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The Baltimore Sun

Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "The Incredible Hulk" - Arrivals

Before They Were Stars Ferrigno He won his first major body-building titles, IFBB Mr. America, after graduating from high school and then was named Mr. Universe four years later at the age of 21, a Guinness Book of World Records feat that stands to this day. In 1974, he came in second in his first effort to win the Mr. Olympia competition. The 1977 documentary “Pumping Iron” chronicled his attempt to beat Arnold Schwarzenegger for the Mr. Olympia title in 1975. In 1977, he came in fourth in the first World’s Strongest Man Contest. Norton After graduating from Yale, Norton went to work for his grandfather’s company, Enterprise Foundation, in Osaka, Japan. The company works to make affordable housing for low-income families. Upon returning to New York, he waited tables, was a proofreader and a director’s assistant — he tried to become a cab driver but was too young to qualify for a hack’s license — for nearly two years before award-winning playwright Edward Albee (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”) noticed him at an audition for his play “Fragments” at the Signature Theater Company off-Broadway. Not only did Norton get the role, he also became a member of the theater’s repertory company. Winner: It’s a toss-up between brain and brawn. Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images