Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor who has earned the nickname, “the terminator,” for appearing in Cameron’s ‘Terminator’ franchise. Like that wasn’t enough, Arnold served twice as the Governor of California and married into the prestigious Kennedy family.
He was born on July 30, 1947, in Thal, near Graz, Austria.
His father was Gustav Schwarzenegger (Graz, 17 August 1907 – 1 December 1972) and his mother was Aurelia Schwarzenegger (born Jadrny) (2 July 1922 – 2 August 1998), who got married in Murzsteg, on October 20, 1945.
Arnold’s father, Gustav, was the local police chief, and the family lived above the police station where Gustav worked.
He first got into organized competitive sports at the age of 10. Schwarzenegger played soccer passionately for almost 5 years.
In 1965, he entered the Austrian army to fulfill his obligatory 1 year of service.
By the time he reached the age of 20, Schwarzenegger was the youngest person to become Mr. Universe.
In 1967, Arnold competed in and won the Munich stone-lifting contest. In the event, Schwarzenegger lifted a stone weighing 508 German pounds (560 lbs/254 kg) between his legs while standing on two foot rests before successfully placing it on the raised platform.
In 1968, Schwarzenegger moved to America with $27,000 to his name and proceeded to make his 1st million dollars not by acting but through savvy real-estate investments. In the same year, he started his own mail-order business under the name Arnold Strong, selling training supplies.
In 1970, Arnold made his debut on the big screen when he played Hercules in Hercules in New York.
In 1979, Arnold graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a major in international marketing of fitness and business administration.
His big breakthrough was in 1982 with Conan the Barbarian and the sequel Conan the Destroyer (1984).
In 1984, he gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon, noted for his lead role in the movie ”Terminator.”
During an interview posted by Beerdy, Arnold said about his work with Terminator director James Cameron:
”James Cameron is one person before the movie starts and another person when the movie begins. And he is sometimes unrecognizable because he locks into kind of a mode…”
Schwarzenegger later added:
”Like a machine and he clicks into that, and he only sees the movie. Which is a really great asset to have this kind of a strong vision and determination and passion and talent. But don’t get in his way.”
In 2003, Arnold shocked the nation when he announced on “The Tonight Show” that he was running for Governor of California.
Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California in 2003 and served the state in the political seat until 2010. In 2006, he easily won his bid for re-election.
As governor, Arnold was California’s most effective marketing tool, traveling across the country and around the world promoting cutting-edge technologies, California-grown products, and the state’s diverse travel destinations.
In 2010, he appeared alongside Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Jet Li in the ensemble action film ”The Expendables.”
In July 2011, a museum dedicated to Arnold’s life opened in his childhood home in Thal, Austria.
Schwarzenegger married Maria Shriver on April 26, 1986, in Hyannis, Massachusetts, at St. Frances Xavier Roman Catholic Church.
Shriver filed for divorce after learning that Schwarzenegger had fathered a child – Joseph Baena – with their housekeeper Mildred Patricia “Patty” Baena.
In 2015, Arnold told Howard Stern:
“I had personal setbacks, but this was, without any doubt, the biggest setback and the biggest failure. Without any doubt. Not only failure, but you feel like, ‘I’m to blame for it. It was me that screwed up.’”
”And you can’t point the finger at anyone else. So yeah, I was disappointed in it. It’s always easy to be smart in hindsight. The thing was how do you make the best of that situation?”
Arnold and Maria have 4 children:
- Christopher (born September 27, 1997);
- Patrick (born September 18, 1993);
- Christina (born July 23, 1991);
- Katherine (born December 13, 1989).
In April 2019, he congratulated his graduating son – Joseph Baena. Arnold wrote on his Instagram account:
”Congratulations Joseph! Four years of hard work studying business at Pepperdine and today is your big day! You have earned all of the celebration and I’m so proud of you.”
In 2018, Patrick had his first leading role in ”Midnight Sun,” a romantic drama. In 2019, he performed in ”Daniel Isn’t Real,” a psychological horror film directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer. In the film, Patrick had a sex scene. Arnold said:
‘Two days ago, I watched at night my son’s movie, and it was just wild watching him.”
Schwarzenegger also said:
”His acting was so extraordinary, he’s so talented, and then all of a sudden there’s this sex scene then, all of a sudden.”
