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      Arnold Schwarzenegger

      Arnold Schwarzenegger

      Highest Rated: 100% The Terminator (1984)

      Lowest Rated: 0% The Villain (1979)

      Birthday: Jul 30, 1947

      Birthplace: Thal, Styria, Austria

      A combination of determination, personality, and sheer brawn helped to propel Arnold Schwarzenegger from the top of the bodybuilding world to Hollywood stardom and later, political power as the governor of the state of California. Born Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger in the Austrian village of Thal on July 30, 1947, he was the son of the town's chief of police, a strict disciplinarian who reportedly did not believe that Schwarzenegger was his biological child. A middling student but an enthusiastic sportsman, Schwarzenegger discovered bodybuilding in his teenage years, and began competing at a professional level at the age of 17. Inspired by the careers of such former bodybuilders turned actors as Steve Reeves, he won his Junior Mr. Europe title a year later while completing his required service in the Austrian military, and traveled to England to in 1966 to compete in his first Mr. Universe contest. After earning second place, he trained extensively with, among others, three-time Mr. Universe Reg Park, who helped to guide Schwarzenegger to his first Mr. Universe title in 1967. The following year, he relocated to the United States, where he trained at the fmed Gold's Gym in Venice, California with Muscle and Fitness publisher Joe Weider, who also created the Mr. Olympia competition. Schwarzenegger lost his first bid for that title in 1969, but returned the following year to earn his first Mr. Olympia, and would repeat that success from 1971 to 1974 before announcing his retirement from bodybuilding. He was convinced to compete for a fifth title by documentarians George Butler and Robert Fiore, who filmed his training regimen for their 1975 "Pumping Iron" The documentary, which pitted a slimmer Schwarzenegger against the bigger, brawnier Lou Ferrigno, underscored his natural ease and magnetism in front of the camera, and helped to pave the way for Schwarzenegger's film career after he captured the 1975 and 1980 titles. He had already appeared on film, first in the title role for "Hercules in New York" (1969), where his thick Austrian accent was replaced by the voice of another actor, and then as a deaf-mute in Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye" (1973). But with the success of "Pumping Iron," more substantive roles began to open up for Schwarzenegger: he won a Golden Globe as a cheerful bodybuilder opposite Jeff Bridges and Sally Field in Bob Rafelson's "Stay Hungry" (1976), played broadly opposite Kirk Douglas in the cartoonish "The Villain" (1979), and appeared as one of his bodybuilding idols, Mickey Hargitay, in the ABC TV-movie "The Jayne Mansfield Story" (1979). But in 1982, he found his star-making role as Robert E. Howard's legendary warrior-king, Conan, in John Milius' 'Conan the Barbarian" (1982). After becoming an American citizen in 1983, and reprising Conan in a 1984 sequel, "Conan the Destroyer" (1984), Schwarzenegger accepted a largely silent role in a low-budget science fiction thriller called "The Terminator" (1984). A tense, action-packed crowd-pleaser, the film cemented Schwarzenegger's star status (and launched the directorial career of James Cameron), and led to a string of popular action films, including "Commando" (1985), "The Running Man" (1987) and "Predator" (1988), which helped to mint Schwarzenegger - who had been written off by Hollywood due to his build and accent in the early '70s - as one of the biggest box office draws in the United States. During this period, he also joined one of the most famous political and social dynasties in American history when he married journalist Maria Shriver in 1986. Perhaps as a nod to his deepening roots in mainstream America, Schwarzenegger began adding more family-friendly fare to his movie c.v: unlike many of his fellow action heroes like Sylvester Stallone, Schwarzenegger imbued his roles with a sense of humor, which helped to pave the way for Ivan Reitman's comedy "Twins" (1988), which imagined him as the separated-at-birth twin of Danny DeVito. A sizable hit, it led to more comic efforts, including "Kindergarten Cop" (1990) and "Junior" (1994), which netted him a Golden Globe nomination, though he continued to mine the action vein with films like "Total Recall" (1990). The following year, he reprised his implacable robotic character, the T-800, in Cameron's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," which was the highest grossing film of 1991. But after scoring a second box office hit with Cameron in "True Lies" (1994), Schwarzenegger's status at the top of the movie heap began to falter; action and comedy efforts like "Eraser" (1996) and Batman & Robin" (1997) were met with less than enthusiastic reviews and ticket sales. He returned to the Terminator franchise again in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" (2003) before largely retiring from the film business. But in 2003, the second phase of his extraordinary career began when he announced his candidacy for governor of California during its historic election recall; Schwarzenegger had always harbored political intentions, and had been close to various presidents as the head of the Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, but with his win of 48.6% of the vote in 2004, he had followed in the footsteps of another idol, Ronald Reagan, and assumed leadership of one of the largest economies in the world. An avowed Republican, Schwarzenegger slowly moved towards a more moderate position during his tenure as governor, embracing actions against climate change and supporting an emissions trading scheme with other U.S. states. Decisions such as these did not win him support among Republicans, and accusations of drug use and sexual harassment prior to his gubernatorial run dogged him throughout his tenure in Sacramento. He eventually left office with basement-level approval ratings in 2011, and took further brickbats when his 25-year marriage to Shriver ended after the Los Angeles Times revealed that he had fathered a son with his family's housekeeper. He made a bid to return to acting, initially in action films like the all-star "Expendables" (2012) series, but later, in a string of smaller, more character-driven action and crime films like "Sabotage" (2014) and the horror film "Maggie" (2015), which saw Schwarzenegger give an impressive turn as a father protecting his daughter as she underwent a monstrous transformation. Most, if not all, were only modest box office successes, including his return to the "Terminator" franchise with "Terminator Genisys" in 2015, and his single season as the host of "The New Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2017) - replacing Donald Trump - was met with disinterest. But Schwarzenegger remained active, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes in a variety of capacities, including the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, which sought to find common ground between political parties, and various climate change initiatives. In 2019, he again returned to the "Terminator" franchise, along with James Cameron and co-star Linda Hamilton, for "Terminator: Dark Fate."

