Franco Columbu Height, Weight, Age, Wife, Biography, Family & More

Franco Columbu

Franco Columbu (born August 7, 1941 – died August 30, 2019) was an Italian Powerlifter, Actor, Bodybuilder and Author from Ollolai, Italy. His athletic career started in the boxing ring. Then, he became a powerlifter and body lifter.

Franco Columbu Italian Powerlifter, Actor, Bodybuilder and Author

He won the Mr. Olympia title in 1976 and 1981. Furthermore, he performed many strongman acts since 1969. He competed in the World’s Strongest Man Competition and placed on the 5th position. Furthermore, his real birth name is Francesco Columbu.

Additionally, he broke the hot water bottle orally. However, he dropped the refrigerator race competition due to an injury. His leg also dislocated. The incident aired on national television.

Then, the court ordered to give him $1 million in compensation. Still, Franco passed away on August 30, 2019. Mr. Columbo’s death cause is drowning. He faced a severe heart attack while swimming. The authorities rushed him to the hospital where he declared dead.


Early Life, Parents & Profile

Franco Columbu Bio

Biography: Franco Columbu was born on the 7th of August 1941 (age 78 years old, as in 2019) in Ollolai, Sardinia (Italy). However, his mom and dad information is missing from his online wiki. He was among the strongest man in Italy.

In 1977, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at the Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles.

Franco Columbu with his best friend Arnold Schwarzenegger
His best friend Arnold Schwarzenegger.

He was also a good friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger (Bodybuilder, Actor, and Filmmaker).


Marriage, Spouse, Children & Girlfriend

Franco Columbu & his wife Deborah Columbu
Franco Columbu & his wife Deborah Columbu.

Bodybuilder Francesco Columbu tied the nuptial knot with his wife named Deborah Columbu in 1990. Moreover, they shared their only daughter named Maria Columbu.

Franco married in the past with his former spouse Anita Sanangelo (Chiropractor). Still, Anita told that she spied on him and appreciated his physique. Both of them divorced in between 1986-1990.


Quick Info & Trivia

Real Full Birth NameFrancesco “Franco” Columbu.
Nick nameFranco.
ProfessionPowerlifter, Actor, Bodybuilder and Author.
In The News ForDied on August 30, 2019 by drowning and heart attack near the San Teodoro, Sardinia.
Age (As of 2019)78 years old.
Date of Birth (DOB), BirthdayAugust 7, 1941.
Birthplace/HometownOllolai, Sardinia (Italy).
Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian)Straight.
Death DateAugust 30, 2019.
Place San Teodoro, Sardinia (Italy).
CauseDrowned in the water after heart attack.
Sun Sign (Zodiac Sign)Leo.
House InItaly.
Career Timeline
Bodybuilder Awards1. 4th Place in Mr. Europe (1966).
2. NABBA Mr. Universe Most Muscular Title (1968).
3. IFBB Mr. Europe (1970).
4. Mr. Olympia Lightweight (1974, 1975, 1976 & 1981).
Films1. Stay Hungry (1976).
2. The Comeback (1980).
3. The Terminator (1984).
4. The Running Man (1987).
5. Taken Alive (1995).
6. Hollywood Salutes Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Cinematheque Tribute (1998).
7. Why we Train (2008).
8. Dreamland La Terra dei Sogni (2011).
Books AuthoredComing On Strong.
Physical Statistics
Height (Tall)Feet & Inches: 5' 5".
Centimeters: 165 cm.
Meters: 1.65 m.
WeightKilograms: 84 Kg.
Pounds: 185 lbs.
Biceps Size14.
Body Measurements (Chest-waist-hips)42-33-35.
Shoe Size (UK)8.5.
Tattoo details?NA.
Eye ColorBlack.
Hair ColorBlack.
Famous RelativesGrandparents:
Personal Life Relationship
Marital StatusMarried.
Dating History?Involved in the love affair with Anita Sanangelo.
GirlfriendAnita Sanangelo.
Wife/Spouse Name1. Anita Sanangelo (Chiropractor).
2. Deborah Columbu.
DaughterMaria Columbo.
Highest QualificationLicenced Chiropractic Doctor.
SchoolHigh School.
College/UniversityCleveland Chiropractic College
Hobbies & Favorite Things
Favorite CelebritiesActor: Toby Jones.
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence.
Dream Holiday DestinationLondon.
Favorite ColorBlack.
Love to doExercising & Traveling.
Favorite DishesVegetarian Food.
Net worth Valuation$10 Million US Dollars.
Salary, Income & Earnings--
Contact Details
Mobile or Phone Number--
Office LocationNA.
Official WebsiteNone.
Home AddressWill Update.
Email AddressNot found.


Some Lesser Known Facts about Franco Columbu

Franco Columbu Height & Weight
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  • Wikipedia: He performed as an actor in Hollywood movies Stay Hungry, Taken Alive, Why We Train, Last Man Standing, Getting Physical and Dreamland La Terra Dei Sogni.
  • Moreover, he did his Chiropractic doctor practice in Los Angeles.
  • He authored a book based on his life named Coming on Strong.
  • Arnold and Franco reached the United States of America and then started the European Brick Works business during 1969.
  • Deborah Columbu’s husband featured in the episodes of The Street of San Francisco TV series.
  • Physique Measurements: Franco Columbu’s height measured at 5 feet 5 inches tall (165 cm or 1.65 m). Moreover, his body is giant muscular and weight is 84 Kg (185 lbs).
  • He inspired by the American bodybuilding expert named Joe Weider.

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  • Additionally, he joined the bodybuilder and received $65 weekly stipend (1969).
  • He also designed some compressive workouts for men in 1988. Some of them are effective to reduce stomach fat.
  • Wealth Value: The World’s Strongest Man net worth is $10 Million. Furthermore, he was an amateur boxer in the Italian team.
  • He was the Columbu Terminator in the Terminator 3 Video Game.



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