Arnold Schwarzenegger

Quick Summary

Full Name Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger
Nick Names Arnie, The Governator, Styrian Oak, The Running Man
Birthday July 30, 1947
Birth Place Thal, Styria, Austria
Country America, Austria
Age 72 years
Birth Sign Leo
Height 6’ 2” inch
Weight 84 kg
Religion Roman Catholic
Profession Actor, Filmmaker, Bodybuilder, Politician
Eye color Blue
Hair color Light brown
Home Town Thal, Austria
Blood Group O type
Marital Status Married
Father Name Gustav Schwarzenegger
Mother Name Aurelia Jadrny Schwarzenegger
Children Christina Schwarzenegger Christopher Schwarzenegger Joseph Baena Katherine Schwarzenegger  Patrick Schwarzenegger 
Net worth $400 Million (approx.)
Short Biography

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger known as Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, politician, filmmaker and former professional bodybuilder. He served as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California between 2003 and 2011. He was born on 30th July 1947 in Thal, Styria, Austria. Kanye West is currently 72 years old according to his birthdate October 08, 1970.His birth sign is Leo and he is Roman Catholic by the religion. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California US. As a young man, Schwarzenegger gained widespread attention as a highly successful bodybuilder. He won and received the ‘Mr. Universe’ title aged only 20.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

He also later gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film star. His big breakthrough was in 1982 with Conan the Barbarian and the sequel Conan the Destroyer (1984) The most famous films he featured in, were the Terminator series. Schwarzenegger used to be called and was  nicknamed “The Austrian Oak” in his bodybuilding days. After retiring from bodybuilding, he pursued a career in politics. He stood as a Republican candidate for California’s governor in 2003 and was re-elected in 2006.

Childhood and Early life

Schwarzenegger was Born on July 30, 1947, near Graz, Austria, .His childhood was far from ideal. It’s because his father, Gustav, was an alcoholic police chief and one-time member of the Nazi Party. His father was very strict and demanding father, who generally favored the elder of his two sons, Meinhard.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Since childhood, Arnold used to be active in sports like soccer and while preparing himself for soccer he developed an interest in body-building. It was during 1960s  when he  won a few weightlifting and powerlifting competitions.

Schwarzenegger started working  in the Austrian army in 1965, to fulfill the one-year service requirement expected at the time of all 18 year-old Austrian males. 

In September 1968, Schwarzenegger moved to the United States , with little money or knowledge of the English language, and started training at Gold’s Gym in Santa Monica under the patronage of Joe Weider where Schwarzenegger became good friends with professional wrestler, “Superstar” Billy Graham


Arnold attended University of Wisconsin–Superior and later to Santa Monica College.

Early years : Body Building Career

Schwarzenegger first gained fame as a bodybuilder. The major first competitions he won was Junior Mr. Europe in 1965. He would go on to compete in and win many bodybuilding (as well as some powerlifting) contests, including 5 Mr. Universe (4 – NABBA (England), 1 – IFBB (USA)) wins and 7 Mr. Olympia wins, which is  a record that remained until Lee Haney won his eighth straight Mr. Olympia title in 1991.

In 1967 Schwarzenegger participated and he broke the existing record by winning the Munich stone lifting contest in which a stone weighing 508 German pounds (254kg/560lbs) is lifted between the legs while standing on two foot rests.

Mr. Olympia

Schwarzenegger’s mission was to become the greatest bodybuilder in the world, which meant becoming Mr. Olympia. So for it , his first attempt was in 1969 where he lost to three-time champion Sergio Oliva but Schwarzenegger again came back in 1970 and convincingly won the competition.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Schwarzenegger won and since continued his winning streak in the 1971, 1972, and 1973 competitions. In the year 1974, he was once again in top form and won the title for the fifth consecutive time, besting Lou Ferrigno. After participating in  the 1974 Olympia, Schwarzenegger announced his retirement from professional bodybuilding.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is regarded among the most important figures in the history of body building and his legacy is commemorated in the Arnold Classic annual bodybuilding competition. Schwarzenegger remains as one of the prominent face in the bodybuilding sport long even after his retirement, in part due to his ownership of gyms and fitness magazines. Likewise,  he has presided over numerous contests and awards shows. 