      Highest rated movies

      100% The Terminator
      91% Terminator 2: Judgment Day
      82% Total Recall
      80% Predator 70% Terminator: Dark Fate 70% Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
      70% True Lies
      69% Red Heat

      Photos

      Arnold Schwarzenegger TRUE LIES, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1994 TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. KINDERGARTEN COP, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and his kindergarten class, 1990. COLLATERAL DAMAGE, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2002 (c) Warner Brothers. . ERASER, Vanessa Williams (bottom), Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1996, © Warner Brothers THE VILLAIN, Kirk Douglas, Ann-Margret, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1979, (c) Columbia MAGGIE, from left: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, 2015. ph: Tracy Bennett/© Roadside Attractions KINDERGARTEN COP, Arnold Schwarzenegger (right), 1990, sitting with the children MAGGIE, from left: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, 2015. ph: Tracy Bennett/© Roadside Attractions THE VILLAIN, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ann-Margret, 1979, (c) Columbia KINDERGARTEN COP, Arnold Schwarzenegger (right), 1990, playing the ukulele KINDERGARTEN COP, Penelope Ann Miller, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1990, feeding the faun KINDERGARTEN COP, Arnold Schwarzenegger (center), 1990, playing with the hula hoop TERMINATOR, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1984. ©MGM KINDERGARTEN COP, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and his kindergarten class, 1990. VILLAIN, Kirk Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1979, © Columbia Pictures ESCAPE PLAN, (aka THE TOMB), from left: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, 2013. ph: Alan Markfield/©Summit Entertainment THE VILLAIN, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ann-Margret, 1979, (c) Columbia STAY HUNGRY, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jeff Bridges, 1976 CONAN THE BARBARIAN, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Valerie Quennessen, 1982, © Universal

