Hafthór 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
(1988-11-26) November 26, 1988 (age 26)
Iceland Iceland
Occupation Actor, strongman competitor, basketball player
Years active 2011–present

Hafthór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈhafθour ˈjuːliʏs ˈpjœsːɔn], born November 26, 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 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

Hafthór 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 26)
Iceland Iceland
Occupation Strongman
Height 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
Weight 175 kg (386 lb)
Sport Strongman

Hafthór 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] Hafthór 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]

Hafthór 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]

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

World's Strongest Man[edit]

Hafthór 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]


Hafthór was cast as Gregor Clegane ("The Mountain") 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. He is poised to be the first person to reprise his role in season 5.[13]

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. ^ "The Mountain in Belfast, and Game of Thrones filming in Split continues despite flooding". Watchers On The Wall. September 13, 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ "Thor and Benny Magnusson, 420 and 445 Kg Deadlift". YouTube.com. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 

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