November 18, 2010 / 2:50 AM / 9 years ago

"Hulk" actor joins Arizona sheriff's posse

Actor Lou Ferrigno gestures at the premiere of "This Is It" in Los Angeles October 27, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Television ‘Hulk’ actor Lou Ferrigno has joined an Arizona sheriff’s posse targeting illegal immigrants in the Phoenix valley area, the sheriff’s office said on Wednesday.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Ferrigno, 59, a body builder who donned green makeup to star in the popular 1970s television series ‘The Incredible Hulk,’ was among 56 people sworn in as volunteers for an armed immigration posse.

Arpaio said the posse would work with sheriff’s deputies in operations targeting smugglers and businesses suspected of employing illegal immigrants in the county, among other duties.

Arizona passed a tough law earlier this year requiring police to determine the immigration status of people they suspected were in the country illegally. Key parts were stayed by a U.S. federal judge before it came into effect in late July.

Reporting by Tim Gaynor, editing by Peter Bohan

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