187 Facts About Arnold Schwarzenegger


Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born on July 30,1947 and is an Austrian and American actor, businessman, filmmaker, retired professional bodybuilder, and politician who served as the 38th governor of California between 2003 and 2011.


Arnold Schwarzenegger began lifting weights at the age of 15 and went on to win the Mr Universe title at age 20 and subsequently won the Mr Olympia title seven times.


Arnold Schwarzenegger is widely regarded as either the greatest or one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time, and has written many books and articles about bodybuilding.


Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron.


Arnold Schwarzenegger retired from bodybuilding and gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action star, with his breakthrough in the sword and sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian, a box-office hit with a sequel in 1984.


Arnold Schwarzenegger is the founder of the film production company Oak Productions.


Arnold Schwarzenegger married Maria Shriver, a niece of President John F Kennedy, in 1986.


Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born in Thal on July 30,1947, the second son of Gustav Schwarzenegger and his wife, Aurelia.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was wounded in the Battle of Stalingrad, and was discharged in 1943 following a bout of malaria.


Gustav Arnold Schwarzenegger married Aurelia on October 20,1945; he was 38 and she was 23.


Arnold Schwarzenegger's favoritism was "strong and blatant", which stemmed from unfounded suspicion that Arnold was not his biological child.


Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that his father had "no patience for listening or understanding your problems".


Arnold Schwarzenegger had a good relationship with his mother, with whom he kept in touch until her death.


At school, Arnold Schwarzenegger was reportedly academically average but stood out for his "cheerful, good-humored, and exuberant" character.


Money was a problem in their household; Arnold Schwarzenegger recalled that one of the highlights of his youth was when the family bought a refrigerator.


Arnold Schwarzenegger's father Gustav was an athlete, and wished for his sons to become a champion in Bavarian curling.


Arnold Schwarzenegger began weight training in 1960 when his football coach took his team to a local gym.


Arnold Schwarzenegger took to visiting a gym in Graz, where he frequented the local movie theaters to see bodybuilding idols such as Reg Park, Steve Reeves, and Johnny Weissmuller on the big screen.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was so dedicated as a youngster that he broke into the local gym on weekends in order to train even when it was closed.


Arnold Schwarzenegger paid for Patrick's education and helped him to move to the US Arnold Schwarzenegger's father, Gustav, died of a stroke on December 13,1972.


In Pumping Iron, Arnold Schwarzenegger claimed that he did not attend his father's funeral because he was training for a bodybuilding contest.


Arnold Schwarzenegger served in the Austrian Army in 1965 to fulfill the one year of service required at the time of all 18-year-old Austrian males.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was voted "best-built man of Europe", which made him famous in bodybuilding circles.


Arnold Schwarzenegger placed second in the Mr Universe competition, not having the muscle definition of American winner Chester Yorton.


Also in 1966, while at Bennett's home, Arnold Schwarzenegger had the opportunity to meet childhood idol Reg Park, who became his friend and mentor.


The training paid off and, in 1967, Arnold Schwarzenegger won the title for the first time, becoming the youngest ever Mr Universe at the age of 20.


Arnold Schwarzenegger would go on to win the title a further three times.


Arnold Schwarzenegger then flew back to Munich, where he attended a business school and worked in a health club, returning in 1968 to London to win his next Mr Universe title.


Arnold Schwarzenegger, who dreamed of moving to the US since the age of 10, and saw bodybuilding as the avenue through which to do so, realized his dream by moving to the United States in October 1968 at the age of 21, speaking little English.


Arnold Schwarzenegger became good friends with professional wrestler Superstar Billy Graham.


LA Weekly would later say in 2002 that Arnold Schwarzenegger is the most famous immigrant in the United States, who "overcame a thick Austrian accent and transcended the unlikely background of bodybuilding to become the biggest movie star in the world in the 1990s".


Arnold Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent face in bodybuilding long after his retirement, in part because of his ownership of gyms and fitness magazines.


Arnold Schwarzenegger has presided over numerous contests and awards shows.


Arnold Schwarzenegger won Mr Europe the following year, at age 19.


Arnold Schwarzenegger would go on to compete in many bodybuilding contests, and win most of them.


In 1967, Arnold Schwarzenegger won the Munich stone-lifting contest, in which a stone weighing 508 German pounds is lifted between the legs while standing on two footrests.


