Arnold Schwarzenegger Biography

(Actor & Former Mr. Universe)

Birthday: July 30, 1947 (Leo)

Born In: Thal, Austria

Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, filmmaker, politician, and former professional bodybuilder and powerlifter. His father, who was a police chief, did not approve of him being an athlete and rather supported his brother than him. However, Arnold did not get discourage and engaged in sports like soccer which helped him in gaining physical strength. He eventually, developed interest in body-building and chased his dream of becoming the best body-builder in the world. He realized this dream when he won the Mr. Olympia title. He also dreamt of becoming an actor and this dream too was fulfilled as he went on to become a big Hollywood star. He was politically active and later on served as the Governor of California for two terms. Arnold Schwarzenegger also has a philanthropic side and has helped many charitable organizations in their cause. After completing his second term as governor, he has retired from politics and is currently pursing his acting career.

Quick Facts

Nick Name: Arnie

Also Known As: Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger

Age: 76 Years, 76 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Barbara Outland Baker, Maria Shriver (m. 1986; div. 2011)

father: Gustav Schwarzenegger

mother: Aurelia Jadrny Schwarzenegger

siblings: Meinhard Schwarzenegger

children: Christina Schwarzenegger, Christopher Schwarzenegger, Joseph Baena, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Patrick Schwarzenegger

Born Country: Austria

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Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males

political ideology: Political party - Republican

Ancestry: Czech Austrian, Czech American, Austrian American

Notable Alumni: University Of Wisconsin–Superior, Santa Monica College

Personality: INTJ

Founder/Co-Founder: Western Climate Initiative

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education: Santa Monica College, University Of Wisconsin–Superior

Humanitarian Work: Actor who supports the ‘Special Olympics’ organization

Childhood & Early Life

Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July, 30, 1947, to Gustav Schwarzenegger who was an Austrian Police chief and Aurelia, Thal, Austria. He had a brother Meinhard and his father was unfair towards Arnold and meted out preferential treatment towards his brother.

He was active in sports like soccer and while preparing himself for soccer he developed an interest in body-building. During the 1960s, he won a few weightlifting and powerlifting competitions.
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In 1967, Arnold Schwarzenegger earned the ‘Mr. Universe’ title when he was only twenty years old, thus, becoming the youngest individual to win this title. The following year, he again won the Mr. Universe title.

In 1970, he competed in the Mr. Olympia contest and won the contest when he was only twenty-three years old. He created a record of being the youngest person to earn this title.

In 1970s, Arnold Schwarzenegger stepped into Hollywood and began his career with the film ‘Hercules in New York’, and then worked in the film ‘The Long Goodbye’.

During the period 1971-75, he emerged as the winner of Mr. Olympia contest and in 1975, he declared his intention to withdraw from professional body-building.
In 1976, his film ‘Stay Hungry’ was released in which his acting got appreciated and he also won an award for this film.

Arnold Schwarzenegger worked in the film ‘Pumping Iron’ in the year 1977. The same year, he also featured in an episode of the comedy show ‘The San Pedro Beach Bums’.

In 1979, he acted in the film ‘The Villain’, and the following year, he appeared in the biographical movie ‘The Jayne Mansfield Story’, as actress Jayne Mansfield’s husband Mickey Hargitay.
In 1980, he again participated in the Mr. Olympia competition and won it as well. Finally, he officially took retirement from professional body-building.

In 1982, Arnold Schwarzenegger got his first major hit when his film ‘Conan the Barbarian’ was released. He then worked on the sequel of this film called ‘Conan the Destroyer’. This was followed by many more films such as ‘The Terminator’, ‘Predator’, ‘Commando’, ‘The Running Man’, ‘Raw Deal’, Red Heat’ which launched him as a successful action hero.

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He also did a comic role in the 1988 film ‘Twins’. This was followed by his film ‘Total Recall’ which was a huge commercial success.
During the period 1990-93, he chaired the ‘President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports’ and was then the chairperson of the ‘California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports’. He was also the ambassador of the ‘Red Cross’ which is an international humanitarian movement.
In 1991, this actor played the protagonist in the ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ which was immensely successful and became the biggest commercial hit of that year.
He worked in the film ‘True Lies’ in 1994, and the same year, he worked in the film ‘Junior’ which earned him a ‘Golden Globe Award’ nomination.

