THE INCREDIBLE HULK star Lou Ferrigno has found a new calling - as a Los Angeles County Sheriff.

The larger-than-life weightlifter-turned-actor began training for his new role last September (05) and will be sworn in as a reserve deputy sheriff on 13 February (06).

The former world champion bodybuilder received extensive training in firearms, first aid and high-speed defensive driving techniques.

He says, "I have a tremendous respect for the men and women in law enforcement.

"I am proud to be part of the team helping keep Los Angeles County safe."

Ferrigno played the enraged green monster in The Incredible Hulk from 1978 to 1982.

The actor's father, Matthew Ferrigno, is a retired New York City police lieutenant.