Franco Columbu Biography – Franco Columbu Wiki
Franco Columbu born Francesco Columbu, was an Italian actor, author, former champion bodybuilder, powerlifter and World’s Strongest Man competitor.
Columbu left his hometown of Ollolai in Sardinia in the 1960s to go and work in Munich, Germany as a bricklayer. During this time, Columbu began as a boxer where he first met Schwarzenegger. In the 1970s, the pair decided to move to Los Angeles together.
In his later years, Columbu became a chiropractor and nutritionist in Los Angeles. Columbo wrote several books on nutrition and fitness including, “Weight Training and Bodybuilding: A Complete Guide for Young Athletes.” He attained his qualifications at Cleveland Chiropractic College in 1977. Columbu had a Ph.D. from the non-accredited Donsbach University.
During his career, Columbu won Mr. Olympia in 1976 and 1981, Mr. Universe, Mr. World, Mr. International, Mr. Europe and Mr. Italy. His power lifting World Records include: Bench Press 525 lbs., Squat 655 lbs., and Dead Lift 750 lbs.
In April 1979, Columbu made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest lung power. He was able to blow up a hot water bottle until it burst in just 55 seconds using only sheer lung power (that is 28.5 lbs/square inch)!
Franco’s film appearances include the documentary “Pumping Iron”, “Stay Hungry”, “Conan the Barbarian” and “Terminator.” On television, he was technical advisor for and appeared in the CBS-TV movie “Getting Physical.” He has also been featured in several national TV and print commercials, as well as numerous guest appearances and television shows.
In 2006, Columbu was appointed to the state Board of Chiropractic Examiners in California by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He has been the recipient of several honors and awards throughout the years including: Induction into the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1983, Received a Certificate of Merit from the IFBB in 1985, Awarded the highest civilian honor of merit – the merit of Ufficiale – by Francesco Cossiga, the President of Italy, on August 25, 1988, Received the FBB Achievement Medal Award in October 2004, Inducted into the Worlds Gym Hall of Fame in 2006, Received the Muscle Beach Hall of Fame Award in 2007, Received an award from the ICA for “Special service to the chiropractic profession and the world of fitness” in 2009, and Awarded Arnold’s Classic Lifetime Achievement Award on March 7, 2009.
Franco Columbu Age
He was born on August 7, 1941 in Ollolai, Sardinia, Italy. He died on August 30, 2019. He was 78 years old.
Franco Columbu Wife
He was married to his wife, Deborah Columbu. They married in 1990 and had their only child, Maria.Columbu was previously married to a fellow chiropractor named Anita Sanangelo. Anita was featured in the documentary sequel, “Pumping Iron 2.”
Franco Columbu Children – Franco Columbu Daughter
Columbu and his wife, Deborah, have a daughter, Maria Columbu.
Franco Columbu Net Worth
Franco Columbu’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million.
Franco Columbu Death – Franco Columbu Accident
Columbu died on August 30, 2019. He drowned while swimming at the beach in the town of San Teodoro in Sardinia and emergency services airlifted Columbu to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Arnold Schwarzenegger paid tribute to Franco Columbu on Twitter. He wrote, “I love you Franco. I will always remember the joy you brought to my life, the advices you gave me, and the twinkle in your eye that never disappeared. You were my best friend.”
I love you Franco. I will always remember the joy you brought to my life, the advices you gave me, and the twinkle in your eye that never disappeared. You were my best friend. https://t.co/X3GhZKlgAd
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) August 30, 2019
Franco Columbu Cause of Death – How Did Franco Columbu Die
He drowned while swimming at the beach in the town of San Teodoro in Sardinia, La Nuova reported. Other reports says that Columbu suffered a heart attack while swimming.
Franco Columbu Height
He stood at a height of 5 feet 5 inches (165 cm) tall.
Franco Columbu Weight
He weighed 185 lb (84 kg).
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