical1984TV Movie technical advisor

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
End of Days1999utility stunts - as Dr. Franco Columbo
Solomon1997TV Movie stunt coordinator
Eraser1996stunts

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Taken Alive1995
Beretta's Island1993

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doublecross on Costa's Island1997

Production Manager

Production Manager

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Baby on Board1992executive in charge of production

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Raw Iron: The Making of 'Pumping Iron'2002TV Movie documentary special thanks - as Franco Columbo
Iron and Beyond2002Video documentary short special thanks - as Franco Columbo

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rocky IV: le coup de poing américain2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Muscle Beach Then and Now2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Why We Train2008DocumentaryHimself
Raw Iron: The Making of 'Pumping Iron'2002TV Movie documentaryHimself - Mr. Olympia 1981
Hollywood Salutes Arnold Schwarzenegger: An American Cinematheque Tribute1998TV SpecialHimself
Don Rickles: Rickles on the Loose1986TV MovieHimself
Getting Physical1984TV MovieHimself
The Comeback1980DocumentaryHimself
The Hustler of Muscle Beach1980TV MovieHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1979TV SeriesHimself - Bodybuilder
Pumping Iron1977DocumentaryHimself
ABC's Wide World of Sports1976TV SeriesHimself - Contestant

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