Ken Waller

Born 1942

Ken Waller is an American former bodybuilder featured in the 1977 movie Pumping Iron, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. Waller also won the 1975 International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB) Mr. Universe contest in Pretoria, South Africa. He was known for his curly red hair and freckles — to this day, one of the only redheaded professional bodybuilders in the sport — and his graceful, confident posing style.… Read More

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1942 Birth Ken Waller was born on March 20, 1942. … Read More


1963 21 Years Old He attended Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green (class of 1965), where he was a member of the undefeated 1963 Tangerine Bowl football team. … Read More


1975 33 Years Old His most notable win was depicted in the film Pumping Iron, at the Mr. Universe contest of 1975. … Read More
1976 34 Years Old He went on to compete at the professional level the following year in the 1976 Mr. Olympia contest, where he again defeated Mike Katz to win first place in the heavyweight (over 200 pound) division.
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He continued to place in the 1977, 1980 and 1981 Mr. Olympias, taking second place in the tall category and fifth overall in 1977.
1979 37 Years Old …  He also appeared in the B movie Kill The Golden Goose in 1979 and in "King of the Beach," an episode of The Incredible Hulk, in 1981.
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