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Peter Lupus

Peter Lupus

Jun. 17th, 1932
Born in
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
6' 4

Peter Lupus' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Mission: Impossible TV Show
Mission: Impossible
Police Squad! TV Show
Police Squad!

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Peter Lupus Jr is an American bodybuilder and actor. He attended the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University, where he also played football and basketball, graduating in 1954.
Lupus played Willy Armitage in the original Mission: Impossible television series in the 1960s. Armitage was the Impossible Missions Force's muscle man, and featured in nearly all episodes of the series. The character of Willy Armitage was the strong, silent type, usually with very little dialogue. Late in the show's run, during season five, the producers decided that his character was superfluous and he was dropped to recurring status, appearing in a little over half of that season's episodes. Outcry from fans and lack of success in finding a replacement for his character resulted in his return to regular status the following season and to his getting a greater role in the stories, often assuming disguises as a convict or a thug. Only Lupus and Greg Morris sustained regular roles through the show's entire run, although Morris appeared in more episodes.
Lupus's other television work included a guest spot as Tarzan on Jack Benny's television show, a boxer with a glass jaw on The Joey Bishop Show, a caveman on an episode of Fantasy Island, and the recurring role of Detective Norberg on the short-lived sitcom Police Squad!.

  • Holds two world records for lifting a total of 76,280 pounds in 27 minutes, set in 2002 at age 70. He plans on breaking both of his world records again on his birthday in June 2007, at age 75.
  • Bodybuilding titles: Mr. Indianapolis (1954), Mr. Indiana (1960), Mr. Hercules and the world title of Mr. International Health Physique
  • Wife Sharon is a fitness consultant. They met in the 1950s when she visited the gym that Peter owned in Indiana. They kept their marriage a secret for a time because of the voluminous fan mail from women he was receiving during his run on _"Mission: Impossible" (1966)_ (qv).
  • Father of actor 'Peter Lupus III' (qv).
  • He was hired by the US Army to appear in a series of commercials playing the role of Superman with the permission of "Detective Comics" (aka National Periodical Publications, now known as DC Comics). He did so for many months until the Playgirl pictorial was published. He then subsequently was terminated and the Army for many years later did no longer produce recruitment commercials for broadcast television. The Vietnam War was also a too still fresh memory in many Americans' minds. He distanced himself from the magazine since the 1980s and has declined further pictorials in later years.
  • A month after his 75th birthday on July 19, 2007 he broke his own weight-lifting endurance record of 76,280 pounds in 27 minutes that he had set in 2002 at age 70 by lifting 77,560 pounds in 24 minute and 50 seconds.
  • Posed nude as Playgirl's Man of the Month for April, 1974.
  • Along with 'Greg Morris (I)' (qv), he is one of only two _"Mission: Impossible" (1966)_ (qv) cast members to stay with the series throughout its entire run.

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