Arnold Schwarzenegger's goal was to become the greatest bodybuilder in the world, which meant becoming Mr Olympia.


However, Arnold Schwarzenegger came back in 1970 and won the competition, making him the youngest ever Mr Olympia at the age of 23, a record he still holds to this day.


Arnold Schwarzenegger toured different countries selling vitamins, as in Helsinki, Finland in 1972, when he lived at the YMCA Hotel Hospiz on Vuorikatu and presented vitamin pills at the Stockmann shopping center.


In 1975, Arnold Schwarzenegger was in top form, and won the title for the sixth consecutive time, beating Franco Columbu.


Months before the 1975 Mr Olympia contest, filmmakers George Butler and Robert Fiore persuaded Arnold Schwarzenegger to compete and film his training in the bodybuilding documentary called Pumping Iron.


Arnold Schwarzenegger had only three months to prepare for the competition, after losing significant weight to appear in the film Stay Hungry with Jeff Bridges.


Arnold Schwarzenegger came out of retirement to compete in the 1980 Mr Olympia.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was training for his role in Conan, and he got into such good shape because of the running, horseback riding and sword training, that he decided he wanted to win the Mr Olympia contest one last time.


Arnold Schwarzenegger kept this plan a secret in the event that a training accident would prevent his entry and cause him to lose face.


In 1999, Arnold Schwarzenegger sued Willi Heepe, a German doctor who publicly predicted his early death on the basis of a link between his steroid use and later heart problems.


Since the doctor never examined him personally, Arnold Schwarzenegger collected a US$10,000 libel judgment against him in a German court.


In 1999, Arnold Schwarzenegger sued and settled with Globe, a US tabloid which had made similar predictions about the bodybuilder's future health.


Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted to move from bodybuilding into acting, finally achieving it when he was chosen to play the title role in Hercules in New York.


Arnold Schwarzenegger drew attention and boosted his profile in the bodybuilding film Pumping Iron, elements of which were dramatized.


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.


Arnold Schwarzenegger's breakthrough film was the sword and sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian in 1982, which was a box-office hit.


In 1983, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in the promotional video Carnival in Rio.


Arnold Schwarzenegger's roles reflected his sense of humor, separating him from more serious action hero films.


Arnold Schwarzenegger made a number of successful action films in the 1980s, such as Commando, Raw Deal, The Running Man, Predator, and Red Heat.


Arnold 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 next film, the comedy drama True Lies, was a popular spy film and saw Schwarzenegger reunited with James Cameron.


Arnold Schwarzenegger returned with the supernatural thriller End of Days, later followed by the action films The 6th Day and Collateral Damage, both of which failed to do well at the box office.


Arnold Schwarzenegger reportedly said he was flattered, but thought the money would be better spent on social projects and the Special Olympics.


Arnold Schwarzenegger had been rumored 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.


Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables, where he made a cameo appearance.


In January 2011, just weeks after leaving office in California, Arnold 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.


Arnold Schwarzenegger inspired the character and co-developed it with Stan Lee, who would have produced the series.


Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in The Expendables 2 as Trench Mauser, and starred in The Last Stand, his first leading role in 10 years, and Escape Plan, his first co-starring role alongside Sylvester Stallone.


Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in Sabotage, released in March 2014, and returned as Trench Mauser in The Expendables 3, released in August 2014.


Arnold Schwarzenegger 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.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was announced to star and produce in a film about the ruins of Sanxingdui called The Guest of Sanxingdui as an ambassador.


On February 6,2018, Amazon Studios announced they were working with Arnold Schwarzenegger to develop a new series entitled Outrider in which he will star and executive produce.


Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to the Terminator franchise with Terminator: Dark Fate, which was released on November 1,2019.


In September 2015, the media announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger was to replace Donald Trump as host of The New Celebrity Apprentice.


In March 2017, following repeated criticisms from Trump, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would not return for another season on the show.


At the 2004 Republican National Convention, Arnold Schwarzenegger gave a speech and explained that he was a Republican because he believed the Democrats of the 1960s sounded too much like Austrian socialists.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was talking about free enterprise, getting the government off your back, lowering the taxes and strengthening the military.


In 1985, Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in "Stop the Madness", an anti-drug music video sponsored by the Reagan administration.


Arnold Schwarzenegger famously introduced the first episode of the 1990 Milton Friedman hosted PBS series Free to Choose stating:.