His movies are:
- Killing Gunther 2017;
- Aftermath 2017;
- Two and a Half Men 2015;
- Terminator Genisys: The YouTube Chronicles 2015;
- Terminator Genisys 2015;
- Sabotage 2014;
- The Expendables 3 2014;
- Escape Plan 2013;
- The Expendables 2 2012;
- The Expendables 2010;
- Gerrymandering 2009;
- Darfur Now 2007;
- The Kid & I 2005;
- Around The World In 80 Days 2004;
- Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines 2003;
- The 6th Day 2000;
- End Of Days 1999;
- Batman & Robin 1997;
- Eraser 1996;
- Jingle All The Way 1996;
- True Lies 1994;
- Junior 1994;
- Last Action Hero 1993;
- Dave 1993;
- Feed 1992;
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991;
- Total Recall 1990;
- Kindergarten Cop 1990;
- Twins 1988;
- Red Heat 1988;
- Predator 1987;
- The Running Man 1987;
- Raw Deal 1986;
- Commando 1985;
- Red Sonja 1985;
- Conan The Destroyer 1984;
- The Terminator 1984;
- Conan The Barbarian 1982;
- The Villain 1979;
- The Streets of San Francisco 1977;
- Pumping Iron 1977;
- Stay Hungry 1976;
- The Long Goodbye 1973;
- Hercules In New York 1970.
Arnold is 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) tall.
”If you want to turn a vision into reality, you have to give 100% and never stop believing in your dream.”
”The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.”
”Government’s first duty and highest obligation is public safety.”
“Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed.”
“If I can see it and believe it, then I can achieve it.”
”What is the point of being on this Earth if you are going to be like everyone else?”
“You have to remember something: Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.”
His diet is mostly vegan. He said for Men’s Health:
“Now I eat more oatmeal, and greens, and vegetables, and healthy foods.”
The former Mr. Olympia winner also said:
“I stay away more from the meats and more from animal products, and animal proteins, because there was this misconception that that’s the only way you get big and strong, so now I back off that and I feel much better.”
Arnold starred alongside Danny DeVito in the comedy film ”Twins.”
His performance as The Terminator in the “Terminator” films is ranked #40 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
The Green Party of Austria has resolved to strip Arnold of his Austrian citizenship due to his support for the death penalty.
Schwarzenegger was voted the 53rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
He is only the 2nd governor in California’s history to be born in a foreign country.
The Guinness Book of World Records once called Arnold ”the most perfectly developed man in the history of the world.”
In 2003, Arnold was ranked #9 in Star TV’s Top 10 Box Office Stars of the 1990s.
In 2019, sculptor James O’Neal carves Arnold out of a black oak tree trunk. O’Neal said on Instagram:
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2019 year in review. Displayed my statues at the Arnold Classic, where I met Arnold himself. Finished my Rocky statue, and displayed it at the base of the Rocky steps in Philadelphia. Showed all of my pieces at the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame, where I met Chuck Zito and Roberto Duran Sr., Bernard Hopkins, and Olympic Champion Sugar Ray Seales, who hung his gold medal on my statue of Ali. My Arnold statue got a page in Ripleys Believe it or Not. And completed my statue of Franco Columbu, which Franco himself was following the progress of, up until his passing. My most exciting year of carving to date. Looking forward to seeing what 2020 brings.
“This piece of black oak has the craziest grain of anything I’ve ever carved.”
He won the Mr. Olympia title seven times and the Mr. Universe title five times. Arnold admitted to using performance-enhancing anabolic steroids, although, in the 1970s, this was legal.
Schwarzenegger was the first private citizen in the U.S. to own a Humvee.
At his bodybuilding peak his chest was 57″, biceps 22″, waist 34″, calves 20″, and thighs 28½.” His competition weight was 235 lbs (260 lbs off-season).
Arnold Schwarzenegger – Net Worth
Schwarzenegger earned most of his wealth from his real estates’ investments as well as acting in blосkbuѕtеr fіlmѕ like Тhе Теrmіnаtоr frаnсhіѕе, Тоtаl Rесаll 1990, True Lies, Рumріng Іrоn 1977, Соmmаndо 1985, Last Action Hero 1993, Тhе Ехреndаblеѕ 1,2,3, аmоng mаnу оthеr fіlmѕ.
Arnold once said – ”Money doesn’t make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million.” Therefore, Arnold Schwarzenegger has an estimated net worth of $465 million.