70’s Bodybuilding Stars

Richard Baldwin (Born: 2/21/47)

Comments: “Richard had one of the most pleasing physiques around in his day. Everything fit together just so and because of his structural superiority he was able to compete at a relatively light bodyweight.”

Titles Won:
1971 AAU Mr. Southern States
1972 AAU Mr. Texas
1975 AAU Mr. Southeastern USA
1978 AAU Mr. Florida
1978 AAU Mr. USA (Medium)
1980 AAU Mr. America (Middleweight)
1988 NPC Southern States (Middleweight)

Height: 5’8″ Weight: 185 lbs.

Samir Bannout “The Lion of Lebanon” (Born: 11/7/55 )

Comments: “When Samir won the Olympia in ’83 he was nearly perfect. Every bodypart was in proportion to the others, he was dry as a bone, his coloring was ideal, and his posing, as always, was sensational. A worthy winner!”

Titles Won:
1979 IFBB Best in the World (Amateur)
1979 IFBB World Championships (Lt Hvy)
1983 IFBB Mr. Olympia
1985 WABBA World Championship
1986 WABBA World Championship
1990 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Invitational

Height: 5’8″ Weight: 210 lbs.

Albert Beckles “Albert ‘Peak’ Beckles” (Born: 7/14/30)

Comments: “The man is amazing. Albert didn’t start training until his early 30’s but made up for lost time in a big way. He’s won titles in four decades and came a hair’s breadth from taking the 1985 Mr. Olympia. He had some of the best peaked biceps ever. Presently Albert is an IFBB judge.”

Titles Won:
1967 NABBA Mr. Universe (Medium)
1970 NABBA Mr. Britain
1970 Mr. Europe
1971 NABBA Mr. Britain
1971 AAU Mr. World
1971 IFBB Mr. Universe
1973 IFBB Mr. Europe
1981 IFBB New England Grand Prix
1982 IFBB Night of Champions
1982 IFBB Pro World Championships
1984 IFBB Canada Pro Cup
1984 IFBB World Grand Prix
1984 IFBB Pro World Championships
1985 IFBB Night of Champions
1991 IFBB Niagara Falls Pro Invitational

Height: 5’7″ Weight: 218 lbs.

Bob Birdsong (Born: 1948)

Comments: “Although all of his wins came in the 70’s, Bob competed successfully until 1989. He was known for having great overall development. In fact, when Arnold commentated ABC’s coverage of the 1984 Pro World Championships (at which Bob placed 4th) he used Bob to illustrate the muscles being judged. Bob is featured in the book Pumping Iron.”

Titles Won:
1973 AAU Mr. Los Angeles
1973 Mr. Pacific Coast
1974 IFBB Mr. America
1975 IFBB Pro Mr. Universe
1975 IFBB Pro World Championships

Height: 5’8″ Weight: 212 lbs.

John Brown 

Comments: “John has incredible genetics– very wide shoulders, tiny waist, flaring thighs. Plus he was the most inventive poser in the history of bodybuilding with a routine that would sometimes approach ten minutes in length! As a coach he mentored Shawn Ray, Vic Richards, Vince Taylor, Melvin Anthony, and a host of others.”

Titles Won:
1976 AAU Teen Mr. Los Angeles
1978 NPC Orange County Classic
1979 AAU Mr. Western America
1979 AAU Jr. Mr. America (Tall)
1980 WABBA World Championships (Tall)
1981 NABBA Mr. Universe
1981 WABBA World Championships
1982 NABBA Mr. Universe
1982 WABBA World Championships (Tall)

Born: Height: 6′ Weight: 230 lbs.

Andreas Cahling (Born: 1953)

Comments: “Andreas was a junior national freestyle wrestling and judo champion in his native Sweden before taking to bodybuilding. After winning the 1980 Mr. Internationsl he became a staple of bodybuilding magazine covers.

Titles Won:
1976 Mr. Venice Beach
1980 IFBB Mr. International

Height: 5’9″ Weight: 210 lbs.

