Arnold Schwarzenegger (Austrian-American) is an actor, film producer, former bodybuilder, businessman, and politician (who served as the 38th governor of California). He was named one of the most influential people in the world in 2004 & 2007. Arnold began lifting weights at the age of 15 and went on to win the Mr. Universe at 20, and even won the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. He is a prominent figure in bodybuilding & has written many books on it. Schwarzenegger retired from bodybuilding & earned fame in Hollywood as an action star.
EARLY LIFE: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Austria on July 30, 1947, to Gustav Schwarzenegger & Aurelia. Both of his parents were Austrian and are believed to be of Czech ancestry. Gustav Schwarzenegger, his father served as a military policeman in the invasions of Poland, France & the Soviet Union in World War II, including the siege of Leningrad. He was wounded in the battle of Stalingrad. Arnold has mentioned that his father had no patience for listening or understanding his problem. He had a good relationship with his mother.
Schwarzenegger started his weight training in 1960 when his football coach took his team to a local gym. At 14, he made bodybuilding his career choice instead of football. At 17, he officially started his competitive bodybuilding career. He trained at Gold’s Gym. Arnold served in the Austrian Army in 1965, as it was required of all 18-year-olds Austrian males to perform a year of service in the Army. Schwarzenegger was the youngest to have won the title of Mr. Universe at 20 years old in 1967; he won the title three more times. At 21, Arnold moved to the USA, speaking little English. He received his United States citizenship in 1983.
CAREER OF ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
The audiences were devouring action films in 1908, making Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sylvester Stallone international stars. Arnold wanted to move from bodybuilding to acting, which came to fruition when he was selected to play the role of Hercules in New York. He won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year for his movie Stay Hungry in 1976. His breakthrough movie was the epic Conan the Barbarian (1982) and his first hit as an actor. The movie had a sequel Conan the Destroyer, in 1984. Schwarzenegger was cast in a signature role of his career in a James Cameron science fiction action movie, The Terminator.
Arnold made several successful action films in the 1980s, like Commando, Raw Deal, Predator, The Running Man & Red Heat. Arnold’s career peak was his return as the title character in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. He was named the “International Star Of The Decade” by the National Association of Theatre Owners.
His comedy-drama True Lies was a popular spy film and saw the team of Schwarzenegger & Cameron reunite. His third appearance was in Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines in 2003.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s net worth is currently estimated at $400 million. He has earned hundreds of millions of dollars in film salaries throughout his long career in Hollywood, making him one of the highest-paid performers in the industry’s history. He is a very successful real estate investor.
Schwarzenegger began his career in Hollywood by making a few investments in the local real estate market immediately after his arrival. In 1992 Arnold and his wife opened a restaurant in Santa Monica called Schatzi. In 1998, he sold his restaurant. Schwarzenegger invested in a shopping mall in Columbus, Ohio. He owns a movie production company called Oak Productions, Inc. And Fitness Publications, a joint publishing venture with Simon & Schuster.
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