Actor Lou Ferrigno, who played “The Incredible Hulk” on TV, is about to undergo another remarkable transformation.
Ferrigno became a reserve deputy with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office in California in 2012 and was a member of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s volunteer sheriff posse in 2016 where he helped patrol the U.S.-Mexico border.
Socorro County Sheriff William Armijo, whose jurisdiction is south of Albuquerque, said Ferrigno will play a crucial role in department recruitment efforts. He is set to be sworn in on Thursday.
Starting in 1973, Ferrigno won several bodybuilding titles, including Mr. America and Mr. Universe; he also worked as a sheet metal worker in a Brooklyn, N.Y., factory at that time, according to his website.
He is best known for his title role on the 1977-83 TV series "The Incredible Hulk," but has also acted on other shows and movies, including "I Love You, Man" and a recurring role on the comedy "The King of Queens."
Ferrigno’s father was an NYPD lieutenant for 26 years.
"Growing up, I always wanted to be an officer. ... People would talk about him in the neighborhood, Officer Ferrigno, there was a lot of respect. That was something I wanted to earn for myself," he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.