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The 68-year-old announced the news on his website, revealing he's set to start working at the Socorro County sheriff's department in New Mexico.
Ferrigno told his fans: "This is the real thing because I've played sheriff over the years in different films. I've done over 40 films. This, I take very seriously and I'm very excited, very proud to be a deputy because my whole life I've always wanted to be a sheriff."
The former Mr Universe stressed that the role was legit, adding: "People assume it's just an honorary thing. It isn't, because I'm certified and I have police powers which I'm very proud of.
"So, I went through all the driving, the shooting, the studying, and it changed my life and I'm very happy to be a real-life hero, protecting life and property."
This isn't the first time bodybuilder Ferrigno has worked for a sheriff's office; he volunteered 20 hours a month to the San Luis Obispo County sheriff's office since 2012 and was also a member of former Arizona sheriff's volunteer sheriff posse in 2016, where Ferringo patrolled the US/Mexican border.
Sheriff Ian Parkinson explained: "Lou started at L.A. sheriffs as a reserve. He was interested in volunteering time here and wanted to commit time to San Luis County because he was a part time resident here as well for many years.
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- Lou Ferrigno (@LouFerrigno) January 17, 2020
"I'd known Lou for years, so first it was kind of the personality test to make sure he was the type of guy that I thought would represent us well, which I obviously did, otherwise I would not have been friends with him."
Ferringo's dad was a lieutenant at the New York Police Department, something the actor is immensely proud of.
He added: "Growing up, I always wanted to be an officer... People would talk about him in the neighbourhood, Officer Ferrigno, there was a lot of respect. That was something I wanted to earn for myself."
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