Joe Weider

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Birthday
29, 1920
Birthplace
Canada
Death Date
Mar 23, 2013 (92)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
29, 1920
Birthplace
Canada
Death Date
Mar 23, 2013 (92)

About

Remembered for co-founding the International Federation of BodyBuilders and for establishing the Ms. Olympia and Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competitions, this Canadian bodybuilder and entrepreneur also published such fitness magazines as Shape, Flex, and Men's Fitness.

Before Fame

Raised in Quebec, Canada, by Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, he started a magazine titled Your Physique when he was just seventeen years old. Decades later, the publication was renamed Muscle & Fitness.

Trivia

He was investigated, and eventually sued, for several instances of false advertising. In one such case (in the early 1970s), one of his nutritional supplement products falsely claimed to result in a one-pound-per-day weight gain.

Family Life

His first marriage, to Vicky Uzar, resulted in a daughter named Lydia. He later married pin-up model Betty Brosmer, who helped him write several books on the topic of bodybuilding.

Associated With

In 2006, fellow bodybuilder and then-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger honored Weider, his longtime mentor, with a Venice Muscle Beach Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.