ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER (Emil Rottmayer) is known all over the globe for his many
accomplishments as a world-champion bodybuilder, Hollywood action hero, successful
businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, bestselling author and California's 38th
Most recently, he appeared in the actioner The Last Stand alongside Forest Whitaker and
Johnny Knoxville. Up next for Schwarzenegger are David Ayer's crime drama Sabotage, co-
starring Sam Worthington and Terrence Howard; Henry Hobson's horror-romance Maggie,
alongside Abigail Breslin; and The Expendables 3, with Sylvester Stallone and numerous other
Schwarzenegger 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, he generated a new international audience for bodybuilding and became a sports
With his sights set on Hollywood, Schwarzenegger emmigrated to the U.S. 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 earn a 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 Award for New Male Star of the
Year for his role in Stay Hungry, opposite Sally Field. His big break came in 1982 when John
Milius' sword-and-sorcery epic, Conan the Barbarian, struck gold at the box office.
In 1984 Schwarzenegger catapulted himself into cinema history as the title character in
James Cameron's sci-fi thriller The Terminator. He is the only actor to appear in both categories
of the American Film Institute's "Hundred Years of Heroes and Villains" for roles he played in the
Other film credits include Commando, Predator, Twins, Total Recall, True Lies, Eraser,
Collateral Damage, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Sylvester Stallone's homage to
action films, The Expendables (as well as The Expendables 2). To date his films have grossed
more than $3 billion worldwide.
In 2003 Schwarzenegger became the 38th
governor of California in a historic recall
election. Among his many achievements, Schwarzenegger signed into law the Global Warming
Solutions Act of 2006 and established the Million Solar Roofs Plan, making California a leader in
protecting the environment and rebuilding infrastructure. As governor Schwarzenegger also
implemented the hugely successful California Film & TV Television Tax Credit Program, designed
to stimulate production in the state.
In recognition of these efforts, Schwarzenegger has been honored for his leadership and
vision many times including the Simon Wiesenthal Center's National Leadership Award and the
American Council on Renewable Energy's "Renewable Energy Leader of the Decade."
What gives Schwarzenegger the most satisfaction is giving something back to his state
and to his country through public service. Donating his time, energy and personal finances to
serving others, Schwarzenegger acts as chairman of the After School All-Stars, a nationwide
after-school program, and serves as coach and international torchbearer for the Special
Olympics. Previously, he served as chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and
Sports under George H. W. Bush and chaired the California Governor's Council on Physical
Fitness and Sports under Governor Pete Wilson.
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