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Hulk star fights real-life crime
Lou Ferrigno
Lou Ferrigno has written books about bodybuilding
The star of 70s TV show The Incredible Hulk has a new role - as a part-time police officer in Los Angeles.

Lou Ferrigno, 54, has been sworn in as a reserve deputy sheriff and will volunteer for 20 hours each month.

The role is similar to that of a UK special constable. Ferrigno will have the power to arrest after completing the training he began in September.

"I want to give back to the community, and I want to work with young kids, help them get off drugs," he said.

"My father was a police officer with the New York Police Department, I've always had a high respect for officers," he added.

Ferrigno has had partial hearing loss since childhood.

Most of his police work will be with young people.

Model student

He will help recruit new deputies and work with the sheriff's youth activities league and the special victims bureau, which helps abused children.

"Mr Ferrigno will certainly help inspire those currently serving as reserves, and he'll be an encouragement to those who may wish to become reserve deputies," said Sheriff Lee Baca in a statement.

The sheriff described Ferrigno as an "outstanding trainee".

Ferrigno appeared in The Incredible Hulk as the famous green monster between 1977 and 1982. He starred alongside Bill Bixby, who played the Hulk's mild-mannered alter-ego Dr Bruce Banner.

He secured the role of a security guard in Ang Lee's big screen version of the Marvel comic book story in 2003.

Prior to acting, he won fame as a bodybuilder, winning titles including Mr Universe.

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