During the 1990s, Arnold Schwarzenegger worked in a few other movies such as ‘Eraser’, ‘Jingle All The Way’, ‘Batman & Robin’. After this he took some time off in order to recover from a back injury. He re-appeared in the movie ‘End of Days’, which was an action fantasy thriller.

In 2002, he acted in the movie ‘The 6th Day’ and then, he starred in ‘Collateral Damage’ but none of these films were met with financial success.

Arnold Schwarzenegger played the lead role in the 2003 film ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’, and it marked this actor’s comeback into stardom as it was a huge hit and garnered around $150 million in the US.

The same year, he declared to contest the ‘2003 California recall’ election for the office of the Governor of California. He was elected as the Governor of California on 7th October, the same year and remained in office for the next eight years, which included a re-election to the post.
In 2004, he made a guest appearance in the film ‘The Rundown’ and then another cameo role in ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. The following year, he portrayed himself in the film ‘The Kid & I’.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger lent his voice to the character Baron von Steuben in an episode of the tele-series ‘Liberty’s Kids’ called ‘Valley Forge’. He also worked along with actor Sylvester Stallone in the film ‘The Expendables’ in a special appearance.

In 2011, after completing his second term as the Governor of California, he decided to make a comeback in Hollywood. The same year, he founded the NGO named ‘R20 Regions of Climate Action’.
During the period 2012-14, he worked in many films such as 'The Expendables 2', 'The Last Stand', 'Escape Plan', 'Sabotage', 'The Expendables 3'.
In 2012, his autobiography named ‘Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story’ was published.
In 2015, he was seen in the fifth Terminator movie 'Terminator Genisys'. Though the film was not well-received by critics, Schwarzenegger's return to the franchise was praised.
In 2017, he starred in the action-comedy 'Why We're Killing Gunther'.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will be seen in the Amazon Studios TV series 'Outrider' and in the sixth film of the Terminator series.
Major Works
His role in the ‘The Terminator’ where he played the protagonist has been much acclaimed and he starred in its sequels ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ and ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’ and both these sequels turned out to be high grossing movies. He has played his role so well that he has been cast in all the sequels of the movie including the fifth sequel ‘Terminator Genisys’ which is schedule to be released in July 2015.
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Awards & Achievements
In 1977, he won his first ‘Golden Globe Award’ for the film ‘Stay Hungry’ as ‘New Male Star of the Year’.
In 1993, he was entitled as the ‘International Star of the Decade’ by the ‘National Association of Theatre Owners’.
This talented actor has been inducted 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 this personality.
He has been awarded with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award’ for his charitable endeavours.
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Family & Personal Life
In April 1986, he married Maria Shriver, who is a journalist and the niece of US President John F. Kennedy. The couple is blessed with four children Katherine Eunice Schwarzenegger, Christina Maria Aurelia Schwarzenegger, Patrick Arnold Shriver Schwarzenegger and Christopher Sargent Shriver Schwarzenegger.
The actor allegedly had an extra marital affair with his housekeeper Mildred Patricia Baena and has a son with her named Joseph. This was a reason behind the rift in his relationship with his wife, and she eventually, filed a divorce. They got divorced in 2011
He has been nominated many times as the ‘Worst Actor’ in the ‘Golden Raspberry Award’ and in 2004; he was awarded the ‘Worst Razzie Loser of Our First 25 Years’

Arnold Schwarzenegger Movies

1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

  (Thriller, Action, Sci-Fi)

2. The Terminator (1984)

  (Action, Sci-Fi)

3. Predator (1987)

  (Thriller, Action, Sci-Fi)

4. True Lies (1994)

  (Thriller, Comedy, Action)

5. Commando (1985)

  (Action, Adventure, Thriller)

6. Total Recall (1990)

  (Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller)

7. Conan the Barbarian (1982)

  (Adventure, Fantasy)

8. T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996)

  (Sci-Fi, Short, Action)

9. The Game Changers (2018)


10. The Long Goodbye (1973)

  (Thriller, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Drama)


Golden Globe Awards
1977 Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture - Male Stay Hungry (1976)
Primetime Emmy Awards
2014 Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series Years of Living Dangerously (2014)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
1992 Best Male Performance Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

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