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Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈhafθour ˈjuːliʏs ˈpjœsːɔn]; born November 26, 1988) is an Icelandic professional strongman, actor, and former professional basketball player. He plays Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
Björnsson Arnold Classic 2017.jpg
Björnsson in March 2017
Born (1988-11-26) November 26, 1988 (age 28)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Other names Thor
The Mountain
Occupation Strongman, actor, basketball player
Years active 2010–present (strongman)
Height 206 cm (6 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 180 kg (400 lb)[1]
Website Official website

Contents

CareerEdit

Basketball careerEdit

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
Personal information
Listed height 206 cm (6 ft 9 in)
Career information
Playing career 2004–2008
Position Center
Career history
2004–2005 Breiðablik
2005–2006 FSu
2006–2007 KR
2007–2008 FSu

Hafþór began his sports career as a basketball player. At 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)[2] he started his senior team career with Division I club Breiðablik in 2004. In 2005 he joined FSu Selfoss in the Icelandic Division I. After 10 games it was discovered that he had been playing with a broken bone in his ankle and would require surgery. After recovering from surgery, Hafþór moved to Úrvalsdeild powerhouse KR in 2006.[3] He missed most of the 2006-2007 season after a screw in his ankle shattered and had to be fixed by another surgery.[4]

For the 2007–2008 season, he moved back to play for FSu Selfoss. For the season he averaged 6.7 points on 63.8% shooting,[5] helping the team achieve promotion to the Úrvalsdeild.[6] The troublesome ankle forced him to retire from basketball after the season at the age of 20.[7][8]

Between 2004 and 2006 Hafþór played 32 games for the Icelandic junior national basketball teams.[9] In 2006 he played 8 games with Iceland's U-18 national team in Division A of the U18 European Championship.[10]

Strongman careerEdit

Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson
 
At the 2015 Caledonian Club Highland Games
Personal information
Occupation Strongman
Height 206 cm (6 ft 9 in)

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.[11] Hafþór won several strongman contests in Iceland in 2010 including Strongest Man in Iceland, Iceland's Strongest Viking, Westfjords Viking,[12] and five of six events at the OK Badur Strongman Championships.[13]

Hafþór finished in second place at the inaugural Jón Páll Sigmarsson Classic in November 2010, behind Brian Shaw.[14] He won the 2011 Strongest Man in Iceland contest on June 4, 2011,[15] and the 2011 Iceland's Strongest Man contest on June 18, 2011.[16]

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

On 31 January 2015, Hafþór beat a 1,000-year-old record set by Orm Storolfsson at the World's Strongest Viking competition in Norway, where he carried a 10-metre-long (33 ft), 650-kilogram (1,430 lb) log for five steps.[17]

World's Strongest ManEdit

Hafþór took part in World's Strongest Man after earning a wild card invitation to the 2011 contest.[18] He came sixth overall.

Taking part again in ensuing years, he placed third in 2012, 2013 and 2015. He finished runner-up in 2014 event[19] to Žydrūnas Savickas and again in the 2016 event to Brian Shaw.[20]

Icelandic Mountain VodkaEdit

Since 2016, Hafþór has been the spokesperson and co-owner of Icelandic Mountain Vodka.[21]

ActingEdit

Hafþór was cast as Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane for the fourth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones in August 2013.[22] This was his first main acting role, and he is the third person to depict the character after Conan Stevens played the role in season 1 and Ian Whyte in season 2. He became the first actor to portray Clegane in more than one season with his appearances in season 4, season 5, season 6 and season 7.[23] Hafþór was cast for the role of Mongkut in the 2017 film Kickboxer: Retaliation.

