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Biography for Arnold Schwarzenegger

Birth name

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger

Nickname: Arnie, Austrian Oak, Conan the Republican, Styrian Oak, The Governator


6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini biography

Growing up in a small, isolated village in Austria, he turned to bodybuilding as his ticket to a better life. Prior to that he served a mandatory one year in the Austrian military (beginning in 1965). After conquering the world as arguably the greatest bodybuilder who ever lived, he went to America to make his name in motion pictures. Hampered by his impossible name and thick accent, success eluded him for many years. It wasn't until he found the tailor-made role of Conan that he truly came into his own as a performer. A succession of over-the-top action films made him an international box office star. By alternating violent action films with lighter, comedic fare, he has solidified his position as one of the most popular - if not the most popular - movie stars in the world. After his long, and successful movie career, he ran in the California recall. He is now the Governor of California, yet again another celebrity to be elected to the position.

Spouse |

( - present) 4 children

Trade mark

Frequent movie line "I'll be back"

Often has his character say comedic one liners that puncuate the action.

Many of his films have his characters doing feats of strength to match his muscular look, eg (1985) where he is first seen in the film carrying a whole tree trunk on his shoulder.

Frequently has some type of action scene in bathrooms. ( (2003), (1994) and (1990)).


Ranked #20 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

Fourth child, a boy, born. [27 September 1997]

Underwent heart surgery to correct a congenital heart valve condition. [April 1997]

Called by the Guinness Book of World Records, "the most perfectly developed man in the history of the world."

Noted fan of cigar smoking.

His voice in "Hercules" was dubbed.

Was part-owner of Planet Hollywood and Schatzi restaurants.

Advocate for the Republican party.

He reprised his Terminator character for the theme park attraction "T2-3D", a short film which uses an enhanced 3-D process that makes the film really appear to jump out at you.

His production company is 'Oak Productions'.

Became a US citizen. [1983]

His wife Maria is the niece of President and Senators and .

Graduated from University of Wisconsin-Superior with a major in international marketing of fitness and business administration. [1979]

Sold his Planet Hollywood stock off and is no longer a part owner of the chain. (2000)

The soccer stadium in Graz, Austria (his home town) is named after him.

Was considered for the title role in the 1970s TV series (1978), but was reportedly deemed not tall enough. His former bodybuilding competitor, , ultimately won the part.

After leaving Austria for the first time, he came to England to work, earning under Ј30 a week.

Received an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin Superior, in 1996 in recognition of his charitable works.

Son-in-law of and .

At his bodybuilding peak his chest was 57", waist 34", biceps 22", thighs 28Ѕ", calves 20", and his competition weight was 235 lbs (260 lbs off-season).

He and Warner Bros. agreed to postpone the release of (2002) indefinitely in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks on America. The plot centers around a firefighter who lost his family in a terrorist bomb attack. [September 2001]

7 September 2001 - Sues International Game Technology for the unauthorized use of his voice and likeness in slot machine games. His lawyer told the press he was seeking $20 million in damages, which is the amount he believes he would have received had he approved the use.

Childhood friends stated that he often said his goals in life were to move to America, become an actor, and marry a Kennedy. He accomplished all three.

Son of a police officer.

Underwent a genioplasty -- a procedure in which his jaw has been moved back so that it no longer juts out.

Cousin-in-law of

Was the first private citizen in the U.S. to own a Humvee (High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle).

Lobbying in May 2002 to promote anti-juvenile delinquency initiative on California ballot that would commit the state to allocate $400 million for extracurricular activities and tutoring for students, kindergarten through ninth grade.

Received an honorary doctorate from Chapman University in Orange, California. [June 2002]

was best man at Arnold's wedding.

Underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff as a result of an injury on the set of (2003). Was in a sling for 3-4 weeks, but it was not expected to delay the completion of the movie. [29 January 2003]

Ranked #9 in Star TV's Top 10 Box Office Stars of the 1990s (2003)

The character Rainier Wolfecastle in (1989) is based on him.

