- Fled his native Hungary for the U.S. in 1947 in order to escape the Soviet military draft.
- Won the National Amateur BodyBuilders Association's Mr. Universe title in 1955.
- When actress Jayne Mansfield saw him in Mae West's New York nightclub act, she reportedly told a waiter at the club, "I'll have a steak and the man on the left." The two married in 1958.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, a fellow former bodybuilder, played him in the 1980 TV-movie The Jayne Mansfield Story.
- Final acting appearance was a guest-starring role on a 2003 episode of NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, opposite his daughter, series star Mariska Hargitay.
- Was inducted into the Muscle Beach Venice Bodybuilding Hall of Fame in May 2006.
- Mariska Hargitay — Daughter
- Mary Birge — Ex-wife
- Miklós "Mickey" Hargitay Jr. — Son
- Zoltan Hargitay — Son
- Tina Hargitay West — Daughter
- Jayne Mansfield — Ex-wife
- Maria Rothsischer Hargitay — Mother
- Ellen Siano Hargitay — Wife
- Ferenc Hargitay — Father
- Eddie Hargitay — Brother
- Eva Nemeth — Sister
- Birth Name: Miklós Hargitay
- Birth Place: Budapest, Hungary
- Birthday: January 6, 1926, Capricorn
- Died: September 14, 2006
- Profession: Actor, Bodybuilder
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