Call him “Commando” or the “Terminator”, Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, movie producer, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, politician, and former professional bodybuilder.
Schwarzenegger is a household name. He is most popular for his Hollywood career as an action movie star. In time his break in the political world made him all the more famous.
1. Had A Troubled Childhood
Arnold who is currently the only surviving member of his family was raised in a strict Roman Catholic family. He was born on 30 July 1947.
“Back then in Austria it was a very different world … if we did something bad or we disobeyed our parents, the rod was not spared.”
Till date, he has his reservations to the German-Austrian pattern of child upbringing, where he says the system was not concerned about raising an individual but training by compulsion.
His parents, Gustav Schwarzenegger and Aurelia Jadrny were both local police chiefs. Arnold was the second of 2 children. His brother whom he recalls was favoured over him by his father, died in a car crash. Arnold attended Santa Monica College and obtained his BA from the University of Wisconsin. He also spent time with the Austrian Armed Forces. He joined the military in 1965 as it was mandatory to serve for a year for all under 18 males in Austria.
2. Became A US Citizen In 1983
Schwarzenegger moved to the United States in 1968 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen on September 17, 1983.
3. Award Winning Bodybuilder/Athlete
A the age of 20, he became Mr Universe, making him the youngest Mr Universe in the history of bodybuilding.
“I actually started weight training when I was 15, but I’d been participating in sports, like soccer, for years, so I felt that although I was slim, I was well-developed, at least enough so that I could start going to the gym and start Olympic lifting.”
Success-driven Arnold went on to win Mr Universe titles four more times and also became a 7-time Mr Olympia winner before his retirement from bodybuilding.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of bodybuilding’s biggest icons. In 1965, he admitted he took steroids during his bodybuilding days. He has written many books and articles on the sport.
4. Successful Acting Career
Although his body size and accent were a bit of an initial scare, the star made the very best in the acting world.
“It was very difficult for me in the beginning – I was told by agents and casting people that my body was ‘too weird’, that I had a funny accent, and that my name was too long. You name it, and they told me I had to change it. Basically, everywhere I turned, I was told that I had no chance.”
He is very famous for his role in James Cameron’s science fiction blockbuster, The Terminator. Other successful action movies include Commando (1985), Raw Deal (1986), The Running Man (1987), Predator (1987), and Red Heat (1988). Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the highest-grossing film of 1991.
Back in the 80’s Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone were international hotcakes.
In 1993, the National Association of Theatre Owners named him the “International Star of the Decade”. After his hand over as Governor, Arnold hinted he was working on some movie scripts already.
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5. Californian Governor (2003-2011)
Arnold’s father was a policeman and a member of the Nazi family. Thus he grew up in a family with strong political views. In the same way, Arnolds’ political interest gradually began to unfold even as an actor in Hollywood.
His political views were reportedly the opposite of the popular Hollywood liberal and Democratic perspectives. It was no surprise when he registered as a Republican politician.
From 1990-1993 he served as chair of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under the administration of President George H.W. Bush. In 2003, he became the Governor of California and served for 2 tenures. He was the 38th governor of the state, and while in office he was dedicated to global warming solutions.
Based on the tax returns filed in 2006, Schwarzenegger’s net worth was estimated to the sum of $800 million.
Arnold Schwarzenegger became a millionaire even before he started acting in Hollywood. Together with his fellow bodybuilder Franco Columbu, Schwarzenegger started a bricklaying business in 1968. From there he ventured into series of businesses and investments which paid off well.
Arnold also invested in a number of real estate holding companies. In 1992, Schwarzenegger and his wife opened a restaurant in Santa Monica called Schatzi On Main. However, he sold the restaurant 6 years after.
He succeeded current US president, Donald Trump in hosting The New Celebrity Apprentice show.
7. Family Life: Wife, Son, Children, Maid
Arnold first got acquainted with Barbara Outland Baker an English teacher whom he described as a “well-balanced woman who wanted an ordinary-solid life.” The two first met when he newly arrived in the United States.
They shared an apartment in Santa Monica, California for three and half years and often visited the beach together or had barbecues in their back-yard. Their first date was on July 20, 1969, when they watched the Apollo Moon landing on television. By 1974, they separated. They had no children together.
His second lover turned out to be a lady who he met on Venice Beach in July 1977 and goes by the name Sue Moray who was Beverly Hills hairdresser’s assistant. They were said to be openly faithful to each other when they were both in Los Angeles, but whenever Arnold was out of town, the two lovers were free to try out their fantasies with each other.
Typically a relationship that runs on this term and condition is bound to be threatened by another side affair. And yes it was. While Arnold was with Moray, he met Maria Shiver, niece of former President John F. Kennedy in a Tenis Tournament in August 1977. He went on to date both women for few months when the latter gave him an ultimatum to quit with the former, to which he accepted.
On April 26, 1986, Arnold Schwarzenegger got married to Shriver in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Their marriage saw to the birth of 4 children, Katherine Eunice who was born December 13, 1989; Christina Maria Aurelia born July 23, 1991; Patrick Arnold Shriver born September 18, 1993; and Christopher Sargent Shriver Schwarzenegger the youngest who was born on born September 27, 1997. However, on May 9, 2011, the parents of 4 called it quits with their 25 years old marriage. The reason for this was said to be because of Shriver not being in the know of Arnold’s 14-year-old son then, with his maid.
Mildred Patricia “Patty” Baena has Guatemalan origin and was married to another man who goes by the name Rogelio while working as a maid in Arnold’s home. She was pregnant with her son Joseph while Shriver was pregnant with her youngest child. Baena gave birth to her son on October 2, 1997, and Arnold Schwarzenegger was said not to know that the child was actually his for up to 8 years until he started looking like him.
Baena separated from her husband a few months after the birth of her son and formalized the divorce in 2008. Arnold from the onset took full responsibility for him and his mother and he even bought a new four-bedroom house with a pool for Baena and their son in Bakersfield, California.
Height and Weight
His height is 1.88 m, while he has a body mass of 113 kg
Is Arnold Schwarzenegger Dead?
On 28 August 2015, a fake news was concocted and circulated on the internet about the death of the former governor due to a heart attack. However, the news was false as he is very much still alive and as at January 2018, was reported to be working on a Kungfu fil.