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Armand Tanny Dead at Age 90


Another member of the Muscle Beach crew has passed away. Armand Tanny is dead at the age of 90.

Armand was born in 1919 in Rochester, New York. Tanny was a prodigy, appearing in muscle magazines at the young age of 14. By the age of 22, Armand Tanny had competed in the Junior Nationals in the sport of Olympic lifting.

Tanny also served in the Navy during WWII, and spent some time as a professional wrestler, before finally moving on to Muscle Beach and the competitive bodybuilding realm. Armand Tanny was also a writer for Muscle and Fitness, and Flex magazines.

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  • stan paltin Aug 24,2010 at 11:02 pm

    i am now 74 years old. although i didn,t realize it at the time -i lived during some of the best years of my life at santa monicas muscle beach. i was 17 at the time and trained at vic tanny’s “dungeon” at 4th and broadway with all of
    the great bodybuilders of that era. ZABO doing 500 roman chair situps in the morning and then going to the beach for more workout. ARMAND was such a nice guy! he took me under his wing. Taught me how to kick a football in the sand (he could kick it over 5o yards -in the sand. once i got out of schooli got an apt at “will rogers state beach” and Armand used to visit and we would go body surfing plus he taught he to drink his concoction of black strap molasses, calcium powder, and disacated liver. i credit him with helping me to live a healthy life! no tobacco, no liquor, a good nites sleep a natural diet for the most part. armand used to tell me that if the food was in a box or a can..not to eat it. i shall always remember armand for the rest of my life……what a great guy! the proof is that he lived to 90!

  • joseph Jul 9,2009 at 4:54 pm

    This is a shame.

    The men of Tanny’s era were the greatest in my mind. They took their bodies and created true art work.

    I agree Johnny G, drugs ruined this sport.

  • Muscle and Brawn Apr 13,2009 at 4:59 am

    Roger that.

  • Johnny G Apr 10,2009 at 12:43 pm

    he was a real man at a time when men were men and not a steroid freak as they are today – KEEP IT CLEAN GUYS

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