Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Hafþór.
Hafþór Björnsson
Born Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
(1988-11-28) November 28, 1988 (age 25)
Iceland Iceland
Occupation Actor, strongman competitor, basketball player
Years active 2014–present

Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈhafθour ˈjuːliʏs ˈpjœsːɔn], born November 28, 1988) is an Icelandic strongman competitor, television and film actor, and a former professional basketball player.


Basketball career[edit]

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
Personal information
Born 1988
Nationality Icelandic
Listed height 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
Career information
Pro playing career 2006–2008
Career history
2006–2007 K.R. Basket Reykjavík
2007–2008 FSu Selfoss basketball
Career highlights and awards
D2 Iceland National Basketball Team

Hafþór began his sports career as a basketball player. At 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in),[1] he played first in the Iceland-Dominos league's K.R. Basket Reykjavík basketball team as a starting center of the team. Simultaneously, he was picked for the D2 Icelandic National Basketball Team.[2]

For the season 2007–2008, he moved to play professionally as center for the Icelandic Division 1 basketball team FSu Selfoss Basketball team.[2]

Suffering a severe knee injury at age 20, he was forced to leave a prospective professional basketball career awaiting him.[3]

Strongman career[edit]

Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson
Personal information
Born (1988-11-26) November 26, 1988 (age 25)
Iceland Iceland
Occupation Strongman
Height 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
Weight 200 kg (441 lb)
Sport Strongman

Hafþór met Icelandic strongman Magnús Ver Magnússon at his gym "Jakaból" in 2008, and Magnús said that Hafþór seemed a good prospect as a strongman.[3] Hafþór won several contests in 2010 including Strongest Man in Iceland, Iceland's Strongest Viking, Westfjords Viking,[4] and recently the OK Badur Strongman Championships in Iceland.[5]

Hafþór finished in second place at the inaugural Jon Pall Sigmarsson Classic, behind Brian Shaw.[6] He won the 2011 Strongest Man in Iceland contest on June 4, 2011,[7] and the 2011 Iceland's Strongest Man contest on June 18, 2011.[8]

Hafþór came fourth in the Giants Live Poland 2011 event on August 6, 2011.

World's Strongest Man[edit]

Hafþór took part in World's Strongest Man after earning a wild card invitation to the 2011 contest.[9] coming sixth overall in that year's competition.

Taking part again in ensuing years, he placed third in the 2012 and the 2013 World's Strongest Man competitions. He finished runner-up in the 2014 event[10] to the eventual winner, the Lithuanian Žydrūnas Savickas.[11]


Hafþór was cast as Gregor Clegane for the fourth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones in August 2013.[12] This was his first main acting role, and the third person to depict the character after Conan Stevens played the role of Clegane in season 1 and Ian Whyte in season 2.

Personal records[edit]

Training lifts

  • Deadlift 410 kg (903.8 lbs) raw with wrist straps
  • Loglift 190 kg (418.8 lbs)

Filmography / television[edit]


  1. ^ "Hafthor Bjornsson". www.stongman.org. Strongman. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  2. ^ a b Eurobasket: Hafþór Björnsson page
  3. ^ a b Magnus Ver Magnusson: Icelandic Strongman Scout. Ironmind.com (2010-05-29). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  4. ^ Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson. vodvafikn.net
  5. ^ Haffþór Júlíusson Björnsson wins Iceland’s OK Budar Strongman Contest. Ironmind.com (2010-08-10). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  6. ^ Brian Shaw Wins the Inaugural Jon Pall Sigmarsson Classic Strongman Contest. Ironmind.com (2010-11-22). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  7. ^ Hafthor Julius Bjornsson Wins the Strongest Man in Iceland. Ironmind.com (2011-06-06). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  8. ^ Hafthor Julius Bjornsson Wins Iceland’s Strongest Man. Ironmind.com (2011-06-19). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  9. ^ Giants Live–Poland: Radzikowski, Jenkins and Baron Make WSM Cut . . . Bjornsson Gets Wild Card. Ironmind.com (2011-08-08). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  10. ^ Cindy Boren (May 19, 2014). "‘Game of Thrones’ villain is second-strongest man in the world". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ Iceland Review: Hafþór Júlíus Runner up in World’s Strongest Man Comp
  12. ^ "Mountain Recast". WinterIsComing.net. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Jay Hathaway (June 4, 2014). "Watch The Mountain from Game of Thrones Deadlift Almost 1,000 Pounds". Gawker.com. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 

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