Apollon, born Louis Uni in Marsillargues in 1862, was a massively influential French strongman and performer. Cutting a large figure from a young age, Apollon ran away from home at the age of 14 to join the circus as a strongman. Apollon was noted for his grip strength but his brute strength was notable as well — the frenchman could clean and jerk 341 lbs. and famously hoisted two train wheels, weighing 366 lbs., overhead. This is where the familiar strongman implement "Apollon's Wheels" gets its name." In our second Legend's series installment, we visit Apollon's hometown as well as some notable locations from the strongman's life.
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ADDITIONAL APOLLON FOOTAGE
Mare Nostrum Film
Apollon's brief foray into the cinematic arts, this silent film tells the story of a WWI Spanish army captain who falls in love with a German spy. Apollon plays "the Triton", the lead's character's uncle who regales the boy with stories of the sea.
Visual Tour of Marsillargues, France
In this extended clip, we see Apollon's birth place from the street and from the air. Set in the scenic south of France near the Mediterranean Sea.