Bill Pearl

Born October 31, 1930
Prineville, Oregon, USA


Bill Pearl was an outstanding wrestler in the US Navy before he turned his attentions to bodybuilding. He won the AAU Mr. America title in 1953 and, later that year, took top spot at the NABBA Amateur Mr. Universe.

In 1956, Bill won the AAU Mr. USA. Other major wins were the 1961, 1967 and 1971 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe. Bill broke barriers with his combination of proportion and size. For his 1971 Pro Mr. Universe win, where at age 41 he beat Sergio Oliva, Bill weighed 237 pounds, which at that time was astounding for a man who stood less than six feet.

After his contest career ended, Bill became one of the sport’s leading training authorities and was mentor to, among others, 1982 IFBB Mr. Olympia Chris Dickerson. Bill’s first book on bodybuilding, “Keys to the Inner Universe”, quickly became recognized as a seminal work.

Over and above his stage exploits, Bill is renowned as a true gentleman of the sport whose fame has left him unaffected. He resides today in Medford, Oregon, and has co-authorized his latest book – “Getting in Shape”.


Hall of Fame Inductees for 1999