Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947 and as this is being written he is 68 years of age. Lou Ferrigno was born on November 9, 1951 and is currently 64. Lou has always lived in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s shadow and nothing exemplifies that more than what I am currently seeing as I type this in html code with spell check on. I typed “Schwarzenegger” correctly and the spell check responds by doing nothing because it recognizes the word and knows that its spelled correctly. The word “Ferrigno”, on the other hand, is underlined in red because spell check doesn’t even recognize it as a word so it assumes that it is spelled incorrectly. Check out the red underline under Ferrigno:
If you are unfamiliar with the indignities Lou Ferrigno has suffered under the shadow of Schwarzenegger, look no further than the movie Pumping Iron. If you need more examples then compare Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 7 Mr. Olympia titles to Lou Ferrigno’s zero. Contrast Arnold Schwarzenegger’s twenty million dollar a movie salary to Lou Ferrigno’s $20 an autograph at comic book conventions. Schwarzenegger was Governor of the entire state of California. Lou Ferrigno was a reserve deputy with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. Lou Ferrigno has three children and Arnold responded by having five.
However, there is something that has been happening for a while but is becoming more pronounced. Lou Ferrigno is aging better. Not only that but Ferrigno looks cooler now than he did when he was younger. The opposite is true for Schwarzenegger. Refer here to pics from Lou’s new movie Instant Death: http://www.builtreport.com/lou-ferrignos-instant-death/
Look at the accompanying picture of Ferrigno shaking hands with Samuel L. Jackson. Lou is 64 years old and has the skin and build of a decades younger man. He seems to also have maintained his height. Schwarzenegger, on the other hand, looks to be about 5’11 and appears very different than he did when he was younger. Based on what Schwarzenegger looked like in the 1970s you could never have predicted that he would look like he looks now.
Will Lou eventually come out from beneath Arnold’s shadow or has he already by keeping father time at bay? Time will tell but Arnold may have some aces up his sleeve. There are many medical advances along the horizon, not least of which is stem cell therapy. Schwarzenegger has the money to undergo any cutting edge treatments he wishes. He might yet overturn Lou’s edge in the youthfulness department. Who knows, but check out Arnold’s 2015 remake of the bar scene in Terminator 2. The video below it is a side by side comparison of the original scene in 1991 vs the 2015 remake for WWE Superstars WWE 2K16 video game.