The film maker’s needed conflict. Junior Mr America – AAU, 2nd Junior Mr USA – AAU, Winner In the 1978 issue of Muscle, while training for the upcoming Mr. Olympia, Ken Waller explained his diet: "I stay hungry. Mr Universe – NABBA, Tall, 1st Mr America – IFBB, Overall Winner However, Padilla could have won the lightweight division. It’s an important part of bodybuilding history that will still be watched for decades to come. “Arnold” incorporates Franco Columbu, Mike Katz, and Lou Ferrigno into his story. Mr World – AAU, Overall Winner, Mr America – IFBB, Tall, 1st He had some very memorable quotes from that movie. [2] He attended Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green (class of 1965), where he was a member of the undefeated 1963 Tangerine Bowl football team. Proprietor: I don’t know. He is very humble...I remember helping him pack up trophies and he gave me a bunch of old XXL golds gym shirts. In Pumping Iron Mike Katz is the guy who is victimized and Ken Waller is the guy doing the victimizing. I uploaded some pictures of Waller which I captured from Pumping Iron: I would imagine that is a film-based 16mm movie camera that he is using. He was known for his curly red hair, freckles and his graceful, confident posing style. Without resistance the muscle doesn’t grow and without conflict neither does drama. So, the next time you watch Pumping Iron and see Mike Katz being brought to tears after not placing in the top three at the 1975 Mr. Universe contest, remember that a very qualified Latino bodybuilder was not even allowed to compete in that very contest and that a Ginger bodybuilder named Ken Waller “took a bullet” to make Mike Katz look more sympathetic. Waller or Nubret...who do you think was better? Never mind the fact that allowing Mike Katz to compete as the second heavyweight in the 1975 Mr Universe cost Latino bodybuilder Danny Padilla his role in Pumping Iron. It’s like resistance in weight training. Mr Universe – NABBA, Overall Winner Be the first to receive exciting news, features, and special offers from Bodybuilding.com! He placed third. Furthermore, none of the bodybuilders, except Schwarzenegger, really made any money from the movie, although Ferrigno’s performance may have helped him land his Hulk role. Ken Waller is probably best known for his bad guy role in the movie Pumping Iron. Does Rogan feel in some […], Following in the footsteps of Rich Piana, Lou Ferrigno is training at Taran Tactical. This was Arnold at his biggest ever contest condition. Unlike Frank Zane or lighter competitors, Waller was not known for an aesthetic physique, rather, like fellow competitors, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, he relied on size to gain the attention from judges, which at the time, was only beginning to gain popularity. Ken Waller, Actor: The Incredible Hulk. Proprietor: Sir? Ken's son has since moved back to California, but Ken is still in the midwest and Im not allowed to say where. Chigurh: The most. Never mind that Ken Waller was born a freckled redhead, one of the smallest and most teased minorities in the world. The Weider’s wouldn’t even let Padilla do that and  with non-competitor status he ended up with a only few seconds of screen time in Pumping Iron’s final cut. The film launched the Hollywood careers of its two lead actors and kick-started the weightlifting / exercise fads of the ’80s. Waller and Katz were, in fact, friends – as Waller recounted in Raw Iron – The Making of Pumping Iron – but his reputation as a "villain" remained. One of the problems with the whole deal was that Mike Katz didn’t retire in 1975. Mr International – IFBB, Tall, 1st The documentary itself was filmed in 1977, and was constructed of partly real and partly scripted documentaries that followed the journeys of amateur participants Lou Ferringno, Franco Columbu and Arnold Schwarzenegger (yes the man himself) as they entered Mr Universe, and Mike Katz and Ken Waller (the pros) as they entered Mr Olympia. Ken Waller was born on March 20, 1942. Taran Butler is considered the most versatile shooter in the world. He played professional football in Canada, after serving in the United States Marine Corps and teaching high school in Louisville. He has won major pistol championships in USPSA Open, Limited, […], Voiced by Joe Gaudet: Chigurh: What’s the most you’ve ever lost on a coin toss? I Discovered A Meal Between Breakfast And Brunch, "The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.". I couldn’t say. Junior Mr USA – AAU, Most Muscular, 1st On a coin toss. You ever lost. Universe – IFBB, Overall Winner, Olympia – IFBB, HeavyWeight, 2nd He is originally from Jeffersonville, Indiana. And even in a documentary you had better believe the director is going to find an angle where people go against each other, organizations, forces of nature, or even themselves. Olympia – IFBB, 16th Waller can actually be seen wearing two different shirts in different camera angles in that scene, making it obvious that it was set up. This film was written by Charles Gaines, co-author of Pumping Iron. I would imagine that Ken is using an 8mm, film-based movie camera in that photo. Your email address will not be published. In reality, the "T-shirt incident" was staged to add drama to the film, and the scene where Waller confides his scheme was filmed after the Mr. Universe contest actually took place. Waller also won the 1975 International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB) Mr. Universe contest in Pretoria, South Africa. [4] He went on to play professional football in Canada, after serving in the United States Marine Corps and teaching high school in Louisville.[2]. Pumping Iron is what Ken Waller is most known for and, come to think of it, it’s the same with Mike Katz. © 2020 Bodybuilding.com. Pittsburgh Pro Invitational – IFBB, Did not place, Jurassic Gorilla https://jurassicgorilla.com This turned out to be pretty funny. Waller, at six feet tall and 230 pounds, was one of the most frequent winning amateur bodybuilders of the 1970s. He competed in the 1976 Mr. Olympia, the 1980 NBA Natural Mr. America Professional, the 1980 IFBB World Pro Championships, and the 1981 Mr. Olympia. Anyone who saw Pumping Iron will remember Ken Waller, from the 70s era of bodybuilding, winner of Mr. Universe, and "thief" of Mike Katz's t-shirt. Waller helped make Pumping Iron successful, was barely paid for it, and suffered scorn because of the public’s manufactured impression of him…although he likely would have done it all over again if given the same opportunity. Is Lou Ferrigno Training For Civil Unrest? He had excellent proportion and definition, though he was not as massive as Arnold, Franco, or Lou. For me that's eating only four times a day.

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