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Franco Columbu

Actor / Screenwriter / Writer / Film Director / Film Producer | * 08/07/1941 († 78, 08/30/2019) | Ollolai, Nuoro (Italy)
Francesco Maria Columbu (August 7, 1941 – August 30, 2019) was an Italian bodybuilder, powerlifter, actor, author, producer, and a licensed chiropractor. Originally a boxer, Columbu won the Mr. Olympia in 1976 and 1981, and competed in the inaugural edition of the World's Strongest Man in 1977, where he placed fifth. He also had an acting career and authored numerous books on bodybuilding and nutrition. Columbu was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2001, and received the Arnold Classic Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. ()

An Italian born former bodybuilder, actor and author. Despite his short statue at 5 ft 5 (165cm) he won Mr. Olympia bodybuilding in 1976 and 1981. During a competition in Munich in 1965, he met Arnold Schwarzenegger and the two of them got very close. After Arnolds relocation to USA, he brought Franco over not long after because he missed his best friend. It was a friendship that would last for 54 years til Franco'a death. Franco Columbo's would participate in several minor roles in movies after his US entry, acting along side Schwarzenegger in a few of his motion pictures. Although he held a US residence and lived there since the 1970's, Columbu would often travel back home to Sardinia on vacation, and it was there he ultimately passed away at the age of 78.

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Most frequent genres for this person: Action | Documentaries | Comedies

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Movies with Franco Columbu as Actor(22)

as Franco Turelli2015 One More Round
as Aldo Paccione2003 Ancient Warriors
as Himself - Mr. Olympia 19812002 Raw Iron: The Making of 'Pumping Iron'
as Enrico Costa1997 Doublecross on Costa's Island
as Franco Armando Beretta1994 Beretta's Island
as Enrico Costa1994 Taken Alive
as Nerescu1993 Desperate Crimes
as Otto the Strongman1988 Big Top Pee-wee
as 911 Security Officer #21987 The Running Man
as Medic (uncredited)1987 Predator
as himself1984 Getting Physical
as Future Terminator1984 The Terminator
as Pictish Scout1982 Conan the Barbarian
as himself1980 The Comeback
as himself1977 Pumping Iron
as Franco Orsini (uncredited)1976 Stay Hungry

TV Shows/Series with Franco Columbu as Actor(1)

as Doctor's Assistant (uncredited)1989 Tales from the Crypt

Movies with Franco Columbu as Crew(7)

Production/Producer2003 Ancient Warriors
Directing/Director1997 Doublecross on Costa's Island
Production/Producer1994 Beretta's Island
Writing/Author1994 Beretta's Island
Production/Producer1994 Taken Alive
Writing/Writer1994 Taken Alive

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Born: Thursday, 08/07 1941 (August) in Ollolai, Nuoro (Italy)
Died: Friday, 08/30 2019 (August) in San Teodoro, Sardinia (aged: 78)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Snake)
Languages: English (EN, native language), Italian (IT)
Educated at: Cleveland Chiropractic College
Other names for Franco Columbu (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Francesco Columbu"
"The Sardinian Strongman" (Nickname)
Franco Columbu frequently works together with these people:
Werner Herzog (5x, Crew)
Ed Corney (5x, Actor)
Ken Waller (5x, Actor)
Bob Rafelson (4x, Crew)
Van Quattro (4x, Actor)
Billy DaMota (4x, Crew)
Joe Weider (4x, Cast)
Chip Rossetti (4x, Crew)
Walter Hill (3x, Crew)
Richard Donner (3x, Crew)
Gilbert Adler (3x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:208040, Added: 07/24/2018, Last updated: 01/17/2022