Roger Callard 

Comments: “Roger was a regular at Gold’s Gym Venice in the 70’s. He can be seen tossing a football with Ken Waller and Robby Robinson in Pumping Iron. His looks and personality have afforded him a career as a working actor in Hollywood.”

Titles Won:
1974 IFBB Mr. Western America (Medium)
1975 ABBA Mr. USA (Medium)
1977 IFBB Mr. America (Middleweight)
1978 IFBB Mr. International (Middleweight)

Height: 5’9″ Weight: 198 lbs.

Roy Callender (Born: 8/24/40)

Comments: “Like Al Beckles, Roy is from Barbados. Roy was incredibly thick and well balanced. He hit his all time best at the 1981 Mr. Olympia when he was 41. Many felt he should have won the show that night.”

Titles Won:
1977 CBBF Canadian Championships
1977 IFBB Mr. International (Hvywt)
1977 IFBB Mr. Universe (Mdwt)
1978 IFBB Pro Universe
1979 IFBB Canada Diamond Pro Cup
1979 IFBB Vancouver Grand Prix
1979 IFBB Pro Universe
1979 IFBB Pro World Championships

Height: 5’8″ Weight: 220 lbs.

Boyer Coe “The Ragin’ Cajun” (Born: 8/18/46)

Comments: “Boyer had a huge career, winning an unprecedented SEVEN shows in 1981 alone, despite having unusual muscle bellies. His biceps were exceptional with a very visible split between the two heads.”

Titles Won:
1965 AAU Mr. Texas
1966 AAU Teen Mr. America
1968 AAU Jr. Mr. USA
1968 AAU Mr. America (Most Muscular)
1968 AAU Mr. USA (Most Muscular)
1969 AAU Jr. Mr. America
1969 AAU Mr. America
1969 NABBA Mr. Universe
1970 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe (Short)
1971 IFBB Mr. America (Medium)
1971 IFBB Mr. International
1971 WBBG Pro Mr. World
1972 WBBG Pro Mr. World
1973 WBBG Pro Mr. World
1973 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe
1974 WBBG Pro Mr. World
1975 WBBG Pro Mr. World
1975 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe
1975 PBBA Pro Mr. Universe

Height: 5’7″ Weight: 215 lbs.

Franco Columbu “The Sardinian Strongman” (Born: 8/7/41)

Comments: “Franco is one of the true legends of the sport having won two Mr. Olympias, a Universe, and a World. He was also one of the strongest bodybuilders to ever live with a 485 bench, 750 deadlift, and a 500+ squat– all at a bodyweight of 185 lbs. He won the 1981 Olympia after suffering a broken leg in the 1977 ‘World’s Strongest Man” competition. He is featured in Pumping Iron and has appeared in a number of movies, both with his friend Arnold and without.”

Titles Won:
1968 NABBA Mr. Universe (Most Muscular)
1969 IFBB Mr. Europe (Medium)
1969 IFBB Mr. Universe (Short)
1969 NABBA Mr. Universe (Short)
1969 NABBA Mr. Universe (Most Muscular)
1970 IFBB Mr. Europe
1970 AAU Mr. World (Pro Short)
1970 IFBB Mr. Universe
1971 IFBB Mr. World
1974 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Short)
1975 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Short)
1976 IFBB Mr. Olympia
1981 IFBB Mr. Olympia

Ed Corney (Born: 1933)

Comments: “Ed Corney is recognized as one of the greatest posers ever. He redefined that aspect of the sport more than 30 years ago. Ed, like Al Beckles, is one of those guys who kept improving as he aged and competed successfully into his mid-60’s. It is he, not Arnold, who is featured on the cover of the book ‘Pumping Iron’. He figures prominently in the film as well. In recent years Ed suffered a stroke whichproved only a minor setback as he continues to promote his own bodybuilding show, The Ed Corney Classic.”