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      81% 87% Sly Self - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kung Fury 2 The President (Character) - 2021
      60% 67% Stallone: Frank, That Is Unknown (Character) - 2020
      21% 22% Iron Mask James Hook (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2019
      70% 82% Terminator: Dark Fate T-800/Carl (Character) $62.2M 2019
      70% 99% The Game Changers Self - 2018
      92% 91% Andre the Giant Self - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Born Strong Self - 2017
      78% 100% Wonders of the Sea Narrator,
      Producer
      - 2017
      50% 70% Conor McGregor: Notorious Self - 2017
      46% 28% Killing Gunther Gunther (Character) - 2017
      40% 25% Aftermath Roman (Character),
      Producer
      - 2017
      26% 52% Terminator Genisys Guardian (Character) $89.8M 2015
      61% 32% Maggie Wade (Character),
      Producer
      $457.3K 2015
      32% 48% The Expendables 3 Trench (Character) $39.3M 2014
      21% 36% Sabotage John "Breacher" Wharton (Character) $10.5M 2014
      50% 55% Escape Plan Emil Rottmayer (Character) $25.1M 2013
      61% 53% The Last Stand Ray Owens (Character) $12.0M 2013
      67% 67% The Expendables 2 Trench (Character) $85.0M 2012
      42% 64% The Expendables Trench Mausar (Character) $103.0M 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Burning Season Narrator - 2008
      73% 73% Darfur Now Self $107.8K 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Merv Griffin Show - 40 of the Most Interesting People of Our Time Self - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet How Arnold Won the West Unknown (Character) - 2004
      32% 34% Around the World in 80 Days Prince Hapl (Character) $24.0M 2004
      70% 46% Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines The Terminator (T-800) (Character) $150.4M 2003
      19% 27% Collateral Damage Gordy Brewer (Character) - 2002
      40% 32% The 6th Day Adam Gibson (Character),
      Producer
      $34.5M 2000
      11% 32% End of Days Jericho Cane (Character) $66.9M 1999
      12% 16% Batman & Robin Dr. Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze (Character) $107.3M 1997
      20% 41% Jingle All the Way Howard 'Howie' Langston (Character) $60.6M 1996
      43% 40% Eraser John "The Eraser" Kruger (Character) $101.3M 1996
      No Score Yet 92% Terminator 2: 3-D Battle Across Time The Terminator (Character) - 1996
      39% 22% Junior Dr. Alex Hesse (Character) $36.7M 1994
      70% 76% True Lies Harry Tasker (Character) $146.3M 1994
      No Score Yet 20% Beretta's Island Self - 1994
      41% 48% Last Action Hero Jack Slater/Himself (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1993
      No Score Yet 32% Christmas in Connecticut Director - 1992
      No Score Yet 43% Feed Self - 1992
      91% 95% Terminator 2: Judgment Day The Terminator (T-800 Model 101) (Character) $552.8K 1991
      54% 52% Kindergarten Cop Detective John Kimble (Character) $88.6M 1990
      82% 79% Total Recall Douglas Quaid (Character) $117.8M 1990
      69% 38% Red Heat Capt. Ivan Danko (Character) $35.0M 1988
      42% 39% Twins Julius Benedict (Character) $107.4M 1988
      80% 87% Predator Dutch (Character) $54.4M 1987
      67% 61% The Running Man Ben Richards (Character) $38.0M 1987
      31% 29% Raw Deal Mark Kaminsky (Character) $14.8M 1986
      21% 29% Red Sonja Kalidor (Character) - 1985
      67% 68% Commando Colonel John Matrix (Character) $34.9M 1985
      100% 89% The Terminator The Terminator (Character) - 1984
      26% 38% Conan the Destroyer Conan (Character) - 1984
      67% 74% Conan the Barbarian Conan (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 12% The Jayne Mansfield Story Mickey Hargitay (Character) - 1980
      0% 39% The Villain Handsome Stranger (Character) - 1979
      92% 84% Pumping Iron Self - 1977
      67% 40% Stay Hungry Joe Santo (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Anniversary and Goodbye Rico (Character) - 1974
      14% 27% Hercules in New York Hercules (Character) - 1970

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 47% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2023-2024
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014-2016 2020 2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Guest 2012 2019-2020 2023
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2021 2023
      No Score Yet 9% The View Guest 2023
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2019-2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who's Talking to Chris Wallace? Guest 2023
      70% 92% Arnold Self 2023
      50% 68% FUBAR Luke (Character),
      Executive Producer
      2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Greatest #AtHome Videos Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2015 2019
      83% 85% James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jay Leno's Garage Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Apprentice Unknown (Guest Star),
      Executive Producer,
      Host
      2007 2017
      No Score Yet 100% Years of Living Dangerously Unknown (Character),
      Executive Producer
      2014 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Explorer Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show Guest 2012
      82% 94% Tales From the Crypt Director 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Josef Schmidt (Guest Star) 1977