December 26, 1906-December 06, 1991
Born and reared in Arizona, Goodrich’s childhood home was near a river in which he honed his swimming skills, before later becoming interested in putting the shot and running the 100-yard dash in college. His athletic skills were a perfect mix for his work as a movie stunt-double, where he placed himself in danger so Buster Crabbe, John Wayne, Ken Maynard and other major stars could continue their careers unscarred.
His muscular foundation began in 1928 when he first worked out in David Willoughby’s Gym in Los Angeles.
On April 23, 1939, Goodrich entered his first bodybuilding competition, the Bronx YMHA (Young Men’s Hebrew Association) Greater New York Best Built Man contest. He beat 54 other contestants to win the tall-class and overall decisions.
Six weeks later, on June 10, 1939, in Amsterdam, New York, Goodrich won the contest that resulted in his national physique fame: the America’s Best Physique Contest, also known as the Mr. America.
In 1948, he jointly promoted the Mr. USA contest with Vic Tanny. A few years later, he acted as a talent scout, helping to recruit musclemen for Mae West’s touring nightclub act, long before the first Chippendale’s dancer was born.
As a gym owner with seven locations, his main facility was at 6624 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
The venerable Association of Oldetime Barbell and Strongmen honored Goodrich on May 23, 1987, for his 1939 Mr. America win, for his 1985 Pioneer of Physical Fitness Award and for his Hollywood Stuntman’s Award of 1986.
Hall of Fame Inductees for 2003