Arnold Schwarzenegger goes on to tell of how he and his then wife Maria Shriver were in Palm Springs preparing to play a game of mixed doubles when Milton Friedman's famous show came on the television.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was nominated by the then-President Bush, who dubbed him "Conan the Republican".


Arnold Schwarzenegger later served as chairman for the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under Governor Pete Wilson.


Between 1993 and 1994, Arnold Schwarzenegger was a Red Cross ambassador, recording several television and radio public service announcements to donate blood.


Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy in the 2003 California recall election for Governor of California on the August 6,2003, episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.


Arnold Schwarzenegger had the most name recognition in a crowded field of candidates, but he had never held public office and his political views were unknown to most Californians.


Arnold Schwarzenegger declined to participate in several debates with other recall replacement candidates, and appeared in only one debate on September 24,2003.


Arnold Schwarzenegger defeated Democrat Cruz Bustamante, fellow Republican Tom McClintock, and others.


Arnold Schwarzenegger says he is fiscally conservative and socially liberal.


Arnold Schwarzenegger has supported gay rights, such as domestic partnerships, and he performed a same-sex marriage as governor.


However, Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed bills that would have legalized same-sex marriage in California in 2005 and 2007.


Arnold Schwarzenegger additionally vetoed two bills that would have implemented a single-payer health care system in California in 2006 and 2008, respectively.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was entrenched in what he considered to be his mandate in cleaning up political gridlock.


Arnold Schwarzenegger accepted personal responsibility for the defeats and vowed to continue to seek consensus for the people of California.


Arnold Schwarzenegger gradually moved towards a more politically moderate position, determined to build a winning legacy with only a short time to go until the next gubernatorial election.


Arnold Schwarzenegger ran for re-election against Democrat Phil Angelides, the California State Treasurer, in the 2006 elections, held on November 7,2006.


Around this time, many commentators saw Arnold Schwarzenegger as moving away from the right and towards the center of the political spectrum.


Some speculated that Arnold Schwarzenegger might run for the United States Senate in 2010, as his governorship would be term-limited by that time.


Arnold Schwarzenegger cannot run for US president as he is not a natural-born citizen of the United States.


Arnold Schwarzenegger has held Austrian citizenship since birth and US citizenship since becoming naturalized in 1983.


Later that night, Arnold Schwarzenegger was in the audience at a Republican debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.


Arnold Schwarzenegger's endorsement was thought to be a boost for Senator McCain's campaign; both spoke about their concerns for the environment and economy.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger played a significant role in opposing Proposition 66, a proposed amendment of the Californian Three Strikes Law, in November 2004.


Arnold Schwarzenegger stated that "it would release 26,000 dangerous criminals and rapists".


Arnold Schwarzenegger believed that Nunez's sentence was "excessive" in comparison with the same prison term imposed on Ryan Jett, the man who fatally stabbed Santos.


Against protocol, Arnold Schwarzenegger did not inform Santos' family or the San Diego County prosecutors about the commutation.


Arnold Schwarzenegger responded to the allegations in 2004 admitting that he has "behaved badly sometimes" and apologized, but stated that "a lot of [what] you see in the stories is not true".


Arnold Schwarzenegger is shown smoking a marijuana joint after winning Mr Olympia in 1975 in the documentary film Pumping Iron.


Arnold Schwarzenegger became a naturalized US citizen on September 17,1983.


Arnold Schwarzenegger's request was granted, and he retained his Austrian citizenship.


Pilz argued that Arnold Schwarzenegger caused damage to Austria's reputation in the international community because Austria abolished the death penalty in 1968.


Arnold Schwarzenegger explained his actions by pointing out that his only duty as Governor of California with respect to the death penalty was to correct an error by the justice system by pardon or clemency if such an error had occurred.


On September 27,2006, Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, creating the nation's first cap on greenhouse gas emissions.


Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a second global warming bill that prohibits large utilities and corporations in California from making long-term contracts with suppliers who do not meet the state's greenhouse gas emission standards.


In 2005, Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an executive order calling to reduce greenhouse gases to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.


Arnold Schwarzenegger signed another executive order on October 17,2006, allowing California to work with the Northeast's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.


Arnold Schwarzenegger has adapted one of his Hummers to run on hydrogen and another to run on biofuels.


