Here’s how The Incredible Hulk actor became an honorary Hamilton Police officer


Published October 3, 2023 at 10:30 am

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The actor behind The Incredible Hulk became an honorary Hamilton Police officer nearly 10 years ago.

Lou Ferrigno, who played the muscular, green, crime-fighting superhero in the 1970s and 80s, was sworn-in on Oct. 3, 2014.

Hamilton Police Const. Greg Slack was reportedly behind the move to get Ferrigno an honorary police officer. It was part of the Crime Stoppers Be A Hero campaign, which works to stamp out crime and bullying.

Ferrigno was active in anti-bulling campaigns and happened to be in the city back in 2014 for the second annual Hamilton Comic Convention at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

He was happy to receive the honour in a swearing in ceremony by former Chief Glenn De Claire at Hamilton Police Central Station on Oct. 3, 2014. He received the honorary constable badge number 8477.

“I was always fascinated with law enforcement, because it’s all about protecting life and property,” Ferrigno told CBC News back in 2014.

Ferrigno also holds honorary deputy status in many cities in the U.S. And he reportedly did some real police work in the U.S.

The status with Hamilton Police was symbolic and he hasn’t been involved in policing in the city.

Ferrigno, who is also a well-known bodybuilder, rose to fame in 1977 when he starred in the series The Incredible Hulk until 1982, according to IMDb. He reprised the role in the movie The Incredible Hulk Returns in 1988.

The television show and movie were based on the comic books created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby first published by Marvel Comics in 1962.

The story revolves around Dr. Robert Bruce Banner, a physically weak and shy physicist. After accidental exposure to gamma rays, Banner is physically transformed into the Hulk when subjected to emotional stress.

In real life, Ferrigno, born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1951, had an ear infection as a child, which left him with permanent partial hearing loss, according to IMDB.

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