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Franco Columbu

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Weight  88 kg (194 lb)
Spouse  Deborah Columbu (m. 1990)
Height  1.65 m

Role  Actor
Name  Franco Columbu
Parents  Maria Grazia Columbu
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Nickname  The Sardinian Strongman
Born  August 7, 1941 (age 74)Ollolai, Sardinia, Italy (1941-08-07)
Pro-debut  1968 Mr. Universe, 1968
Best win  IFBB Mr. Olympia 1976, 1981,
Predecessor  Arnold Schwarzenegger (1975, 1980)
Successor  Frank Zane (1977),Chris Dickerson (1982)
Books  Franco Columbu's Complete book of bodybuilding
Movies  The Terminator, Conan the Barbarian, Beretta's Island, Ancient Warriors, Big Top Pee‑wee
Similar People  Frank Zane, Sergio Oliva, Lou Ferrigno, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lee Haney

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Francesco Columbu (born in Ollolai, Sardinia, August 7, 1941) is an Italian actor, author, former champion bodybuilder and World's Strongest Man competitor.


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Columbu was born in Ollolai, Sardinia (Italy). Starting his athletic career as a boxer, Columbu progressed into Olympic Weightlifting, powerlifting, and later bodybuilding, winning the title of Mr. Olympia in 1976 and 1981. At 5'4", though shorter than most of his competitors, his height did not prevent him from achieving widespread success.

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In 1977, Columbu competed in the first World's Strongest Man competition, placing fifth in overall points; a remarkable outing, considering Franco weighed much less than the other competitors. He was forced to drop from competition due to an injury. While leading the "refrigerator race", a downhill race while wearing a heavy, unwieldy refrigerator strapped to the racer's back, Franco stumbled and collapsed with a grotesquely dislocated leg, and aired on national television. After a court settlement, he received a reported $1 million in compensation for his injury. After Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback victory in the 1980 Mr. Olympia, Franco followed suit and won the 1981 Mr. Olympia.

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Columbu is a longtime friend of Schwarzenegger, whom he met in Stuttgart in 1965 and against whom he competed in several international-level bodybuilding competitions. For the Mr. Olympia competitions however, he competed in the under-200 lb (90.7 kg) category, whereas Schwarzenegger was in the over-200 lb category. The IFBB has since abandoned weight classes. Arnold and Franco were inseparable friends and training partners during the late 60s to mid-1970s. Columbu served as Schwarzenegger's best man at his wedding to Maria Shriver in 1986. Columbu and Schwarzenegger had been encouraged to come to America by bodybuilding guru Joe Weider in 1969; Weider sponsored them with an $80/week stipend. They arrived in America and began a bricklaying and patio business called European Brick Works in 1969.

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Since 1969, Franco Columbu was considered one of the world's strongest men. He held a number of powerlifting world records. He performed a strongman act of breaking a hot water bottle by inflating it orally, lifting vehicles onstage while another performer changed a tire, and deadlifted over 320 kg (700 lbs).

He designed a comprehensive men's workout in 1988 to flatten the stomach, narrow the waist, and eliminate love handles. As a chiropractor and a weightlifter, his career parallels Karyn Marshall using chiropractic therapy to train for competitions.

Acting career

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His TV appearances include The Streets of San Francisco (1977), and Dead Lift with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and TV commercials, most notably Vitalis ("the pump"). In the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Last Action Hero, the words "A Franco Columbu film" appear on the screen at the beginning of Jack Slater IV (a film within the film) as a tribute to Columbu. The "Columbu Terminator" features as a boss character in the Terminator 3 video game.


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Columbu is a qualified chiropractor, with a DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) from the Cleveland Chiropractic College in 1977. In 2004, Columbu was ordered by the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners to stop claiming he had a Ph.D. in nutrition on his letterhead.

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In February 2006, Columbu was appointed to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in what was later described as a "coup". Columbu's tenure on the Board ended in January 2014.

Bodybuilding titles

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  • 1966: Mr. Europe, 4th
  • 1968: NABBA Mr. Universe (Most Muscular)
  • 1969: IFBB Mr. Europe (Medium)
  • 1969: NABBA Mr. Universe (Most Muscular)
  • 1969: NABBA Mr. Universe (Short)
  • 1969: IFBB Mr. Universe (Short)
  • 1970: IFBB Mr. Europe (Short & Overall)
  • 1970: AAU Mr. World (Pro Short)
  • 1970: IFBB Mr. World (Short)
  • 1970: IFBB Mr. Universe (Short & Overall)
  • 1971: IFBB Mr. Universe (Short & Overall) *Disqualified for selling bodybuilding booklets - considered as a professional*
  • 1971: IFBB Mr. World (Short & Overall)
  • 1974 Mr. Olympia (Lightweight)
  • 1975 Mr. Olympia (Lightweight)
  • 1976 Mr. Olympia (Lightweight & Overall)
  • 1981 Mr. Olympia
  • Powerlifting titles

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  • Champion of Italy
  • Champion of Germany
  • Champion of Europe
  • World's Strongest Man competition

  • 1977: World strongest man, 5th place (after becoming injured)
  • Powerlifting Best Lifts

  • Bench press 525 Lbs / 238 kg
  • Squat (exercise) 655 Lbs / 297 kg
  • Deadlift 750 Lbs / 340.2 kg (in some training sessions he was reported to have lifted over 780 Lbs / 353.8 kg, all at a bodyweight of 185 Lbs / 83.9 kg)
  • Boxing

  • Amateur Boxing Champion of Italy
  • Extra

  • 2009: Arnold Classic Lifetime Achievement Award
  • References

    Franco Columbu Wikipedia