Arnold Schwarzenegger has installed solar panels to heat his home.


In respect for his contribution to the direction of the US motor industry, Arnold Schwarzenegger was invited to open the 2009 SAE World Congress in Detroit on April 20,2009.


In 2011, Arnold Schwarzenegger founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action to develop a sustainable, low-carbon economy.


In 2017, Arnold Schwarzenegger launched the Austrian World Summit, an international climate conference that is held annually in Vienna, Austria.


Presidential aspirations by the Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger would be blocked by a constitutional hurdle; Article II, Section I, Clause V prevents individuals who are not natural-born citizens of the United States from assuming the office.


In 2004, the "Amend for Arnold Schwarzenegger" campaign was launched, featuring a website and TV advertising promotion.


In June 2007, Arnold Schwarzenegger was featured on the cover of Time magazine with Michael Bloomberg, and subsequently, the two joked about a presidential ticket together.


Arnold Schwarzenegger transferred profits from the mail-order business and his bodybuilding-competition winnings by rolling the proceeds into his first real estate investment: an apartment building he purchased for $10,000.


However, Arnold Schwarzenegger severed his financial ties with the chain in early 2000.


Arnold Schwarzenegger remarked that the restaurant did not achieve the success that he had hoped for, claiming he wanted to focus his attention on "new US global business ventures" and his then-burgeoning acting career.


Arnold Schwarzenegger made a private commercial real estate investment in the Easton Town Center, a shopping mall located in Columbus, Ohio.


In 2018, Arnold Schwarzenegger partnered with NBA superstar LeBron James to establish Ladder, a company that developed nutritional supplements to help athletes with severe cramps.


Arnold Schwarzenegger has appeared in a series of commercials for the Machine Zone game Mobile Strike as a military commander and spokesman.


In 1969, Arnold Schwarzenegger met Barbara Outland, an English teacher with whom he lived until 1974.


Arnold Schwarzenegger has made it clear that their respective recollection of events can differ.


Arnold Schwarzenegger just had this huge determination to prove himself, and that was very attractive.


Arnold Schwarzenegger met his next lover, Beverly Hills hairdresser's assistant Sue Moray, on Venice Beach in July 1977.


Arnold Schwarzenegger went on to have a relationship with both Moray and Shriver until August 1978 when Moray issued an ultimatum.


On May 9,2011, Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger ended their relationship after 25 years of marriage with Shriver moving out of their Brentwood mansion.


On May 16,2011, the Los Angeles Times revealed that Arnold Schwarzenegger had fathered a son more than 14 years earlier with an employee in their household, Mildred Patricia "Patty" Baena.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was employed by the family for 20 years and retired in January 2011.


Baena's son with Arnold Schwarzenegger was born days after Shriver gave birth.


Arnold Schwarzenegger said that it took seven or eight years before he found out that he had fathered a child with his housekeeper.


Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken financial responsibility for the child "from the start and continued to provide support".


Rogelio said that the child's birth certificate was falsified and that he planned to sue Arnold Schwarzenegger for engaging in conspiracy to falsify a public document, a serious crime in California.


Pursuant to the divorce judgment, Arnold Schwarzenegger kept the Brentwood home, while Shriver purchased a new home nearby so that the children could travel between their parents' homes.


Arnold Schwarzenegger came under fire after the initial petition did not include spousal support and a reimbursement of attorney's fees.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was born with a bicuspid aortic valve, an aortic valve with only two leaflets, where a normal aortic valve has three.


Arnold Schwarzenegger opted in 1997 for a replacement heart valve made from his own pulmonic valve, which itself was replaced with a cadaveric pulmonic valve, in a Ross procedure; medical experts predicted he would require pulmonic heart valve replacement surgery within the next two to eight years because his valve would progressively degrade.


Arnold Schwarzenegger apparently opted against a mechanical valve, the only permanent solution available at the time of his surgery, because it would have sharply limited his physical activity and capacity to exercise.


On March 29,2018, Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent emergency open-heart surgery for replacement of his replacement pulmonic valve.


In 2020,23 years after his first surgery, Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent a surgery for a new aortic valve.


Arnold Schwarzenegger saved a drowning man in 2004 while on vacation in Hawaii by swimming out and bringing him back to shore.


On January 8,2006, while Arnold Schwarzenegger was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle in Los Angeles with his son Patrick in the sidecar, another driver backed into the street he was riding on, causing him and his son to collide with the car at a low speed.