Titles Won:
1970 Mr. Iron Man
1971 AAU Mr. California
1971 AAU Mr. California (Most Muscular)
1971 IFBB Mr. America (Short)
1971 IFBB Mr. USA
1972 IFBB Mr. America
1972 IFBB Mr. International (Short)
1972 IFBB Mr. Universe
1974 IFBB Mr. International (Short)
1974 IFBB Mr. World (Short)

John DeFendis (Born: 1958)

Comments: “John was a disciple of Steve Michalik and practiced his ‘Intensity or Insanity’ routine of 70+ sets per bodypart. Despite the impressive size he attained at the time of his Mr. USA win he grew even larger after competing. Now in his 60’s, John runs a successful personal training business in Florida.”

Titles Won:
1977 AAU Mr. New York City
1978 AAU Mr. Atlantic USA (Teen)
1983 NPC Western America Championships
1988 NPC USA Championships

Height: 5’8″ Weight: 225 lbs.

Greg DeFerro “Rocky” (Born: 6/7/53) 

Comments: “So named for his facial resemblance to Stallone, “Rocky” DeFerro brought incredible mass to the posing dais. While he usually overwhelmed his competition with his sheer mass it would also work against him as the judges of the early 80’s often looked for finer aesthetics. Despite only having one pro win to his credit he was always a contender for top honors, taking second at the Night of Champions in ’83 and at the World Pro Championships both in ’83 and ’84.”

Titles Won:
1979 IFBB Mr. International

Height: 5’8″ Weight: 225 lbs.

Chris Dickerson (Born: 8/25/39) 

Comments: “Chris was, and is, class defined. Not only by virtue of his beautifully polished physique, but by his graceful posing routine, his thoughtful writing on the subject of bodybuilding, and his overall demeanor onstage and off. Chris is also an accomplished opera singer and currently operates a successful personal training business in NYC. He was also the oldest Mr. Olympia ever, winning the title at 43 years of age.”

Titles Won:
1966 AAU Junior Mr USA
1966 AAU Junior Mr USA (Most Muscular)
1966 AAU Mr Atlantic Coast
1966 AAU Mr New York State
1967 AAU Mr California
1968 AAU Mr USA
1970 AAU Junior Mr. America
1970 AAU Junior Mr America (Most Muscular)
1970 AAU Mr America
1970 AAU Mr America (Most Muscular)
1970 NABBA Mr. Universe (Short)
1971 NABBA Mr. Universe (Short)
1973 WBBG Pro Mr. America
1973 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe
1974 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe
1979 IFBB Canada Pro Cup

Height:5’7″ Weight: 190 lbs.

Dave Draper “The Blond Bomber” (Born: 4/16/42)

Comments: “Dave was the prototype for the California muscleman of the late 60’s- early 70’s. Actually, Joe Weider brought Dave to Cali from his home in New Jersey to represent Weider products in virtually every ad of that time period.

Titles Won:
1965 IFBB Mr. America
1966 IFBB Mr. Universe
1970 IFBB Mr. World

Height: 6’0″ Weight: 225 lbs.

Lou Ferrigno (Born: 11/9/51)

Comments: “Lou was the biggest of the big, sporting 23″ arms and a 59” chest. He was also incredibly strong, benching 550 and, more amazingly because of his height, deadlifting 850! In addition to his success in bodybuilding he has forged a career in acting, starting with his appearance in Pumping Iron and including ‘The Incredible Hulk’ TV series and the remake of Hercules.”

Titles Won:
1971 WBBG Pro Teen Mr. America
1973 IFBB Mr. America
1973 IFBB Mr. Universe
1974 IFBB Mr. International
1974 IFBB Mr. Universe

Bertil Fox (Born: 11/9/51)

Comments: “When Bertil Fox came to the IFBB in 1981 he caused shockwaves through the IFBB pro ranks. He rivaled Sergio as the all-time mass king. A regular competitor through the 1980’s, he could never quite eke out a win in the IFBB.”

Titles Won:
1969 NABBA Jr. Mr. Britain
1970 NABBA Jr. Mr. Britain
1971 NABBA Jr. Mr. Britain
1971 Jr. Mr. Europe
1976 NABBA Mr. Britain
1976 AAU Mr. World
1976 AAU Mr. World (Most Muscular)
1977 NABBA Mr. Universe
1978 NABBA Mr. Universe
1979 NABBA Mr. Universe

Height: 5’10” Weight: 235 lbs.