Acting Career

Arnold Schwarzenegger had long planned to move from bodybuilding into a career in acting. Initially he had trouble breaking into films due to his long surname, “overly” large muscles, and foreign accent, but was eventually chosen to play the role of Hercules in Hercules in New York (1970).

Arnold Schwarzenegger

 He next appeared as a deaf and mute hitman for the mob in director Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye (1973), his second film. Then he starred  in Stay Hungry (1976) which was followed by a much more significant part in the film for which he was awarded a Golden Globe for Best New Male Star. Schwarzenegger gained more  attention more people in the documentary Pumping Iron (1977).

Likewise, he  also starred  with Kirk Douglas and Ann Margaret in the comedy, The Villain (1979). Schwarzenegger’s breakthrough film was Conan the Barbarian (1982), and this was further boosted by a sequel, Conan the Destroyer (1984). Arnold Schwarzenegger  is best-known for the portrayal of the title character of director James Cameron’s cyborg thriller The Terminator (1984) which  was a worldwide smash, firmly establishing Arnold as the next great action star. By the year 1985, he had already been named International Star of the Year.

He emerged as the Hollywood superstar in the Industry, and  made a number of successful films: Commando (1985), Raw Deal (1986), The Running Man (1987), and Red Heat (1988). In Predator(1987), another successful film, Schwarzenegger led a cast which included future Minnesota  Governor Jesse Ventura (Ventura also appears in Running Man as well as in the film “Batman and Robin and another venture Twins, (1988) a comedy with Danny DeVito.Total Recall (1990), at that time the most expensive film ever, a widely praised, thought-provoking science-fiction script. He starred in Kindergarten Cop (1990) ,another comedy film

Schwarzenegger’s critical and commercial high-water mark was Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). He starred in True Lies (1994) which was a highly popular sendup of spy films, and Schwarzenegger reunited with director James Cameron, whose own career had taken off with The Terminator. Shortly after he starred  in a film  Junior, for which  Schwarzenegger received  his second Golden Globe nomination, this time for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy. He next starred in popular movies Eraser (1996), and Batman & Robin (1997), his final film before taking time to recuperate from a back injury. After the failure of Batman & Robin Schwarzenegger’s film career and box office prominence went into decline.

He also came as with cameo appearance in The Rundown with The Rock and the 2004 remake of Around the World in 80 Days, notable for featuring him onscreen with action star Jackie Chan for the first time. He starred in a cameo role as “The Governator”, a Hummer H1, in the 2006 Pixar film Cars.He then starred in different movies during the period 2012-14, such as ‘The Expendables 2’, ‘The Last Stand’, ‘Escape Plan’, ‘Sabotage’, ‘The Expendables 3. In 2015, he starred in the fifth Terminator movie ‘Terminator Genisys’. In 2017, he acted  in the action-comedy ‘Why We’re Killing Gunther’.

Political Career

Schwarzenegger is a registered Republican. His first political appointment was to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, on which he served from 1990 to 1993. He was selected by George H.W Bush , who dubbed him ” Conan the Republican”.

In 2003, Schwarzenegger won the election of Governor of California under the second question on the ballot with 48.6% of the vote to choose a successor to Davis. Schwarzenegger was then reelected to a second term in 2006 to serve his first full term between 2007 and 2011.

Business career

 By the age of mid-30s, from body building career, Schwarzenegger was  already a rich millionaire, well before his career in Hollywood and his financial independence came from a series of successful business ventures and investments.

In the year 1968 Schwarzenegger and his fellow bodybuilder Franco Columbu started a bricklaying business. The business flourished both because of the pair’s marketing savvy and increased demand following a major Los Angeles earthquake in 1971.

Schwarzenegger and Columbu used profits from their bricklaying venture to start a mail order business, selling bodybuilding and fitness-related equipment and instructional tapes.

