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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 governor.

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 stars.

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 icon.

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 Terminator series.

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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