Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
|Born||Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
November 28, 1988
|Occupation||Actor, strongman competitor, basketball player|
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.
|Listed height||2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)|
|Pro playing career||2006–2008|
|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), 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.
Suffering a severe knee injury at age 20, he was forced to leave a prospective professional basketball career awaiting him.
November 26, 1988 |
|Height||2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||200 kg (441 lb)|
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. Hafþór won several contests in 2010 including Strongest Man in Iceland, Iceland's Strongest Viking, Westfjords Viking, and recently the OK Badur Strongman Championships in Iceland.
Hafþór finished in second place at the inaugural Jon Pall Sigmarsson Classic, behind Brian Shaw. He won the 2011 Strongest Man in Iceland contest on June 4, 2011, and the 2011 Iceland's Strongest Man contest on June 18, 2011.
Hafþór came fourth in the Giants Live Poland 2011 event on August 6, 2011.
World's Strongest Man
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 to the eventual winner, the Lithuanian Žydrūnas Savickas.
Hafþór was cast as Gregor Clegane for the fourth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones in August 2013. 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.
- Squat – 350 kg (770 lbs) raw
- Bench press – 230 kg (507 lbs) raw
- Tire deadlift – 420 kg (994 lbs) raw with wrist straps
- Loglift – 192.5 kg (424 lbs)
- Deadlift 410 kg (903.8 lbs) raw with wrist straps
- Loglift 190 kg (418.8 lbs)
Filmography / television
- 2012–2013: The World's Strongest Man as himself – competitor (TV series)
- 2014: Game of Thrones as Gregor Clegane (HBO TV series)
- 2014: Zon 261 as Big John – Icelandic Viking Squad (post-production)
- "Hafthor Bjornsson". www.stongman.org. Strongman. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
- Eurobasket: Hafþór Björnsson page
- Magnus Ver Magnusson: Icelandic Strongman Scout. Ironmind.com (2010-05-29). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
- Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson. vodvafikn.net
- Haffþór Júlíusson Björnsson wins Iceland’s OK Budar Strongman Contest. Ironmind.com (2010-08-10). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
- Brian Shaw Wins the Inaugural Jon Pall Sigmarsson Classic Strongman Contest. Ironmind.com (2010-11-22). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
- Hafthor Julius Bjornsson Wins the Strongest Man in Iceland. Ironmind.com (2011-06-06). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
- Hafthor Julius Bjornsson Wins Iceland’s Strongest Man. Ironmind.com (2011-06-19). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
- Giants Live–Poland: Radzikowski, Jenkins and Baron Make WSM Cut . . . Bjornsson Gets Wild Card. Ironmind.com (2011-08-08). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
- Cindy Boren (May 19, 2014). "‘Game of Thrones’ villain is second-strongest man in the world". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
- Iceland Review: Hafþór Júlíus Runner up in World’s Strongest Man Comp
- "Mountain Recast". WinterIsComing.net. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
- Jay Hathaway (June 4, 2014). "Watch The Mountain from Game of Thrones Deadlift Almost 1,000 Pounds". Gawker.com. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
- Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson Facebook
- Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson at the Internet Movie Database
- Eurobasket.com: Hafþór Björnsson page