Won Mr. Olympia title seven times (1970-1975, 1980).

orginally wanted him for the role of Kyle Reese in (1984), but when Arnold walked into the restaurant to meet Cameron about the role, Cameron took one look at him and said "You're a machine!" and that's why he got the role of The Terminator.

Announced his candidacy for the Governorship of California on (1992) on August 6, 2003.

Suffered a back injury (among other various assorted injuries) while filming (1982) when the dogs who were chasing him jumped him from behind and he fell down the rock he was climbing to escape them.

In (1993), 's character Lenina Huxley is telling 's character John Spartan about the Arnold Schwarzenegger Presidential Library, explaining that, based on the sheer popularity of Schwarzenegger's movies, a Constitutional amendment was passed in order for Schwarzenegger to run for President, which, according to Huxley, he did. In 2003, ten years after this film's release, Schwarzenegger ran for the office of Governor of California, and won the election on 7 October 2003. While Schwarzenegger is not eligible to run for the presidency by present laws (as a naturalized citizen, not a born citizen as required by the Constitution), most past presidents have been governors of their respective home states. Members of Congress are currently considering an amendment to the Constitution to allow foreign-born US citizens to be allowed to run for the Presidency, specifically with Schwarzenegger in mind.

Had one elder brother Meinherd (1946-1971).

His mother was Aurelia Jadrny (1922-1998) and his father was Gustav Schwarzenegger (1907-1972).

Children: Katherine Eunice (b. 1990), Christina Maria Aurelia (b. 1991), Patrick Arnold (b. 1993), Christopher Sargent Shriver (b. 1997)

Was elected Governor of California as a Republican on 7 October 2003.

Turned down the role of John McClane in (1988). The role went to instead.

TV Guide selected Arnold Schwarzenegger's announcement on (1992) to run for Governor of California as the greatest TV moment of 2003.

Said that filming the climatic fight at the end of (1987) was made difficult by the fact that the late , who played the Predator, couldn't see through his mask.

Has the record for winning the most major bodybuilding events in history, 13 (1 Mr. Junior Western Europe, 7 Mr. Olympias, and 5 Mr. Universes).

After he had started lifting weights as a teenager, he noticed that his body was becoming disproportionate. His arms, shoulders and chest were developing nicely, but his calves and lower legs weren't coming along as he wanted. To motivate himself to work harder on his calves, he cut off all of his pants (trousers) at the knee. Walking around like that, people would look at (and maybe even laugh at) the big man with 'chicken' legs. It worked.

Cousin-in-law appears with him in (2000).

His father, Gustav Schwarzenegger, nicknamed him "Cinderella" as a child and his older brother, Meinherd, constantly picked on him growing up. Both men were killed while driving under the influence.

Is one of only two actors to appear in all three of the 'Terminator' films (_The Terminator (1984)_ , (1991) and (2003)). The other is who portrayed the character of Dr. Peter Silberman in all three films.

Only the second governor in California's history to be born in a foreign country. John Downey, the 7th Governor of California, was born in Ireland and served from 1860- 1862.

Has his look-alike puppet in the French show _"Guignols de l'info, Les" (1988)_ .

Went AWOL from the Austrian army to enter his first bodybuilding contest.

Stumped for President the weekend before his re-election in Ohio, as Schwarzenegger has always had a strong relationship with Ohio.

He was voted the 53rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

Has played a character who died in only four of his films: (1984), (1991), (1999) and (2003).

Was considered for the role of the gentle giant Fezzik in the 1970s when 's book "The Princess Bride" was being discussed for a film adaptation.

Had his first romantic scene in a movie with actress , in (1982).

Is good friends with fellow bodybuilder .

Turned down a request to reprise his Conan character in (1997) (originally titled "Conan the Conqueror"). Also, he was supposed to play Conan in (1985), though ultimately, a new character was created who was essentially Conan in everything but name.

