The Incredible Hulk is now a county sheriff’s department reserve deputy.
Lou Ferrigno, 54, who played the green-skinned monster on the CBS TV show from 1977 to 1982, was sworn in during a ceremony Monday night.
“My father was a police officer with the New York Police Department; I’ve always had a high respect for officers,” Ferrigno told The Associated Press. “I want to give back to the community, and I want to work with young kids, help them get off drugs.”
Ferrigno began training to become a reserve deputy last September after passing a background check. He completed training in firearms, first aid, and high speed driving techniques and was recognized as “an outstanding trainee” by Sheriff Lee Baca.
Ferrigno will serve at least 20 hours a month, help recruit new deputies and work with the sheriff’s Youth Activities League and the Special Victims Bureau, which assists abused children.
Ferrigno was a bodybuilder before he starred on the TV show. The late actor Bill Bixby played mild-mannered scientist David Bruce Banner who, as Ferrigno, turned into a Herculean, green-skinned monster whenever he lost his temper. He switched back to Bixby’s character as soon as he calmed down.
In recent years, Ferrigno has appeared as himself on the CBS sitcom “The King of Queens.”