Franco Columbu is an Italian bodybuilder (retired) and actor/stuntman.
Franco, being only 5'5", was one of the shortest bodybuilders in existence. Despite this, he had climbed to the top of the professional circuit to obtain the title of Mr. Olympia in 1976 and 1981 (succeeding Arnold Schwarzenegger on both occasions). The 1981 victory was gained in spite of a serious injury he suffered in 1977's World's Strongest Man competition, where he severely dislocated his leg.
Franco became known in America during the late 1970s where he performed strongman feats such as manually inflating water bottles, lifting entire cars, and being able to press 700lbs.
Franco appeared as the Future Terminator in the original movie, The Terminator. In his scene, he infiltrates a resistance bunker, and kills numerous resistance fighters, civilians, and even the bunker's guard dogs.
- 1966 Mr. Europe, 4th
- 1968 NABBA Mr. Universe (Most Muscular)
- 1969 IFBB Mr. Europe (Medium)
- 1969 NABBA Mr. Universe (Most Muscular)
- 1969 NABBA Mr. Universe (Short)
- 1969 IFBB Mr. Universe (Short)
- 1970 IFBB Mr. Europe (Short & Overall)
- 1970 AAU Mr. World (Pro Short)
- 1970 IFBB Mr. World (Short)
- 1970 IFBB Mr. Universe (Short & Overall)
- 1971 IFBB Mr. Universe (Short & Overall)
- 1971 IFBB Mr. World (Short & Overall)
- 1974 Mr. Olympia (Lightweight)
- 1975 Mr. Olympia (Lightweight)
- 1976 Mr. Olympia (Lightweight & Overall)
- 1981 Mr. Olympia
- Champion of Italy
- Champion of Germany
- Champion of Europe
- World Champion
- 1977 World's strongest man, 5th
- Franco weighs less than 200lbs, reportedly being an average of 185lbs.
- He has been reported to be able to deadlift well over 700lbs and bench press 525lbs.
- Is a good friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger, being the best man of his wedding, having acting or stunt parts in some of his films, and even listed as the director of a fictional Schwarzenegger movie in Last Action Hero.
- After retiring from bodybuilding, became a chiropractor. Is the current head of The California Board of Chiropractic Examiners.