Is the only person to receive Razzie nominations for Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Couple (with himself cloned) in the same year. All for the same movie, (2000).

In German, the word "schwarzen" means "black", and "egger" means "ploughman". So "Schwarzenegger" is "Black Ploughman".

His life strangely mirrors the life of Conan from (1982). Conan was born in a small village and grew up to be a physically powerful man from years of slavery. After winning great fame as a gladiator, he is given to wine and women, but later rejects this hedonistic lifestyle and goes on to perform great heroic feats, and eventually he is crowned king. Arnold was born in a small Austrian town and took up weightlifting as he got older. After achieving success as a bodybuilder, he indulged in drug abuse and womanizing, but he later rejected this and went on to become a vocal supporter of social causes, and was eventually elected governor of California.

Performed many of his own stunts in his films, owing largely to the fact that it was hard to find stunt doubles who matched his size. , and eventually became his personal stunt doubles and close friends.

His famous line "I'll be back", which originated from (1984), was originally written as "I'll come back".

Initially refused to star in (2003) because James Cameron, who created the character and directed the first two films, would not be directing the third installment. Arnold tried to persuade Cameron to do the third film but Cameron declined and, feeling that the Terminator character was as much Arnold's as it was his own, Cameron advised Arnold to just do the third film and ask for a lot of money.

While filming the behind the scenes documentary for the special edition DVD of (1982), the microphone hit him in the head at the end of the interview, to which he immediately joked "You see, I can't even do an interview about Conan without getting hurt".

Addressed the Republican National Convention in 2004.

The etymology for Arnold is "Eagle Power"

Grew up in a house that had no phone, no fridge and no toilet.

Was engaged to [1985]

Was the spokesperson for Japanese DirecTV, a competitor to Quentin Tarantino's endorsed local satellite TV operator SkyperfecTV.

Was considered for the role of Flash Gordon in the 1980 film. The part eventually went to Sam J. Jones instead.

Sandahl Bergman was the first actress he ever did a love scene with. He was also the first actor she ever did a love scene with.

While filming the movie "Predator" became close friends with co-star Jesse Ventura.

Personal quotes

"I was always interested in proportion and perfection. When I was fifteen, I took off my clothes and looked in the mirror. When I stared at myself naked, I realized that to be perfectly proportioned I would need twenty-inch arms to match the rest of me."

"There's so little time to do all the things I want to do that I can't see any reason to get bogged down in sequels." - to Starlog magazine in 1991, explaining his reluctance to do sequels to most of his successful films from the '80s.

"Everything I have ever done in my life has always stayed. I've just added to it...But I will not change. Because when you are successful and you change, you are an idiot."

"I know that if you leave dishes in the sink, they get sticky and hard to wash the next day."

"I would rather be Governor of California than own Austria."

"I love the Hong Kong style of action movies, but that only looks good for small guys. The reason why the whole style was developed over there was because those guys were very puny guys - they're not powerful-looking guys, they're also not powerful guys. There's no weight lifting champion coming out of Hong Kong - maybe in the bantam division or the lightweight division or something like that, but normally you don't have really strong men coming out of there...they had to learn a technique that small people can do that are as effective as the big guy's strength. So that's where the martial arts came from."

"In the beginning I was selfish. It was all about, 'How do I build Arnold? How can I win the most Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympic contests? How can I get into the movies and get into business?' I was thinking about myself...As I've grew up, got older, maybe wiser, I think your life is judged not by how much you have taken but by how much you give back."

"Where I did make mistakes, or maybe go overboard sometimes...I regret that. This is a different Arnold" - offering an apology for his misbehavious behaviour.

"How many times do you get away with this - to take a woman, grab her upside down and bury her face in a toilet bowl? The thing is you can do it, because, in the end, I didn't do it to a woman - she's a machine. We could get away with it without being crucified by who knows what group" - on his fight scenes with the female T-X in Terminator 3.