Arnold Schwarzenegger did not obtain his motorcycle license until July 3,2006.


Arnold Schwarzenegger tripped over his ski pole and broke his right femur while skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho, with his family on December 23,2006.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was released from St John's Health Center on December 30,2006.


On May 18,2019, while on a visit to South Africa, Arnold Schwarzenegger was attacked and dropkicked from behind by an unknown malefactor while giving autographs to his fans at one of the local schools.


The attacker was apprehended and Arnold Schwarzenegger declined to press charges against him.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was involved in a multi-vehicle collision on the afternoon of Friday, January 21,2022.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was driving a black GMC Yukon SUV near the intersections of Sunset Blvd and Allenford Ave in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, when his vehicle collided with a red Toyota Prius.


However, in 1988, both the Daily Mail and Time Out magazine mentioned that Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared noticeably shorter.


Arnold Schwarzenegger devotes one chapter called "The Secret" to his extramarital affair.


Arnold Schwarzenegger's first car ever was an Opel Kadett in 1969 after serving in the Austrian army, then he rode a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy in 1991.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was so enamored by the vehicle that he lobbied the Humvee's manufacturer, AM General, to produce a street-legal, civilian version, which they did in 1992; the first two Hummer H1s they sold were purchased by Schwarzenegger.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was in the news in 2014 for buying a rare Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was spotted and filmed in 2015 in his car, painted silver with bright aluminum forged wheels.


Arnold Schwarzenegger's Bugatti has its interior adorned in dark brown leather.


In 2017, Arnold Schwarzenegger acquired a Mercedes G-Class modified for all-electric drive.


Arnold Schwarzenegger has been involved with the Special Olympics for many years after they were founded by his ex-mother-in-law Eunice Kennedy Shriver.


In 2007, Arnold Schwarzenegger was the official spokesperson for the Special Olympics held in Shanghai, China.


Arnold Schwarzenegger believes that quality school opportunities should be made available to children who might not normally be able to access them.


Arnold Schwarzenegger has been involved with After-School All-Stars and founded the Los Angeles branch in 2002.


On February 12,2010, Arnold Schwarzenegger took part in the Vancouver Olympic Torch relay.


Arnold Schwarzenegger handed off the flame to the next runner, Sebastian Coe.


Arnold Schwarzenegger had a collection of Marxist busts, which he requested from Russian friends during the dissolution of the Soviet Union, as they were being destroyed.


Arnold Schwarzenegger is a supporter of Israel, and has participated in a Los Angeles pro-Israel rally among other similar events.


In 2004, Arnold Schwarzenegger visited Israel to break ground on Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem, and to lay a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, he met with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President Moshe Katsav.


Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed support for the 2011 military intervention in Libya.


In 2014, Arnold Schwarzenegger released a video message in support of the Euromaidan protests against Ukraine's pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.


In 2022, Arnold Schwarzenegger released another video message condemning the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.


Arnold Schwarzenegger, who played football as a boy, grew up watching Bayern Munich and Sturm Graz.


Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed his admiration of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool in October 2019.


Arnold Schwarzenegger inspired many actors to become action heroes, including Dwayne Johnson, Matt McColm, Christian Boeving, Vidyut Jamwal, and Daniel Greene.


In 2012, Arnold Schwarzenegger helped to found the Arnold Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, which is a part of the USC Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.


At a 2015 security conference, Arnold Schwarzenegger called climate change the issue of our time.


Arnold Schwarzenegger urged politicians to stop treating climate change as a political issue.


In recent years, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been advocating for eating less meat, and he is an executive producer alongside James Cameron et al.


In 2017, Arnold Schwarzenegger condemned white supremacists who were seen carrying Nazi and Confederate flags by calling their heroes "losers".


In 2019, while at the "Arnold Classic Africa" sports competition as an official, Schwarzenegger was attacked by an assailant in a flying kick.


Arnold Schwarzenegger will go down in history as the worst president ever.


Arnold Schwarzenegger has spoken out about COVID-19, urging Americans to wear masks and practice social distancing.


Arnold Schwarzenegger has been outspoken about the benefits of a vegan diet for health and said it had helped him feel "healthier and younger overall".


Arnold Schwarzenegger credited it to helping him lower his cholesterol.