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Born: June 26, 1955
Age: 61
Height: 5’8″ – 173 cm
Contest Weight: 230 lbs – 104 kg
Off-Season Weight: 240 lbs – 108 kg Star Profile: Tom Platz - The Golden Eagle

Thomas Steven Platz (born June 26, 1955 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma) is an American retired professional bodybuilder. His nicknames are “The Golden Eagle” and “The Quadfather”. He is also occasionally referred to as “Quadzilla”, though this moniker is most widely associated with deceased pro bodybuilder, Paul Demayo.


Tom Platz began his competitive bodybuilding career in the 1973 Mr. Adonis competition. He competed as an amateur until he won the 1978 World Amateur Championships middleweight division. In 1978 and after completing his degree at Wayne State University, he moved to California. He arrived there with $50 and a dream to win Mr. Olympia. For the following nine years Platz competed as a professional, aiming for Mr. Olympia. Though Platz never took first at the Olympia competition, he had a string of top ten finishes, with a third position in 1981 being his best.

Platz became famous for his remarkable leg development. He developed a high intensity, high volume method of leg training, which led to his unparalleled size and definition for his time. Regardless of what was found lacking elsewhere, it is still widely claimed in bodybuilding circles that Platz holds the mark for the best legs in bodybuilding of his time and some of the best legs in bodybuilding ever. Flex readers agree: In a “best bodyparts of the 20th century” poll, Platz was deemed to have the best quads and hamstrings of all time.

Tom Platz retired from professional bodybuilding competition in 1987 and did a ‘Comeback’ in 1995 when he was awarded Honorary Mr. America. He still promotes the sport wholeheartedly. Tom says, “I just want to give back to the sport I love which has been really great to me.” He played the part of “Body Builder” in the 1990 film Book of Love. His character portrayed the Charles Atlas-like character from those “tired of bullies kicking sand in your face and stealing your girlfriend”-type of advertisements that were in a lot of comic books for decades.

Tom Platz was and is one of the most sought-after guest speakers in the world of bodybuilding, nutrition and general fitness. He was a Professor and the Director of Bodybuilding Sciences at ISSA for 14 years. Tom has a Masters in Fitness Science, Bachelors in Science Physiology and Nutrition from Wayne State University and Michigan State University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California. Star Profile: Tom Platz - The Golden Eagle

Contest history

  • 1973 Mr. Adonis – AAU
  • 1973 Mr. Ironman – AAU
  • 1974 Teen Mr. America – AAU, 2nd
  • 1974 Junior & Senior State Powerlifting Championships – AAU, 220 Class Champ
  • 1975 Mr. Michigan – AAU
  • 1976 Mr. America – AAU, Short, 3rd
  • 1977 Mr. Southeastern USA – AAU
  • 1977 Mr. America – AAU, Short, 2nd
  • 1978 World Amateur Championships – IFBB Mr. Universe
  • 1978 Mr. America – AAU, Short, 2nd
  • 1979 Mr. Olympia, 8th
  • 1980 Grand Prix: Lafayette, Louisiana, 9th
  • 1980 Grand Prix: Pittsburgh, 10th
  • 1980 Night Of Champions – IFBB, 12th
  • 1980 Mr. Olympia, 9th
  • 1980 World Pro Championships – Mr. Universe, 2nd
  • 1981 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
  • 1982 Mr. Olympia, 6th
  • 1984 Mr. Olympia, 10th
  • 1985 Mr. Olympia, 7th
  • 1986 Mr. Olympia, 11th
  • 1987 Detroit Pro Invitational – IFBB, 6th
  • 1995 Honorary Mr. America – AAU


Pro-style Bodybuilding by Tom Platz (Author), Bill Reynolds (Author)


  • Who Killed Johnny Love? (1998) …. Emcee
  • 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997) …. Head of Hugo
  • Book of Love (1990) …. Bodybuilder
  • Twins (1988) …. Granger Son #1
  • The Comeback (also known as Arnold Schwarzenegger – Total Rebuild to Mr. Olympia) (1980) …. Himself
  • Flex…Body Love (1991) …. Tom Steel, bodybuilder Star Profile: Tom Platz - The Golden Eagle


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