Bill Grant 

Comments: “Bill had great lines. Because of this he looked taller and heavier than he actually was. While his calves were always a stubborn weakpoint his biceps were among the best ever. Although primarily an east coast guy, he can
be seen training at Gold’s Gym in the book
Pumping Iron.”

Titles Won:
1968 AAU Mr New Jersey
1972 WBBG Pro Mr. America
1974 IFBB Mr. International (Medium)
1974 IFBB Mr. World

Height: 5’9″ Weight: 195 lbs.

Paul Grant 

Comments: “Paul was extremely thick with tremendous thighs for the 1970’s. Can be seen taking third in the tall class of the 1975 Universe in ‘Pumping Iron’. Also a Gold’s regular in the mid-70’s.”

Titles Won:
1971 Mr. Europe
1972 NABBA Mr. Britain
1973 NABBA Mr. Universe (Tall)

Pete Grymkowski 

Comments: “Pete came out of Rochester, NY to take the bodybuilding world by storm with his unprecedented size. His shoulders were the widest around and he was a frequent ‘Most Muscular’ title winner during his amateur days. He partnered with Ed Connors and Tim Kimber to buy the original Gold’s Gym from Joe Gold in 1979.”

Titles Won:
1971 AAU Jr. Mr. USA
1972 AAU Jr. Mr. America
1977 IFBB Mr. America (Hvywt)
1977 IFBB Mr. World (Hvywt)

Height: 5’10” Weight: 241 lbs.

Dave Johns (Born: 1948)

Comments: “Although Dave never managed to get a professional win under his belt he always made waves on the competition stage by virtue of his sheer mass. Always a crowd favorite. Dave died of a rare disorder in 1986.”

Titles Won:
1974 AAU Jr. Mr. USA
1976 AAU Jr. Mr. America
1977 AAU Mr. America

Height: 5’9″ Weight: 215 lbs.

Mike Katz (Born: 1942)

Comments: “Big Mike provided the heart and soul of the movie Pumping Iron. He was always a fan favorite, especially when he hit his fraky ‘crab shot’. Today Mike is busy as an IFBB judge, contest promoter and owner of two World Gyms in Connecticut.”

Titles Won:
1970 IFBB Mr. America
1970 AAU Mr. East Coast
1971 IFBB Mr. World
1972 IFBB Mr. Universe (Tall)

Height: 6’1″ Weight: 240 lbs.

John Kemper (Born: 7/31/44)

Comments: “John’s physique graced numerous magazine covers throughout the 70’s and 80’s. His good looks and proportioned mass made this New Jersey native one of the most popular amateur competitors of all time. John is now a gym owner in his home state.”

Titles Won:
1974 AAU Mr. New Jersey
1978 AAU Physique
1981 AAU Mr. USA (Hvywt.)
1981 IFBB World Games (Hvywt.)
1983 NPC Jr. USA
1987 NPC Master’s Nationals

Height: 5’11” Weight: 195 lbs.

Dave Mastorakis (Born: 3/16/50)

Comments: “Dave was the epitome of strength, with his broad shoulders and ultra-thick development. He acquired much of it from HIT-style training with the brothers Mentzer. Much like Casey Viator in his genetic gifts, he was the youngest person ever to qualify to compete in the Mr. America contest– 15!”

Titles Won:
1976 Mr. New England
1977 IFBB Mr. East Coast
1978 AAU Jr. Mr. America (Short)
1979 AAU Mr. Atlantic Coast

Height: 5’5″ Weight: 180 lbs

Mike Mentzer “Mr. Heavy Duty” (Born: 11/15/51 Died: 6/9/01)

Comments: “Mike single-handedly changed the way bodybuilding is practiced with his ‘Heavy Duty’ concepts which turned conventional training on its ear. He was known for his incredible training intensity and what most of his peers considered to be the greatest physique of all time. His leg, forearm, and shoulder development still rank among the best of all time.”

