Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Biography
Arnold Schwarzenegger


Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American film actor, former bodybuilder, producer, businessman, and former politician who served as the 38th governor of California from 2003 to 2011. After retiring from bodybuilding, Schwarzenegger gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film star. Schwarzenegger was nicknamed the “Austrian Oak” in his bodybuilding days, “Arnie” or “Schwarzy” during his acting career, and “The Governator” (a portmanteau of “Governor” and “Terminator”) during his political career.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, Austria on July 30, 1947, the second son of Gustav Schwarzenegger and his wife, Aurelia (née Jadrny). After having a successful bodybuilding career in acting, finally achieved it when he was chosen to play the title role in Hercules in New York in 1970.

His second film appearance was as a deaf-mute mob hitman in The Long Goodbye in 1973, which was followed by a much more significant part in the film Stay Hungry in 1976, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor. Arnold drew attention and boosted his profile in the bodybuilding film Pumping Iron in 1977, elements of which were dramatized. In 1991, he purchased the rights to the film, its outtakes, and associated still photography.

In 1977, he made guest appearances in single episodes of the ABC sitcom The San Pedro Beach Bums and the ABC police procedural The Streets of San Francisco. Arnold Schwarzenegger auditioned for the title role of The Incredible Hulk but did not win the role because of his height.

Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared with Kirk Douglas and Ann-Margret in the 1979 comedy The Villain. In 1980, he starred in a biographical film of the 1950s actress Jayne Mansfield as Mansfield’s husband, Mickey Hargitay. Schwarzenegger’s breakthrough film was the sword-and-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian in 1982, which was a box-office hit.

This was followed by a sequel, Conan the Destroyer, in 1984, although it was not as successful as its predecessor. In 1983, the actor starred in the promotional video, Carnival in Rio. In 1984, he made his first appearance as the eponymous character, and what some would say was his acting career’s signature role, in James Cameron’s science-fiction thriller film The Terminator.

Following this, Arnold Schwarzenegger made Red Sonja in 1985. During the 1980s, audiences had an appetite for action films, with both Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone becoming international stars. The two rivals attacked each other in the press and tried to surpass the other with more on-screen killings and larger weapons.

Schwarzenegger’s roles reflected his sense of humour, separating him from more serious action hero films. He made several successful action films in the 1980s, such as Commando (1985), Raw Deal (1986), The Running Man (1987), Predator (1987), and Red Heat (1988). Twins (1988), a comedy with Danny DeVito, also proved successful.

Total Recall (1990) netted Schwarzenegger $10 million (equivalent to $19.8 million today) and 15% of the film’s gross. A science-fiction script, the film was based on the Philip K. Dick short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”. Kindergarten Cop (1990) reunited him with director Ivan Reitman, who directed him in Twins. Schwarzenegger had a brief foray into directing, first with a 1990 episode of the TV series Tales from the Crypt, entitled “The Switch”, and then with the 1992 telemovie Christmas in Connecticut.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s commercial peak was his return as the title character in 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which was the highest-grossing film of 1991. In 1993, the National Association of Theatre Owners named him the “International Star of the Decade”. His next film project, the 1993 self-aware action-comedy spoof Last Action Hero, was released opposite Jurassic Park and did not do well at the box office.

His next film, the comedy-drama True Lies in 1994, was a popular spy film and saw Schwarzenegger reunited with James Cameron.
That same year, the comedy Junior was released, the last of Arnold’s three collaborations with Ivan Reitman and again co-starring Danny DeVito. This film brought him his second Golden Globe nomination, this time for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

It was followed by the action thriller Eraser (1996), the Christmas comedy Jingle All The Way (1996), and the comic book-based Batman & Robin (1997), in which he played the villain, Mr. Freeze. This was his final film before taking time to recuperate from a back injury. Following the critical failure of Batman & Robin, his film career and box office prominence went into decline.

He returned with the supernatural thriller End of Days in 1999, later followed by the action films, The 6th Day in 2000 and Collateral Damage in 2002, both of which failed to do well at the box office. In 2003, he made his third appearance as the title character in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, which went on to earn over $150 million domestically (equivalent to $211 million today).

In tribute to Schwarzenegger in 2002, Forum Stadtpark, a local cultural association, proposed plans to build a 25-meter-tall (80 ft) Terminator statue in a park in central Graz. Schwarzenegger reportedly said he was flattered but thought the money would be better spent on social projects and the Special Olympics.

