Arnold Schwarzenegger, born on July 30, 1947, is a legend in his own right. He started his career as a prolific actor and later branched out to film production. He is also a prominent businessman and former bodybuilder. He has also served as a politician. He was the 38th governor of California from 2003 to 2011. “Time” magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World between 2004 and 2007. He won Mr. Universe at the age of 20, eventually winning Mr. Olympia several times. He gained recognition worldwide however for his Hollywood career as an action movie star. He has had numerous successful films and founded his own film production company, Oak Productions. He joined politics as a member of the Republican party and was first elected as governor in 2003. He reached his term limit in 2011 and returned to film. We are very humbled and delighted to celebrate him with you today.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is an icon in all he has done. His work has time and again spoken for itself. He is looked up to all over the world and he continues to do better. He was born on July 30, 1947, in Thal, Austria. He is the son of Gustav Schwarzenegger and Aurelia. His father was the local chief of police. In 1938, he joined the Nazi Party after the Anschluss. He served as a military policeman during the invasions of Poland, France, and the Soviet Union during World War II. He was however wounded in battle and was discharged in 1943. His father’s history brought on so much heat and attention to him during the 2003 California gubernatorial recall election, where he was running for governor and got elected. His parents were very strict and his father was especially hard on Schwarzenegger. He automatically leaned to his mother’s side who he was pretty close to until her passing on.
He was an average student academically but always stood out because of his humorous and cheerful nature. His father was an athlete and due to his influence, Schwarzenegger played a number of sports as a teenager. He began his career as a bodybuilder, lifting weights at the age of 15 and when he was 20 years old, he won the Mr. Universe title. He eventually won the Mr. Olympia competition seven times and is still to date a prolific figure in bodybuilding. He has written several books and articles on that aspect of his life. The Arnold Sports Festival is named after him and it is considered the second-most important event in bodybuilding, the number one being Mr. Olympia. He was also featured in the bodybuilding documentary “Pumping Iron” in 1977. He retired from bodybuilding and ventured into film. This is when he acquired fame and recognition internationally. He matured into a regular Hollywood action film star. His breakout movie was “Conan the Barbarian” which was released in 1982. It became a box-office hit and had a sequel in 1984. His other successful films include “Terminator” in 1984, which bore many more sequels, and “Commando” in 1985 among many others. He, later on, founded his own film production company known as Oak Productions.
His other successful career was in politics. He vied for the California gubernatorial seat in 2003 in a special recall election to replace Gray Davis, the then-governor, and got elected. He was sworn in the same year on November 17 and served the rest of Davis’ term. He was re-elected in 2006 to serve a full term as governor and in 2011, his term limit was due as governor and he returned to acting. He made appearances in several movies afterward and his first one was “The Rundown” even though it was a three-second cameo. In 2005, he was featured on “The Kid & I” as himself and he also voiced “Baron von Steuben” in an episode of “Liberty’s Kids.” He also made a cameo appearance in “The Expendables,” a Sylvester Stallone action film released in 2010.
Arnold Schwarzenegger wins Mr. Olympia and becomes the youngest ever to win at 23 years.
Schwarzenegger features in the bodybuilding documentary known as “Pumping Iron.”
He becomes a Hollywood sensation by starring in the movie, “Conan the Barbarian.”
He stars in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” at the commercial peak of his career and it becomes the highest-grossing film of the year.
He is elected as Governor of California in the special recall election to replace then-governor Gray Davis.
He is recognized by “Times” magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Why We Love Arnold Schwarzenegger
He is business-minded
Arnold Schwarzenegger has achieved his goal of becoming a self-made man. During his career as a bodybuilder, he wrote books and articles about the sport that brought him extra revenue. While working as an actor, he started his own film production company dubbed, Oak Productions. He also owns several other businesses including a bricklaying business.
He is athletic
His father was an athlete and this inspired him to join sports. He played several sports but narrowed it down to bodybuilding. He went on to become the best bodybuilder and win the ultimate title of Mr. Olympia in the sport. Many books and articles have been written about how good he was.
He is involved in social issues
He uses his influence for a lot of good in society. He is pro-mental health after suffering from anxiety and advocates for mental stability. He practices transcendental meditation himself. He is also loud about the environment and preserving it. His vehicles are eco-friendly and as a governor, he signed the nation’s first emissions cap on greenhouse gas.
5 Surprising Facts
He is the youngest Mr. Universe
Arnold Schwarzenegger has broken a lot of records including being the youngest Mr. Universe in history.
He took care of his nephew
Despite his estranged relationship with his brother, he took his nephew in after his brother’s demise and helped him through school.
He served in the military
He served in the military for one whole year when he turned 18 years.
He lived with his bodybuilding coach
He moved in with his bodybuilding coach’s family in London after lacking support at home.
He practices meditation
He manages his anxiety through transcendental meditation.
Arnold Schwarzenegger FAQs
How many wives has Arnold Schwarzenegger had?
Schwarzenegger has had one wife, Maria Shriver, but they divorced in 2021
Is Arnold Schwarzenegger a vegan?
Schwarzenegger is 99% vegan. The 72-year-old action legend has been living on a meat- and dairy-free diet for the past three years, only making very few exceptions regarding his food intake and usually when filming.
How smart is Arnold Schwarzenegger?
He is reported to have an I.Q. of 132.
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