Ed Corney

Ed Corney
Ed Corney

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Ed Corney Biography

In the intricate tapestry of American bodybuilding, the luminescent figure of Edward Charles Corney emerges, a sculptor of physique, whose temporal sojourn spans from November 9, 1933, to January 1, 2019. This luminous journey encompasses an extraordinary odyssey, marked by triumphs in his third decade, culminating in the acclamation of Mr. Universe in 1972, an accolade that etched his name indelibly in the annals of bodybuilding lore. His visage graced the celluloid canvas of the 1977 bodybuilding docudrama, “Pumping Iron,” a cinematic testament to his prowess, wherein he mesmerized audiences with his superlative posing routines, a distinctive choreography that spoke volumes of his mastery.

Born amidst the balmy embrace of Honolulu, within the then Territory of Hawaii, Corney’s formative years unfolded against a backdrop of diverse experiences. Post his 1952 graduation from the Saint Louis School, a crucible of learning, he undertook a four-year tenure in the United States Coast Guard. The subsequent chapters of his narrative unfolded in the crucible of California, where he transitioned from the meticulous realm of aviation radio mechanics in Oakland to the realm of nocturnal proprietorship, presiding over a bar’s labyrinthine milieu as both owner and bouncer in San Jose.

The genesis of Corney’s bodybuilding odyssey was traced to the sprightly age of 27, sparked by the chiseled physiques adorning an opposing volleyball team comprised of bodybuilders. Standing at a modest 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 meters), Corney’s ascendancy was meteoric, securing victory in his inaugural foray into competition with the conquest of Mr. Fremont 1967 at the age of 33. The ensuing years witnessed an orchestration of victories, a symphony of titles that included Mr. Heart of California, Mr. Northern California, Mr. Westerner, and Mr. Golden West, all crescendoing in a harmonious ascent up the echelons of bodybuilding distinction.

The 1970s marked a zenith in Corney’s career as he ascended to pinnacles, clinching victories in prestigious competitions such as the 1970 Iron Man, the 1971 AAU Mr. California, the 1971 IFBB Mr. USA, and the crowning achievement of the IFBB Mr. Universe title in the crucible of Baghdad, Iraq, in 1972. The cinematic realm was not immune to his magnetic presence, as he made an indelible mark in the documentary “Pumping Iron,” a cinematic ballet where his disciplined posing routines resonated with aesthetic finesse, drawing forth admiration even from the preeminent Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In the reflective corridors of the 1980s, Corney’s commitment to his craft endured, buoyed by a candid acknowledgment of steroid usage that did not eclipse the fundamental tenet of his success— a dedication underscored by the alchemy of 97 percent training and a mere three percent steroids. His sustained commitment reached its zenith in the 1990s, triumphing in the 60+ division of the Masters Olympia in 1994 and 1995, while persisting as a formidable contender in subsequent years.

The narrative, however, encounters somber hues in the latter chapters of Corney’s existence. A resilient spirit manifested post-heart attack during shoulder surgery in 1999, endured not only the physical onslaught but also the tumultuous aftermath of two strokes. The denouement of his extraordinary life transpired on January 1, 2019, a day marking the cessation of his earthly journey at the age of 85 in Manteca, California. In the wake of his departure, a poignant elegy from former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger echoes in the digital realm, encapsulating Corney’s legacy as a paragon of posing prowess, a cherished training companion, and an inspiration that transcends the temporal confines of bodybuilding history.

Ed Corney Bodybuilding Competition History


Mr California – AAU, 5th
Mr Northern California – AAU, Winner


Mr Western America – AAU, Winner


Mr America – AAU, 11th
Mr California – AAU, Most Muscular, 2nd
Mr California – AAU, Did not place
Iron Man, Winner


Mr America – AAU, 4th
Mr America – IFBB, Short, 1st
Mr California – AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
Mr California – AAU, Winner
Mr USA – IFBB, Short, 1st
Mr USA – IFBB, Overall Winner
Universe – IFBB, Medium, 3rd


Mr America – IFBB, Short, 1st
Mr America – IFBB, Overall Winner
Mr International – IFBB, Short, 1st
Universe – IFBB, Medium, 1st
Universe – IFBB, Overall Winner


Mr World – IFBB, Medium, 1st


Mr International – IFBB, Short, 1st
Mr World – IFBB, Short, 1st


Olympia – IFBB, LightWeight, 2nd
Universe – Pro – IFBB, 2nd
World Pro Championships – IFBB, LightWeight, 2nd


Olympia – IFBB, LightWeight, 3rd


Olympia – IFBB, LightWeight, 2nd
Olympia – IFBB, 3rd


Night of Champions – IFBB, 4th
Olympia – IFBB, LightWeight, 4th
Olympia – IFBB, 7th


Canada Pro Cup – IFBB, Did not place
Florida Pro Invitational – IFBB, 7th
Grand Prix Pennsylvania – IFBB, Did not place
Night of Champions – IFBB, 8th
Olympia – IFBB, LightWeight, 9th
Pittsburgh Pro Invitational – IFBB, 8th
Universe – Pro – IFBB, 5th
World Pro Championships – IFBB, 5th


Grand Prix Miami – IFBB, 6th
Grand Prix Pennsylvania – IFBB, 6th
Night of Champions – IFBB, 4th
Olympia – IFBB, 11th
Pittsburgh Pro Invitational – IFBB, 6th
Universe – Pro – IFBB, Did not place
World Pro Championships – IFBB, Did not place


Olympia – IFBB, 13th


Olympia – IFBB, 14th


Superbowl of Bodybuilding – PBA, 4th


Olympia – Masters – IFBB, Masters 60+, 1st
Olympia – Masters – IFBB, 10th


Olympia – Masters – IFBB, Masters 60+, 1st
Olympia – Masters – IFBB, 11th


Olympia – Masters – IFBB, 11th


Olympia – Masters – IFBB, Masters 60+, 2nd


Arnold Classic – IFBB, Masters, 10th

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