Schwarzenegger then invested and utilized the profits coming from the mail order business and his bodybuilding competition winnings into his first real estate venture: an apartment building he purchased for $10,000. He would go on to invest in a number of real estate holding companies.

Personal Life and Legacy

Schwarzenegger became a U.S. citizen in 1983, although he also retains his Austrian citizenship. In 1977, Schwarzenegger’s autobiography Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder was published.

In 1986, Arnold Schwarzenegger married TV journalist Maria Shriver, niece of the past President of the United States John F. Keneddy. The couple have overall four children: daughters Katherine (born December 13, 1989) and Christina (b. July 23, 1991), and sons Patrick (b. September 18, 1993) and Christopher (b. September 27, 1997).

Allegations of sexual and personal misconduct

Several women raised sexual and personal misconduct against Schwarzenegger. He has admitted that sometimes he has believed badly but the stories are not true. British television personality Anna Ryder Richardson alleged that the California governor had groped her breast during a 2000 interview in London, England, to promote The Sixth Day, in which he had starred as an actor.

Allegations of Nazi admiration and support of Kurt Waldheim

Schwarzenegger supported the campaign of his friend, Kurt Waldheim, former UN chief and a former Austrian politician who was accused of war crimes during World War II in Yugoslavia, that brought him to criticism.

Awards and achievements

He is seven times “Mr. Olympia” winner as well as four times “Mr. Universe Winner”. He won his first ‘Golden Globe Award’ for the film ‘Stay Hungry’ as ‘New Male Star of the Year’ in 1977. He has been respected and honored into the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ and the ‘WWE Hall of Fame’ The ‘USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy’ at the ‘University of Southern California’ has been named after him. He has been awarded with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award’ for his charitable endeavors. This is the list of competitions and major titles and achievements won by Schwarzenegger.

Year Competition Location Result and notes
1965 Junior Mr. Europe Germany 1st
1966 Best Built Man of Europe Germany 1st
1966 Mr. Europe Germany 1st
1966 International Powerlifting Championship Germany 1st
1966 NABBA Mr. Universe amateur London 2nd to Chet Yorton
1967 NABBA Mr. Universe amateur London 1st
1968 NABBA Mr. Universe professional London 1st
1968 German Powerlifting Championship Germany 1st
1968 IFBB Mr. International Mexico 1st
1968 IFBB Mr. Universe Florida 2nd to Frank Zane
1969 IFBB Mr. Universe amateur New York 1st
1969 NABBA Mr. Universe professional London 1st
1969 Mr. Olympis New York 2nd 
1970 NABBA Mr. Universe professional London 1st (defeated his idol Reg Park)
1970 AAU Mr. World Columbus, Ohio 1st (defeated Sergio Oliva for the first time)
1970 Mr. Olympia New York 1st
1971 Mr. Olympia Paris 1st
1972 Mr. Olympia Essen,  Germany 1st
1973 Mr. Olympia New York 1st
1974 Mr. Olympia New York 1st
1975 Mr. Olympia Pretoria, South Africa 1st
1980 Mr. Olympia Sydney, Australia 1st
Net worth

Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most popular bodybuilders and actors of all time. As of 2019,his net worth is estimated to be $400 million

Interesting Facts about Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Does Arnold Schwarzenegger smoke? – Yes
  • Does Arnold Schwarzenegger drink? -Yes
  • Arnold was shooting ‘Pumping Iron’ in the U.S. when his father died. He did not attend his funeral.
  • While still in Europe Arnold was voted best built man in Europe, which led to him becoming famous.
  • Arnold won Mr. Universe in 1967. He was 20 and the youngest to win the title.
  • Arnold moved to California in 1968. He started a bricklaying business and was successful, and began to sell bodybuilding equipment.
  • In 1976 Arnold won a Golden Globe for New Male Star of the Year.
  • Arnold’s breakthrough role was in Conan the Barbarian in 1982. He performed many stunts and suffered a back injury.
  • Arnold won his seat as governor in a special election. He did so well that he was elected again in 2006.
  • His fellow bodybuilder and actor, Sven-Ole Thorsen, has collaborated with him in 15 movies so far.

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