THE LAST STAND
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER (Sheriff Ray Owens) is known all over the globe for his many accomplishments: world champion bodybuilder, Hollywood action hero, successful businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, best-selling author, and California's 38th Governor.
This world-famous athlete and actor was born in Thal, Austria in 1947, and by the age of 20 was dominating the sport of competitive bodybuilding, becoming the youngest person ever to win the Mr. Universe title. By generating a new international audience for bodybuilding, Schwarzenegger turned himself into a sports icon. With his sights set on Hollywood, he emigrated to America in 1968, and went on to win five Mr. Universe titles and seven Mr. Olympia titles before retiring to dedicate himself to acting. Later, he would go on to earn a college degree from the University of Wisconsin and proudly became a U.S. citizen.
Schwarzenegger, who worked under the pseudonym Arnold Strong in his first feature, HERCULES IN NEW YORK, quickly made a name for himself in Hollywood. In 1977, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognized him with a Golden Globe for New Male Star of the Year for his role in STAY HUNGRY opposite Sally Field. His big break came in 1982 when the sword and sorcery epic, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, hit box office gold. In 1984, Schwarzenegger blew up the screen and catapulted himself into cinema history as the title character in James Cameron's sci-fi thriller, THE TERMINATOR. He is the only actor to be in both categories of the American Film Institute's Hundred Years of Heroes and Villains for roles he played in the film. Other memorable characters include roles in COMMANDO, PREDATOR, TWINS, TOTAL RECALL, TRUE LIES, ERASER, COLLATERAL DAMAGE, TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES and a cameo in Sylvester Stallone's homage to action films, THE EXPENDABLES, among others. To date his films have grossed over $3 billion worldwide.
In 2003, Schwarzenegger became the 38th Governor of the State of California in a historic recall election, and as governor ushered in an era of innovative leadership and extraordinary public service. Among his many achievements, Schwarzenegger signed into law the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, as well as establishing the Million Solar Roofs Initiative, making California the leader in protecting the environment and rebuilding infrastructure. Governor Schwarzenegger also implemented the hugely successful California Film & TV Television Tax Credit Program, designed to stimulate film and TV production in the state. In recognition of these efforts, Schwarzenegger has been rewarded for his great leadership and vision many times over in many arenas including the Simon Wiesenthal Center's "National Leadership Award" and in 2011 the American Council On Renewable Energy's "Renewable Energy Leader of the Decade."
But it is Schwarzenegger's commitment to giving something back to his state and to his country through public service that gives him the most satisfaction; donating his time, energy, and personal finances to serving others all over the world. Schwarzenegger acts as Chairman of the After School All-Stars, a nationwide after-school program, and serves as coach and international torch bearer for Special Olympics. He also served as Chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under George H. W. Bush and as Chair of the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under Governor Pete Wilson.
Since leaving office, Schwarzenegger co-founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a global non-profit dedicated to helping subnational governments develop, implement, and communicate the importance of low-carbon and climate resilient projects as well as their economic benefits. In December 2012, he was recognized as a 2012 Global Advocate by the United Nations Correspondents Association for his work with the organization.
In August 2012, the University of Southern California Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy launched to provide students an opportunity to focus on the responsibility of leaders to transcend partisanship in order to implement policies that most benefit the people they serve. Its five priority areas of focus are education, energy and environment, fiscal and economic policy, health and human wellness, and political reform.
In addition to THE LAST STAND, Schwarzenegger filmed THE TOMB and TEN this past year and was seen summer 2012 reprising the role of Trench in THE EXPENDABLES 2. He recently released his autobiography, TOTAL RECALL: MY UNBELIEVABLY TRUE LIFE STORY. The Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum, located in his hometown of Thal opened in 2011.
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