Hafþór played the lead role in the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire during their debut season in 2015. He appeared as "King Thor," the leader of a Viking raiding party intent on capturing the city of Amman.[24]

Personal lifeEdit

In March 2017, Hafþór was diagnosed with Bell's palsy.[25]

Personal recordsEdit

  • Squat – 440 kg (970 lbs) raw[26]
  • Bench press – 230 kg (528 lbs) raw
  • Tire deadlift – 460 kg (994 lbs) raw with wrist straps[26]
  • Deadlift – 460 kg (1014 lbs) 4.625 cronans raw with straps[27]
  • Log Press – 206.5 kg (455 lbs)
  • Log carry – [5 steps] 650 kg (1433 lbs)[28]
  • Keg throw – 7.15 m (world record)[29]

Training lifts

  • Deadlift 450 kg (990 lbs) raw with wrist straps
  • Log Press 206.5 kg (455 lbs)
  • Squat 300 kg (660 lbs) for 10 reps, raw without knee wraps
  • Bench Press 220 kg (485 lbs) for 8 reps, raw

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Zon 261 (aka "Operation Ragnarok") Big John – Icelandic Viking Squad
2017 Devilish Deeds Psycho Phil Bell Currently in pre-production
2017 Beast Currently in pre-production
2017 Kickboxer: Retaliation Mongkut Currently filming

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2012–2017 The World's Strongest Man Himself – competitor
2014–present Game of Thrones Gregor Clegane Recurring role
2015 A League of Their Own Himself Series 9, Episode 7
2016 Heavy Bubbles Himself

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Hafþór Björnsson. theworldsstrongestman.com
  2. ^ "Hafthor Bjornsson". www.strongman.org. Strongman. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ Hafþór Björnsson genginn til liðs við KR
  4. ^ Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson leikur ekki meira á þessari leiktíð
  5. ^ FSu 2007-2008 statistics
  6. ^ FSu í úrvalsdeildina í körfu karla
  7. ^ About Hafþór
  8. ^ Hafþór Júlíus: Ofvirki Skagastrákurinn sem breyttist í vöðvafjall
  9. ^ Landslið unglinga- og drengja
  10. ^ FIBA Europe - Hafthor Bjornsson
  11. ^ Magnus Ver Magnusson: Icelandic Strongman Scout. Ironmind.com (May 29, 2010). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  12. ^ Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson. vodvafikn.net
  13. ^ Haffþór Júlíusson Björnsson wins Iceland’s OK Budar Strongman Contest. Ironmind.com (August 10, 2010). Archived on December 10, 2011.
  14. ^ Brian Shaw Wins the Inaugural Jon Pall Sigmarsson Classic Strongman Contest. Ironmind.com (November 22, 2010). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  15. ^ Hafthor Julius Bjornsson Wins the Strongest Man in Iceland. Ironmind.com (June 6, 2011). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  16. ^ Hafthor Julius Bjornsson Wins Iceland’s Strongest Man. Ironmind.com (June 19, 2011). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  17. ^ "Hafthor Wins World's Strongest Viking, Sets Sights on World's Strongest Man". IronMind. 1 January 2015. 
  18. ^ Giants Live–Poland: Radzikowski, Jenkins and Baron Make WSM Cut . . . Bjornsson Gets Wild Card. Ironmind.com (August 8, 2011). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  19. ^ Cindy Boren (May 19, 2014). "'Game of Thrones' villain is second-strongest man in the world". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  20. ^ Iceland Review: Hafþór Júlíus Runner up in World’s Strongest Man Comp
  21. ^ "Icelandic Mountain Vodka". www.urban-drinks.co.uk. Urban Drinks. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  22. ^ "Mountain Recast". WinterIsComing.net. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  23. ^ "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. 
  24. ^ "Mountain Comes to Philly Ren Faire". Philadelphia Magazine. April 8, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  25. ^ "'The Mountain' Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson has Bell's palsy". theconversation.com. April 6, 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  26. ^ 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. 
  27. ^ "Thor and Benny Magnusson, 420 and 445 kg Deadlift". YouTube.com. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  28. ^ "The Mountain from 'Game of Thrones' Breaks 1,000-Year-Old Weightlifting Record". Bleacher Report. Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Hafthor Bjornsson Breaks His Own Keg Toss World Record in Botswana". 15 August 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 

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