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Jack LaLanne

LaLanne was addicted to sugar as a child, causing him to commit acts of violence, including setting his parents' house on fire and attacking his brother with an axe. He was so weak his family physician recommended he be removed from school to rest and regain his strength. Around this time, he and his mother attended a lecture by Paul C. Bragg, a nutritionist who told LaLanne he was a human garbage can. LaLanne turned his life around with a strict diet and exercise. By the age of 18, he was running a home bakery selling healthy breads and a home gym where he trained policemen and firemen in exercise and weightlifting. LaLanne's reputation as a physical fitness guru eventually led to his 34-year stint as the host of TV's "The Jack LaLanne Show (1951)". There he taught exercise aimed principally at homemakers, using items found around the home. Even as he exceeded 95 years of age, LaLanne continued to boast a fine physique, and encourage fans with health and fitness tips through videos and writing. LaLanne died of pneumonia at his home in Morro Bay, California, in January 2011, with his wife Elaine, family and friends surrounding him. Mr. LaLanne had been ill prior to his death.

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Sep 26, 1914 In San Francisco, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Today 1952-01-14
Latest Project:
Series The Tony Danza Show 2004-09-13
Known For
Poster of Beefcake
Poster of Batman
Poster of The Addams Family
Poster of The Ladies Man
Series The Tony Danza Show Unknown 2004-09-13
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Movie Beefcake Himself 1998-09-01
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Movie Repossessed Himself 1990-09-14
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-16
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Series Here's Lucy Unknown 1968-09-23
Movie Batman Himself - Exercise Leader (uncredited) 1966-07-30
Series The Addams Family Unknown 1964-09-18
Series Mister Ed Unknown 1961-01-05
Movie The Ladies Man Himself 1961-06-21
Series Peter Gunn Unknown 1958-09-22
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14