"It was the most difficult decision in my life - except the one in 1978 when I decided to get a bikini wax" - on his decision to run for Governor

"This guy owes me bacon now...you can't have egg without bacon" - after being pelted with an egg at a rally

"I just realised I have the perfect part for you in Terminator 4" - responding to criticism during a televised debate

"I will not fail, I will not disappoint you, I will not let you down" - victory speech as Governor of California

"The worst I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that."

There's a lot of people who want me to get out of acting and want me to run for governor. I think it's mostly movie critics.

"You have to remember something: Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn."

"I took more abuse in Predator than I did in Conan the Barbarian. I fell down that waterfall [forty feet] and swam in this ice-cold water for days and for weeks was covered in mud. It was freezing in the Mexican jungle. They had these heat lamps on all the time, but they were no good. If you stayed in front of the lamps, the mud dried. Then you had to take it off and put new mud on again. It was a no-win situaiton. The location was tough. Never on flat ground. Always on a hill. We stood all day long on a hill, one leg down, one leg up. It was terrible."

"If they don't have the guts to come up here in front of you and say, 'I don't want to represent you, I want to represent those special interests, the unions, the trial lawyers ... if they don't have the guts, I call them girlie men" - referring to Democrats at a political rally in Ontario, California in 2004.

"If [Democratic Party legislators in California] don't have the guts to come up here in front of you and say, 'I don't want to represent you, I want to represent those special interests, the unions, the trial lawyers ... if they don't have the guts, I call them girlie men."

"I was always interested in proportion and perfection."

"Speaking of acting, one of my movies was called True Lies. It's what the Democrats should have called their convention." - at the 2004 Republican National Convention

"President Bush knows you can't reason with people that are blinded by hate. But let me tell you something: Their hate is no match for our decency, their hate is no match for the leadership and the resolve of George W. Bush."

[Talking about his "Conan the Barbarian" director]: "John Milius used to call himself the dog trainer. Guess who were the dogs?"

[From an interview about his reaction to reading the original "Terminator" screenplay]: "I have read a lot of action adventure scripts, and this definitely was one of the best. I knew that I wanted to play the part of the Terminator as soon as I started reading."

[About being taken seriously]: "I don't care. The important thing to me is that I'm doing work that people enjoy out there, that the movie makes good money, that the studio makes the money back, and that I'm having a great time at what I'm doing. I don't even consider myself serious. So how do I expect people to take me serious? I think this whole Hollywood thing has to be taken much looser... it's just entertainment."

"There were various stepping-stones in my career. One of them was Conan, because it was the first time I did a film with that kind of budget and I had the title role. The next big stepping-stone was The Terminator. With The Terminator, I think people became aware of the fact that I didn't really have to take my shirt off or run around and expose my muscles in order to sell tickets. After I did The Terminator and we had seen it be more successful than the Conan films, people then sent me a variety of different kinds of scripts - all in the action-adventure genre, but they were not muscle movies or Viking movies or pirate movies or anything like that."

[Talking about playing the Terminator]: "I had to act like a cyborg, which meant I couldn't show any kind of human fear or reaction to the fire, explosions, or gunfire that was going off around me. That can be difficult when you're walking through a door with its frame on fire, trying to reload a gun, and at the same time thinking in the back of your mind that people have accidents doing these kinds of stunts and that it might be my turn."

[About more sequels to the Terminator]: "I don't necessarily want to leave the magic of the Terminator movies behind, and who says we have to? According to what we know about the future, there were hundreds of Terminators built. The story of the Terminator could go on forever."

[From an interview expressing concern over making Conan less brutal in its sequel]: "I think it's a mistake. I know Sylvester Stallone made an extra $20 million because he got a PG rating for Rocky III, but its a matter of how much you want to stay within the character's reality. Can you slaughter people and never see blood? Is it possible? You must have battles. That's part of life, war, and the world of Conan."

