EXPIRED: 01/11/10 – Joe Rollino, 104, was, at one time, the strongest man on earth. He didn’t eat meat, didnt smoke and didn’t drink. He ate oatmeal daily and swam in the ocean off of the Brooklyn seashore year round. And he’d walk 5 miles every morning, rain or shine.
That’s what got him in trouble.
When crossing the street on his way to a deli to buy the morning paper, something he did every day, he was no match for a speeding minivan.
Back in his day, Rollino was able to lift 475 pounds with his teeth and amazed the world with his remarkable feats of strength, usually from the boardwalks of Coney Island.
Known as “Kid Dundee” in his boxing days, Rollino, stood 5’5″ and weighed between 125 – 150 lbs, once raised 635 pounds with one finger and moved 3,200 with his back.
When not boxing, he worked as a longshoreman and once got a bit part in the 1954 Marlon Brando movie “On the Waterfront.” His big scene wound up on the cutting-room floor.
But in reality, he was the real thing.