Franco Columbu was an Italian bodybuilder and actor who portrayed the Future Terminator in The Terminator (1984). 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.

Filmography in Terminator franchiseEdit


  • 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.
  • A good friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger; Columbu was the the best man of his wedding, acted or performed stunt in some of his films, and was listed as the director of a fictional Schwarzenegger movie in Last Action Hero.
  • In addition to his cameo in The Terminator, Franco had roles in other films such as Conan the Barbarian, Last Action Hero, and Red Sonja, all of which also featured Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • After retiring from bodybuilding, Columbu became a chiropractor. He was the head of The California Board of Chiropractic Examiners.


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