Arnold Schwarzenegger is a remarkable actor, politician, former bodybuilder, producer, and businessman. Arnold Schwarzenegger is famous as the 38th governor of California as well as the most recent Republican governor of California. He is also most recognized for appearing in action and comedy movies.
Table of Biography
Age, Parents, Ethnicity, and Family Background
Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947, and he is currently 73 years old. Arnold hails from Thal, Austria, and his zodiac sign is Leo. His full name is Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger. Talking about his family, Arnold’s parents are mother Aurelia (née Jadrny) and father Gustav Schwarzenegger. Likewise, he had an elder brother named Meinhard, who died tragically in a car crash on May 20, 1971. His father passed away due to a stroke on December 13, 1972.
His father was a local chief of police who had served in World War II. Gustav voluntarily joined the Nazi Party in the year 1938 and later served as a Hauptfeldwebel during the 2nd World war. Arnold’s father sustained an injury in the Battle of Stalingrad and was later discharged in the year 1943 after a bout of malaria.
Both of Arnold’s parents were of Czech descent. To be more specific, Arnold’s paternal great-grandfather was Wenzel Mach, who came from the Czech village of Chocov near Mladá Vožice. Wenzel’s children with Kunigunde Schwarzenegger adopted their mother’s last name and hence Arnold’s maiden name became Schwarzenegger instead of Mach.
Education and Early Bodybuilding Career
Arnold Schwarzenegger was an average student. As per Arnold’s official website biography, it says that he started an intensive training program with Dan Farmer at the young age of 14 years. Likewise, he studied psychology at the age of 15 years so that he could learn more about the power of mind over body. Then at the age of 17 years, Arnold officially started his competitive career.
Likewise, Arnold served a year in the Austrian Army in the year 1965. This was so that he could fulfill the requirement for all 18 years old Austrian males back then. During his army service, Arnold also won the Junior Mr. Europe contest. After Arnold was absent without leave during his basic training, he had to spend a week in military prison. Arnold went AWOL so that he could participate in a competition.
Arnold later took part in another bodybuilding contest in Graz, at Steirerhof Hotel. He won 2nd place in this competition and became the best-built man in Europe. Then in 1966, Arnold took part in the NABBA Mr. Universe competition in London where he took 2nd place once again. He was 20 years old when he placed 2nd in the Mr. Universe contest. Subsequently, Arnold went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times.
Career and Professional Life
Professionally, Arnold Schwarzenegger is an internationally renowned actor, producer, retired bodybuilder, former politician, and businessman. Arnold served as the 38th governor of California from the year 2003 to 2011. He is also the most recent Republican governor of California as of 2021.
Likewise, Arnold remains a remarkable figure in bodybuilding. The actor has also written many books and articles on this field. The Arnold Sports Festival is named after Arnold Schwarzenegger and is considered the 2nd most important bodybuilding event after Mr. Olympia.
After Arnold’s retirement from bodybuilding, the ex-body builder gained international fame as a popular Hollywood action film star. Prior to his official acting debut, Arnold had appeared in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron in the year 1977.
Further, Arnold had his breakthrough role in the sword-and-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian in 1982. Arnold subsequently appeared in the lead role in The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Genisys, and Terminator: Dark Fate from 1984 to 2019.
Moreover, the action actor appeared in other films including Commando, The Running Man, Predator, Total Recall, and True Lies. The aforementioned were popular action films. Arnold also starred in comedy films like Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Junior, and Jingle All the Way. The popular actor also appeared in Red Heat. Additionally, the actor is also the founder of Oak Productions, a film production company.
Career in Politics
Besides his career in the entertainment industry, Arnold Schwarzenegger is also a politician. Arnold was a Republican candidate who was 1st elected on October 7, 2003. The actor was elected in a special recall election to replace then-Governor Gray Davis. After receiving 48.6% of the vote, Arnold was elected for the post whereas the runner-up was Democrat Cruz Bustamante.
Subsequently, Arnold was sworn in on November 17. Later on, the former actor got re-elected in the 2006 California gubernatorial election. Previously, Arnold served the then-governor Gray Davis’s remaining term whereas, in 2006, he served a full term as governor. Then in the year 2011, Arnold reached his term limit as Governor. Following this, Arnold returned to his career in acting.
Furthermore, Arnold received the nickname the “Austrian Oak”. It was during Arnold’s bodybuilding days. Likewise, he received the nicknames “Arnie” or “Schwarzy” during his acting career. Further, Arnold got the nickname “The Governator” during his political career with reference to his film Terminator.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is in a romantic relationship with Heather Milligan since at least 2013. Heather is a physical therapist who is 27 years Arnold’s junior. The couple is still going strong as of February 2021, going on bike girds together around their neighborhood. Moreover, Arnold has pets Cherry, Lulu, Whiskey.
Prior to this, Arnold was married to Maria Shriver. Maria is President John F. Kennedy’s niece. Arnold and Maria wedded on April 26, 1986. They had their wedding ceremony at Hyannis, Massachusetts. Likewise, Maria is a television journalist and met Arnold for the 1st time in August 1997. It was at the Robert F. Kennedy Tennis Tournament.
Moreover, Maria and Arnold share 4 children together namely Katherine Eunice, Christina Maria Aurelia, Patrick Arnold, and Christopher Sargent born in 1989, 1991, 1993, and 1997 respectively. However, on 9 May 2011, Maria moved out of their Brentwood mansion.
This was the beginning of their separation after 25 years of marriage. Then on 16 May, there was a revelation that Arnold had fathered a son more than 14 years ago with Mildred Patricia “Patty” Baena. Baena was an employee in their household. Arnold and Baena welcomed their son Joseph only a few days after welcoming his youngest son with Maria. Christopher was born on September 27, 1997, whereas Joseph was born on October 2, 1997.
Arnold Schwarzenegger stands tall at an approximate height of 6 feet 2 inches or 1.88 meters and his weight is around 235 lb or 107 kgs. Likewise, the action-film actor has blonde hair and brown eyes.
Social Media and Net Worth
Arnold Schwarzenegger joined Twitter in January 2008 and so far has over 4.9 million followers on his @schwarzenegger account. Likewise, the actor’s username on Instagram is @schwarzenegger in which he has over 21.7 million followers.
Arnold has over 25.4 million people following his journey on Facebook. Similarly, he created his official “Arnold Schwarzenegger” Youtube channel on November 15, 2007, and so far has over 227.9 million views and 1.19 million subscribers. Moving on, the actor has a net worth of around $400 million US dollars.