Titles Won:
1976 IFBB Mr. America
1977 IFBB North American Championships
1978 IFBB USA vs. the World (Hvywt.)
1978 IFBB World Amateur Championships (Hvywt.)
1979 IFBB Florida Pro Invitational
1979 IFBB Southern Pro Cup
1979 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Hvywt.)

Height: 5’8″ Weight: 225 lbs.

Ray Mentzer (Born: 8/2/53 Died: 6/12/01)

Comments: “Although Ray was often thought of as Mike’s younger bodybuilder he was a formidable bodybuilder in his own right. His 1979 Mr. America win made him and Mike the only brothers to have won the title. Although he stopped competing in 1982 he continued to train as hard as ever and eventually surpassed Mike in size reaching a then-unheard-of 270 lbs. in the mid-80’s!”

Titles Won:
1976 Jr. Mr. America (Tall)
1978 IFBB Mr. USA
1979 AAU Mr. America

Height: 5’9″ Weight: 220 lbs

Steve Michalik “The Phantom” (Born: 1949)

Comments: “Steve originated the ‘Intensity or Insanity’ training principle which was the subject of controversy throughout the bodybuilding world. Only weeks before the 1977 Olympia Steve was an odds-on favorite to win, weighing 240 lbs. with a 27” waist, when a garbage truck backed over his car, crushing his spine and putting him in the hospital for several months. His ‘Mr. America’s’ gym was the NY home to numerous bodybuilding stars and both he and the gym played featured roles in the film Pumping Iron II and the book ‘Pumping Iron’.”

Titles Won:
1971 AAU Mr. Apollo
1971 AAU Mr. Apollo (Most Muscular)
1971 AAU Mr. USA
1972 AAU Mr. America
1975 NABBA Mr. Universe (Tall)

Height: 5’10” Weight: 210 lbs

Jim Morris (Born: 8/31/35)

Comments: “Jim’s physique was, and still is, marked by amazing lines and balance. He won the America by history’s widest margin still possesses the ideal physique ”

Titles Won:
1972 AAU Mr. USA
1973 AAU Mr. America
1974 WBBG Mr. International
1977 NABBA Universe (Tall)
1996 IFBB MAster’s Mr. Olympia
(Over 60)

Height: 5’10” Weight: 218 lbs.

Dale Adrian (born 1951)

Comments: “Dale is a California native and was always known for his excellent conditioning. In addition, he sported some of the best calves and abs on the amateur circuit in the 70’s.”

Titles Won:
1974 AAU Mr. Los Angeles
1975 AAU Mr. California
1975 AAU Mr. America

Height: 5’8″ Weight: 200 lbs

Pat Neve (Born: 1947)

Comments: “Although Pat was an excellent bodybuilder with good all-around development, he will always be known for his arms. With an almost impossibly long and full bicep and flaring triceps he was the ‘Best Arms’ winner in nearly every show he entered.”

Titles Won:
1972 AAU Mr. Western America
1974 AAU Mr. USA
1975 AAU Mr. America (Short)
1976 AAU Mr. America (Short)

Height: 5’6″ Weight: 185 lbs.

Serge Nubret 

Comments: “Serge had one of the most tailored physiques of all time. His wide shoulders tapered down to a miniscule waist which was supported by detailed, sweeping thighs. He had, to this day, the best abdominals ever. In his homeland of France Serge is a movie and television star. He was also featured in Pumping Iron.”

Titles Won:
1970 IFBB Mr. Eurpoe (Tall)
1976 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe
1977 WBBG Mr. Olympus
1977 WBBG Pro Mr. World
1983 WABBA Pro World Championships

Height: 6’0″ Weight: 212 lbs.