His film appearances after becoming Governor of California included a three-second cameo appearance in The Rundown and the 2004 remake of Around the World in 80 Days. In 2005, he appeared as himself in the film The Kid & I. He voiced Baron von Steuben in the Liberty’s Kids episode “Valley Forge”. Arnold had been rumoured to be appearing in Terminator Salvation as the original T-800; he denied his involvement, but he ultimately did appear briefly via his image being inserted into the movie from stock footage of the first Terminator movie.

Schwarzenegger appeared in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables, where he made a cameo appearance. In January 2011, just weeks after leaving office in California, Schwarzenegger announced that he was reading several new scripts for future films, one of them being the World War II action drama With Wings as Eagles, written by Randall Wallace, based on a true story.

On March 6, 2011, at the Arnold Seminar of the Arnold Classic, Schwarzenegger revealed that he was being considered for several films, including sequels to The Terminator and remakes of Predator and The Running Man and that he was “packaging” a comic book character.

The character was later revealed to be the Governator, star of the comic book and animated series of the same name. Arnold Schwarzenegger inspired the character and co-developed it with Stan Lee, who would have produced the series. Schwarzenegger would have voiced the Governator.

On May 20, 2011, Schwarzenegger’s entertainment council announced that all film projects currently in development were being halted: “Schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or timelines.” It was also announced that Schwarzenegger was considering a comeback film, despite legal problems related to his divorce.

He starred in The Expendables 2 (2012) as Trench Mauser and starred in The Last Stand (2013), his first leading role in 10 years, and Escape Plan (2013), his first co-starring role alongside Sylvester Stallone. He starred in Sabotage, released in March 2014, and returned as Trench Mauser in The Expendables 3, released in August 2014.

Arnold also starred in the fifth Terminator film Terminator Genisys in 2015 and would reprise his role as Conan the Barbarian in The Legend of Conan, later renamed Conan the Conqueror. However, in April 2017, producer Chris Morgan stated that Universal had dropped the project, although there was a possibility of a TV show. The story of the film was supposed to be set 30 years after the first, with some inspiration from Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven.

In 2016, his filming of action-comedy Why We’re Killing Gunther was temporarily interrupted by bank robbers near the filming location in Surrey, British Columbia. He was announced to star and produce in a film about the ruins of Sanxingdui called The Guest of Sanxingdui as an ambassador.

In 2018, Amazon Studios announced they were working with Schwarzenegger to develop a new series entitled Outrider in which he will star and executive produce. The series will also mark Schwarzenegger’s first major scripted TV role.

Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to the Terminator franchise with Terminator: Dark Fate, which was released on November 1, 2019. It was produced by the series’ co-creator James Cameron, who directed him previously in the first two films in the series and True Lies.


Date of Birth: 30th July 1947

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 107 kg


1970: Hercules in New York

1977: Pumping Iron

1980: The Comeback

1982: Conan the Barbarian

1984: Conan the Destroyer, The Terminator

1985: Commando

1986: Raw Deal

1987: Predator

1988: Predator

1990: Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop

1991: Terminator 2: Judgment Day

1993: Last Action Hero

1994: True Lies

1996: Eraser, Jingle All the Way

1997: Batman & Robin

1999: End of Days

2000: The 6th Day

2002: Collateral Damage

2003: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

2010: The Expendables

2012: The Expendables 2

2013: The Last Stand, Escape Plan

2014: The Expendables 3, Sabotage

2015: Maggie, Terminator Genisys

2017: Aftermath

2019: Terminator: Dark Fate


Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture – Male, 2 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Actor, 2 MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance

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As per one report, in 2011, Arnold Schwarzenegger drew controversy when it was revealed that years ago, he had an affair with his family’s housekeeper and fathered a son with her while married to Maria Shriver, with whom he shares four children. The scandal led the couple to start divorce proceedings. They remain married.


Q. Does Arnold Schwarzenegger have kids?

A. Yes, he has five kids: Katherine Schwarzenegger, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Christopher Schwarzenegger, Christina Schwarzenegger and Joseph Baena

Q. What is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s net worth?

A. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s net worth is around $400 million.

Q. Is Arnold Schwarzenegger married?

A. No, Arnold Schwarzenegger is not married anymore. He got a divorce from his wife, Maria Shriver in 2017.

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