Many of the younger set may not even recognize the name Lou Ferrigno, but this guy was the Hulk before the Hulk was as cool as he is today. A painted Ferrigno once graced the television screen in The Incredible Hulk TV series for five seasons. And though he didn’t get any lines (aside from some grunting and growling), he did get to smash things up and throw people around a bit.
Now that the former Mr. Universe has been replaced by bigger and badder CGI effects, he has moved on to other things. Aside from a 7-year run on CBS’s “The King of Queens,” Ferrigno has been working on a number of other celebrity undertakings. He’s also been spending some of his free time fighting crime.
As of Friday last week, Ferrigno is officially a reserve deputy with the San Luis Obispo County Sherriff’s Office. This is not the first time he’s decided to battle criminals without green paint on his skin, however. He has been a reserve deputy for the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department since 2006.
Ferrigno’s father was a Lieutenant with the New York Police Department and instilled a certain amount of respect for law enforcement officers in his son. In a sense, Ferrigno is following in his father’s footsteps.
His goals now are to spend as much time as he can bouncing between the two departments and helping put bad guys away. So, he’s still kinda like the Hulk, wandering the Earth looking for villains to combat, but now he just does it in a small section of Southern California and wears a uniform instead of green make-up. Probably a little more comfortable at least.
Source: SanLuisObispo Tribune with special thanks Nerd Bastard reader Geoff O’Quest for the tip