Danny Padilla “The Giant Killer” (Born: 4/3/51)

Comments: “At 5’2″ Danny is one of the shortest pro bodybuilders in history. Yet he routinely beat men half a foot taller and 40 lbs. heavier. The secret was in his excellent proportions. Danny didn’t have a single weak bodypart and often boasted the largest arms and calves onstage. Only water retention issues stood in the way of several IFBB wins. Many feel to this day that he is the uncrowned 1981 Mr. Olympia. Padilla lives in his hometown of Rochester, NY.”

Titles Won:
1975 ABBA Mr. USA
1976 IFBB Mr. America (Short)
1977 IFBB Mr. America
1977 IFBB Mr. Universe (Ltwt.)
1978 IFBB USA vs. The World (Ltwt.)

Height: 5’2″ Weight: 180 lbs.

Tony Pearson (Born: 1957)

Comments: “Tony had one of the greatest shoulder-to-waist ratios in the history of bodybuilding. Not only was he a successful bodybuilder in his own right, but he made an impact in the now-defunct mixed pairs sport during the early 80’s.”

Titles Won:
1978 AAU Mr. California (Short)
1978 AAU Jr. Mr. USA
1978 AAU Jr. Mr. America
1978 AAU Mr. America
1979 WBBG Mr. Olympus
1979 WBBG Pro Mr. World
1979 WABBA World Championships
1980 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe
1983 IFBB Denver Grand Prix

Lawrence Samuels (Born: July 11th, 1943)

Comments: “Larry Samuels was one of the great unsung bodybuilders of the mid-70’s. Possessing thickness and shape on par with national-level winners, he personified the East Coast bodybuilding aesthetic: Hard work, discipline and perseverence. He is quoted in the book Pumping Iron. Sadly, Larry Samuels passed prematurely, in 1986″

1973 MR. Novice Apollo Overall Winner (best arms, best chest)
1974 Mr. Apollo – AAU, Overall Winner
1974 Mr. North America – AAU
1975 Mr. East Coast – AAU, Medium, 1st
1975 Mr. Hercules
1975 Mr. Gotham
1975 Mr. Camden
1975 Mr. Atlantic Coast
1975 Mr. New York State
1975 Golden Triangle YMCA
Mr. Mid Eastern States – Best Arms

Arnold Schwarzenegger “The Austrian Oak” (Born: 7/30/47) 

Comments: “In the second-to-last scene of Pumping Iron Arnold is wearing a t-shirt with the words ‘Arnold is numero uno’ screened on the front. Truer words were never written. Arnold, more than any other bodybuilder, has transformed the image of bodybuilding from that of a sideshow activity to a mainstream avocation. While the arguments continue today as to whether he or Sergio or Haney or a more recent competitor had the best physique ever one thing is for sure– Arnold, by sheer force of will, made himself into the greatest bodybuilder ever.”

Titles Won:
1966 Mr. Europe
1967 NABBA Mr. Universe
1968 IFBB Mr. Universe (Tall)
1968 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe
1969 IFBB Mr. Europe
1969 IFBB Mr. International
1969 IFBB Mr. Universe
1969 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe
1970 AAU Mr. World
1970 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe
1970 IFBB Mr. Olympia
1971 IFBB Mr. Olympia
1972 IFBB Mr. Olympia

Height: 6’2″ Weight: 235 lbs.

C.F. Smith 

Comments: “C.F. was a big guy who sometimes trained with the Mentzers. He was known as a real wild child, one time even acting up onstage in an attempt to breathe some life into the competition. It worked. He was thrown out.”

Titles Won:
1977 AAU Mr. USA (Medium)

Kozo Sudo 

Comments: “Kozo was known for his tiny waist and proportionate structure. A graceful poser, Kozo proved that great lines can beat great mass when he edged Bertil Fox in the medium class at the 1976 Mr. Universe.”

Titles Won:
1975 NABBA Mr. Universe (Medium)
1976 NABBA Mr. Universe (Medium)

Kalman Szkalak (Born: 1/16/53)

Comments: “Kal was known for his incredibly thick upper body. His chest and arms rivalled Arnold’s. It was this mass that gave him the edge over Mentzer in the ’76 Universe. Many believe that if Kal had paid a bit more attention to his legs he may have added the ’78 Olympia title to his trophy wall.”

