Ed Corney

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Ed Corney
Born(1933-11-09)November 9, 1933
DiedJanuary 1, 2019(2019-01-01) (aged 85)
EducationSaint Louis School

Ed Corney (November 9, 1933 – January 1, 2019) was an American professional bodybuilder. He won many prizes in his 30s, including Mr. Universe twice (in 1971 and 1972), and Mr. America once (in 1972). He resumed competitive bodybuilding in his 60s, when he won the 60+ division of the Masters Olympia twice.

He appeared in the 1977 docudrama Pumping Iron, as well as the "Dead Lift" episode from The Streets of San Francisco broadcast that same year (in which Arnold Schwarzenegger played one of his first prominent roles).

Early life[edit]

Corney was born on November 9, 1933 in Honolulu, Hawaii.[1] He graduated from Saint Louis School in 1952, and he served in the United States Coast Guard.[1] He subsequently moved to San Jose, California, where he became "a full-time bar owner and bouncer."[1]

Bodybuilding career[edit]

Corney took up bodybuilding at 27,[1] and he first competed at the age of 35.[2] He entered and won his first contest in 1967, the Mr. Fremont, held in Northern California.[1] He wins the following year. He also won: Mr. Heart of California, Mr. Northern California and Mr. Golden West.[3] He continued to climb the bodybuilding ladder with wins at the 1970 Iron Man, the 1971 AAU Mr. California, the 1971 IFBB Mr. USA, and the 1972 IFBB Mr. America. He also won the IFBB Mr. Universe twice: in New York City in 1971, and in Baghdad, Iraq in 1972.[1] He also won the IFBB Mr. America in 1972,[4] Mr. World in 1973, and Mr. World in 1974.[1] Corney appeared in the 1977 movie Pumping Iron.[5] He was also featured on the cover of its book version, Pumping Iron: The Art and Sport of Bodybuilding by Charles Gaines and George Butler.[4]

Corney continued to compete in the 1980s.[4] At the time, he admitted to using steroids, but he explained that training should be the bedrock of bodybuilding.[4] He added that he was "97 percent training and three percent steroids."[4] In 1994, Corney won the 60+ division of the Masters Olympia.[6] He won again in 1995, he was placed 11th overall in 1996, and he took second in the 60+ division in 1997.[7] He also competed in 1998 in the only Masters event ever to be held at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic.[7] Corney remained active in the sport up until his death. He was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2004.[8]

Personal life and death[edit]

Corney resided in San Jose, California.[2] In 1999, he suffered a heart attack while undergoing shoulder replacement surgery. A blood thinning medication that was given to him to treat the heart attack caused him to suffer two strokes. After a short period in a coma and some time using a wheelchair, Corney fought his way back to health.[citation needed]

Corney had a brain aneurysm on December 25, 2018, and died on January 1, 2019, at the age of 85 in Hughson, California.[3][9] Shortly after his death, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted, "Ed Corney was a jewel of a guy. He was one of the greatest posers bodybuilding has ever seen, and he was a fantastic training partner. He inspired me and I’ll miss him dearly. My thoughts are with his family."[9]


  • Height: 5' 7"
  • Weight: 195 lbs



Mr California - AAU, 5th
Mr Northern California - AAU, Winner


Mr Western America - AAU, Winner


Mr America - AAU, 11th
Mr California - AAU, Most Muscular, 2nd
Mr California - AAU, Did not place
Iron Man, Winner


Mr America - AAU, 4th
Mr America - IFBB, Short, 1st
Mr California - AAU, Most Muscular, 1st
Mr California - AAU, Winner
Mr USA - IFBB, Short, 1st
Mr USA - IFBB, Overall Winner
Universe - IFBB, Medium, 3rd


Mr America - IFBB, Short, 1st
Mr America - IFBB, Overall Winner
Mr International - IFBB, Short, 1st
Universe - IFBB, Medium, 1st
Universe - IFBB, Overall Winner


Mr World - IFBB, Medium, 1st


Mr International - IFBB, Short, 1st
Mr World - IFBB, Short, 1st


1975 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, LightWeight, 2nd
Universe - Pro - IFBB, 2nd
World Pro Championships - IFBB, LightWeight, 2nd


1976 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, LightWeight, 3rd


1977 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, LightWeight, 2nd
1977 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, Overall, 3rd


Night of Champions - IFBB, 4th
1978 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, LightWeight, 4th
1978 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, Overall, 7th


Canada Pro Cup - IFBB, Did not place
Florida Pro Invitational - IFBB, 7th
Grand Prix Pennsylvania - IFBB, Did not place
Night of Champions - IFBB, 8th
1979 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, LightWeight, 9th
Pittsburgh Pro Invitational - IFBB, 8th
Universe - Pro - IFBB, 5th
World Pro Championships - IFBB, 5th


Grand Prix Miami - IFBB, 6th
Grand Prix Pennsylvania - IFBB, 6th
Night of Champions - IFBB, 4th
1980 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, 11th
Pittsburgh Pro Invitational - IFBB, 6th
Universe - Pro - IFBB, Did not place
World Pro Championships - IFBB, Did not place


1981 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, 13th


1983 Mr. Olympia - IFBB, 14th


Super Bowl of Bodybuilding - PBA, 4th


Olympia - Masters - IFBB, Masters 60+, 1st
Olympia - Masters - IFBB, 10th


Olympia - Masters - IFBB, Masters 60+, 1st
Olympia - Masters - IFBB, 11th


Olympia - Masters - IFBB, 11th


Olympia - Masters - IFBB, Masters 60+, 2nd


Arnold Classic - IFBB, Masters, 10th


IFBB Hall Of Fame[8]

Further reading[edit]

  • Kight, Pete. (1978, February/March). Ed Corney. Muscle Digest. 2(1), pp. 50–52, 54.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Hogan, Carol (August 8, 1983). "Corney left volleyball in the sand for a whole new game in the gym". The Honolulul Advertiser. p. 32. Retrieved January 2, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ a b Murayama, Curtis (May 13, 1979). "Here's one show for every body". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. p. 100. Retrieved January 2, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ a b Magnante, Matthew (January 2, 2018). "Hall of Fame Bodybuilder Ed Corney Passes Away at 85". Fitness Volt. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e Larcombe, James E. (October 19, 1985). "Pumping iron has its rewards". The Missoulian. p. 11. Retrieved January 2, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ Pollock, Dale (June 3, 1977). "Freaks Become Human in 'Pumping Iron'". Santa Cruz Sentinel. p. 18. Retrieved January 2, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Kent (September 10, 1994). "Murray again reigns supreme as Ms. Olympia. Robinson beats Ferrigno for 1st Master Olympia title". The Atlanta Constitution. p. 53. Retrieved January 2, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ a b "Ed Corney | IFBB Professional League". Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  8. ^ a b "IFBB Hall of Fame Inductees 1999-2011" (PDF). IFBB. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Arnold Schwarzenegger leads tributes to Hall of Fame bodybuilder Ed Corney". South China Morning Post. 2019-01-05. Retrieved 2019-01-08.

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