Arnold Schwarzenegger. biography
Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947, in Graz, Austria and turned to bodybuilding and Hercules films to evade his father Gustav’s, a former member of the Nazi Party, physical abuse. Primarily made in the U.S., his film obsession quickly transformed into an American dream.
With the help of Joe Weider, the face behind the International Federation of Body Building, in 1968, Arnold immigrated to the U.S. and took over the less popular sport of bodybuilding with six Mr. Olympia and five Mr. Universe titles. His immediate success, overly confident and outgoing personality was later put on display in the documentary Pumping Iron (1977), which ultimately put the sport back into spotlight.
After landing his first starring role in both Conan the Barbarian (1982) and Conan the Destroyer (1984), Arnold grab the attention of moviegoers as a killing machine in The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).
Arnold continued his rein as a muscle-bound, action star with memorable starring roles in Predator (1987), The Running Man (1987) and Total Recall (1990) before showing off his comedic, softer side in Twins (1988) opposite Danny DeVito, Kindergarten Cop (1990) and Jingle All the Way (1996).
Also around the time, Arnold returned to the action genre in True Lies (1994) opposite Jamie Lee Curtis followed by Eraser (1996), Batman & Robin (1997), The 6th Day (2000), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003).
After tying the knot with Maria Owings Shriver, Arnold shocked many when he decided to enter the California’s governor’s race in 2003, which he went on to win. His famous line pointed at Democrats, “If they don’t have the guts, I call them ‘girlie-men,’ officially made him California’s most creative governor and helped him secure his spot for re-election in 2006.
In part of failing to improve the state’s economical state, Arnold left office and later announced he was divorcing Maria due to his illegitimate child with one of the household staff in 2011.
Arnold also returned to the big screen in The Expendables (2010) and The Expendables 2 (2012).
The Governator’s most recent projects include The Last Stand (2013), Escape Plan (2013) with Sylvester Stallone, Sabotage (2014), The Expendables 3 (2014), Terminator 5 (2015), the comedy Triplets (unknown release date) opposite Danny DeVito, and The Legend of Conan (unknown).
Did you know…
- He grew up in a house with no toilet, no phone and no fridge
- His dad was a Nazi
- His wife is the niece of JFK and RFK
- He was the first private citizen in the US to own a Humvee
- He was named Mr. Universe in 1968
- He broke his leg skiing in 2006