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Chris Dickerson
(1939 - living) U.S.A.

Chris Dickerson

Professional bodybuilder


Something of a Renaissance man, Dickerson studied music and is an accomplished opera singer. Chris' career spanned 30 years and included approximately 50 contests. Over the decades, he built a dense and symmetrical physique augmented by a dramatic style of posing. Chris earned third place at the 1965 Mr. Long Beach (California), his first contest; he placed fourth at the 1994 IFBB Masters Olympia, his last contest.

Two particular achievements stand out in Dickerson's long career: he became the first African American Mr. America in 1970, and by winning the IFBB Mr. Olympia in 1982 in London, at age 43, he became the most senior winner of the sport's most prestigious contest.

In addition to the 1982 IFBB Mr. Olympia, Dickerson won nine other IFBB pro shows in the late '70s and early '80s, making him one of the most successful competitors of all time.

Chris was master of ceremonies at the physique competition at Gay Games III in Vancouver in 1990. Dickerson lives in Manhattan, where he has a thriving personal-training business. Aiding Dickerson throughout his career was 1999 Hall of Famer Bill Pearl.


His titles are:

  • Junior Mr. USA 1966
  • Mr. New York State 1966
  • Mr. California 1967
  • Mr. USA 1968
  • Mr. America 1970
  • Mr. Olympia 1982
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