Titles Won:
1976 AAU Mr. California
1976 AAU Mr. America
1977 IFBB Mr. USA
1977 IFBB Mr. Universe (Hvywt.)

Casey Viator (Born: 1951)

Comments: “Like Boyer Coe, Casey is of Cajun lineage. By all accounts, Casey is one of the most genetically gifted bodybuilders of all time. With only a couple of years of lifting under his belt, Casey won the 1971 Mr. America at the age of 19, making him the youngest America winner in history. In May of 1973 Arthur Jones put Casey through the now-famous ‘Colorado Experiment’ in which Casey packed on 63 pounds of muscle and lost 18 pounds of fat in a four week span. And that was with a total of only 14 workouts performed!”

Titles Won:
1970 AAU Teen Mr. America
1970 AAU Teen Mr. America (Most Muscular)
1970 AAU Mr. USA
1970 AAU Mr. USA (Most Muscular)
1971 AAU Jr. Mr. America
1971 AAU Jr. Mr. America (Most Muscular)
1971 AAU Mr. America
1971 AAU Mr. America (Most Muscular)
1980 IFBB Louisiana Grand Prix
1980 IFBB Pennsylvania Grand Prix
1980 Pittsburgh Pro Invitational

Height: 5’9″ Weight: 220 lbs.

Ken Waller (Born: 3/20/42)

Comments: “While Ken was a dominant champion throughout the early 70’s, he may best be remembered as the ‘villain’ role he portrayed in Pumping Iron. Before bodybuilding Ken had played pro football in the Canadian League. Ken’s calf development still ranks among the all-time best.”

Titles Won:
1969 AAU Jr. Mr. USA
1969 AAU Jr. Mr. USA (Most Muscular)
1969 AAU Mr. USA
1969 AAU Mr. USA (Most Muscular)
1970 AAU Mr. World
1971 IFBB Mr. America
1971 IFBB Mr. International (Tall)
1971 NABBA Mr. Universe
1972 IFBB Mr. International
1973 IFBB Mr. World
1973 NABBA World Championships
1975 IFBB Mr. Universe
1976 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Tall)

Height: 6’0″ Weight: 230 lbs.

Jusup Wilkosz 

Comments: “Jusup was a favorite of the magazines in the early 80’s with his Mentzer-like mass and German heritage. He and German-speaking Arnold were training partners during Arnold’s 1980 comeback.”

Titles Won:
1979 German Championships
1979 IFBB World Amateur Championships
1980 IFBB Pro Mr. Universe
1980 IFBB World Pro Championships

Height: 6’0″ Weight: 220 lbs.

Scott Wilson 

Comments: “Scott’s combination of size, shape, and hardness made him a top competitor during the late 70’s and early 80’s. Today, Scott competes in the Master’s Olympia.”

Titles Won:
1974 AAU Mr. California
1976 WBBG Pro Mr. America
1981 IFBB Mr. International
1983 IFBB Portland Grand Prix

Frank Zane “The Chemist” (Born: 6/28/42)

Comments: “Frank Zane never played the mass game. While other bodybuilders were pushing to get past 200 lbs. Frank was content staying below 190. And what did he get for his perseverence? Only three Mr. Olympia titles. With beautiful aesthetics and a graceful yet strong posing routine, Frank Zane single-handedly turned the tide in bodybuilding during the late 70’s from a direction toward size to one of refinement. Today he is successful as both a writer and instructor.”

Titles Won:
1965 IFBB Mr. Universe (Medium)
1966 IFBB Mr. America (Medium)
1966 IFBB North American Championships
1967 IFBB Mr. America (Medium)
1968 IFBB Mr. America
1968 IFBB Mr. Universe
1968 IFBB Mr. International
1969 IFBB Mr. World
1970 NABBA Mr. Universe
1971 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe (Short)
1972 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe
1977 IFBB Mr. Olympia
1978 IFBB Mr. Olympia
1979 IFBB Mr. Olympia

Height: 5’9″ Weight: 185 lbs.

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