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The Incredible Hulk SCI-FI Facts

March 10, 1978 - June 2, 1982
CBS Adventure/Drama Series

Cast:
David Bruce Banner:  Bill Bixby
Jack McGee: Jack Colvin
The Incredible Hulk: Lou Ferrigno 

David Banner, physician, scientist, searching for a way  to tap into the hidden strength that all humans have.

Then an accidental overdose of gamma radiation alters his body chemistry. And now when David Banner becomes angry or outraged a startling metamorphosis occurs. The creature is driven by rage and is pursued by an investigative reporter. 

"Mr. McGee don't make me angry you wouldn't like me when I'm angry."

The creature is wanted for a murder he didn't commit. David Banner is believed to be dead and he must let the world think that he is dead until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him.

That's how every episode every Friday night at 8 and for a while on Wednesday nights at 8 began.  Bill Bixby played the tortured scientist trying find the hidden strength that he lacked when trying to save his wife from an automobile accident. Banner accidentally exposes himself to an overdose of radiation while trying to tap into this hidden strength. You know the rest. The Hulk is born for the first time on television (not counting the 60's cartoon series), while trying to change a tire in the middle of a storm. While the rain is pouring down on Banner he injures himself while changing his tire. He becomes angry, changes into the Hulk, and smashes his car. 

Another research scientist David works with dies in an explosion caused by chemicals spilt by Mr. McGee the investigative reporter. Banner is also believed to be dead and travels the country searching for a cure while evading Jack McGee who has seen the Hulk and wants to prove his existence to the world.

The show followed the same formula as another very successful show
the Fugitive except Dr. Kimble could never turn into a giant monster when things got rough. Three TV movies were made after the shows demise. They weren't anywhere close to the quality of the series, but it was nice to see Bill Bixby morphing into the Hulk again.

Recently a new Hulk was released as a major motion picture starring Eric Bana as Bruce Banner this time. The same name Banner uses in the comics. In the show it was David Bruce Banner. The Hulk was not played by Lou Ferrigno this time but will be completely computer generated. Check out the Hulk Movie Official Site for the trailer. The movie was released in the summer of 2003.

Trivia:
Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered for the role of The Hulk but, even at 6' 2", was reportedly not tall enough (Lou Ferrigno is 6' 5").

Film director Steven Spielberg was critical about the use of footage from his TV-movie from _Duel (1971/I)_ for the Hulk episode "Never Give A Trucker An Even Break." But since both the Duel movie and Hulk series were owned by Univeral Studios, he was unable to take any legal action. Nonetheless, Spielberg eventually updated his contracts to include a clause designed to prevent his material from being used as stock footage in other projects.

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