After attending Rochester University, he moved to Los Angeles, transferring to UCLA. He enlisted in the Coast Guard in World War II, serving until discharge due to injury. He completed his degree in physical therapy.
Tanny, the younger brother of fitness entrepreneur Vic Tanny, was a weightlifter prior to becoming a bodybuilder. He placed first in both the 1949 Pro. Mr. America and the 1950 Mr. USA competitions.
Later, as one of a group of bodybuilders in Mae West's nightclub act, he organized a strike when West attempted to reduce pay of the group.
- Thurbur, Jon (April 8, 2009). "Armand Tanny dies at 90; Muscle Beach bodybuilder won national titles in '49, '50". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 12 April 2009. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
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