Fast Facts

  • 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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