[Talking about Richard Fleischer]: "The first day Fleischer came to see me work out, he told me, "Arnold, could you put on some more muscles?" I couldn't believe it! It turned out that Fleischer thought [John] Milius's decision to keep Conan clothed throughout the first film was a mistake. Felischer believes that people want to see my body much more often then they did the first time around, so they will. I spend most of my time in Conan the Destroyer fighting off people while I'm dressed in a loincloth."

[About the dog accident while making the first Conan]: "One of them hit me too soon. It caught me off guard and I went right over the ledge. I fell ten feet and landed on my back. I was covered with scratches and bruises. It was probably a pretty good beginning for this movie, though. It set the tone for the whole time we were there. This was going to be fun... but dangerous."

[Talking about director John Milius]: "There never would have been a Conan movie without him."

"There are some people who are close to him that say he is just starving for attention, and that's the way he gets attention. Other people said, look he's not working and he just feels like he should maybe get involved in politics. Instead, I just think that maybe he is jealous that I did jump in. I find it silly, because I respect his work." [On ]

"Well, I think because a lot of people don't know why I'm a Republican, I came first of all from a socialistic country which is Austria and when I came over here in 1968 with the presidential elections coming up in November, I came over in October, I heard a lot of the press conferences from both of the candidates Humphrey and Nixon, and Humphrey was talking about more government is the solution, protectionism, and everything he said about government involvement sounded to me more like Austrian socialism. Then when I heard Nixon talk about it, he said open up the borders, the consumers should be represented there ultimately and strengthen the military and get the government off our backs. I said to myself, what is this guy's party affiliation? I didn't know anything at that point. So I asked my friend, what is Nixon? He's a Republican. And I said, I am a Republican. That's how I became a Republican."


(2003) | $30,000,000

(2002) | $25,000,000

(2000) | $25,000,000

(1999) | $25,000,000

(1997) | $25,000,000

(1996) | $20,000,000

(1996) | $20,000,000

(1994) | $15,000,000

(1994) | $15,000,000

(1993) | $15,000,000

(1991) | $15 million

(1990) | $12,000,000

(1984) | $75,000

(1982) | $250,000

(1970) | $12,000

Where are they now

(17 November 2003) Sworn in as Governor of California. Drawing a salary of $175,000 per annum.

(October 2003) Is now the Republican Governor-elect of California

(August 2003) Running for Governor of California on the Republican ticket.

(December 2003) Refused to take the salary for Governor of California. Uses private jet at his own expense.

Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:

He had a name you couldn't pronounce, an accent you couldn't cut, and a body out of a Frank Frazetta painting, yet this worldchampion bodybuilder defied all the naysayers to become the undisputed Biggest Movie Star in the World, as well as a restaurateur, political activist, and leading spokesman for physical fitness. The product of a difficult childhood, he turned to weight training as both an escape and a self-esteem booster. Coming to America to make his fortune, Schwarzenegger landed the title role in the low-budget, barely released (aka 1970), billed as Arnold Strong. The movie revealed two things: his impressively sculptured body, and the fact that he couldn't act (let alone speak English). Schwarzenegger's lessthan-spectacular film debut sent him back to the weight room, and he concentrated on bodybuilding for some time thereafter, winning seven Mr. Olympia titles-a record only recently beaten-and earning the nickname "the Austrian Oak."

Writers George Butler and Charles Gaines featured him prominently in their book a comprehensive examination of bodybuilding; he then made a considerable impact in the 1977 film of the same name, and was much talked about. He'd been cast as a bodybuilder (what else?) in the comedy (1976, starring Jeff Bridges and Sally Field). His performance was, in the main, kindly reviewed, but Schwarzenegger still didn't actively pursue a screen career until accepting the role of the impeccably costumed Handsome Stranger in a cartoonish Western, (1979). He realized that he'd milked bodybuilding and decided to tackle a new career.

Schwarzenegger threw himself wholeheartedly into acting, beginning with roles in (1979) and the TV movie (1980, earnestly but ineptly playing Mansfield's muscleman husband, Mickey Hargitay), then

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