One of the greatest legends of all time. He is an inspiration to millions if not Billions of people ! Hope to see him in more movies and to run for the PRESIDENT of the US soon.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has come a long way since he emigrated from Austria to follow an unprecedented path that took him from Austrian immigrant to bodybuilding champ to action-movie superstar to California governor. And, over the years, he’s made plenty of headlines, both good and bad. To mark his 65th birthday on July 30, we take a look at his biggest and most unbelievable media-making moments.
He makes bodybuilding history … and later admits to getting a little help
Quick, name a few of the world’s top bodybuilders. Exactly. It’s pretty hard to make a career out of pumping iron, let alone use it as a vehicle to become world-famous, but Arnold Schwarzenegger was the man who managed to do it. After leaving his native Austria for the United States, a very ripped Schwarzenegger became the world’s youngest Mr. Olympia in 1970 at age 23. By 1975, he was going for his sixth shot at the title when he was approached to be the subject of a documentary titled “Pumping Iron,” (which also featured future “Incredible Hulk” star Lou Ferrigno).
He becomes an unlikely mega-star
After starring in a few movies and TV series in the late ’70s (in addition to “Pumping Iron”), a 31-year-old Schwarzenegger was cast as the lead in the big budget “Conan the Barbarian,” an action film that became a box-office success and would catapult the beefy guy with the funny accent to a wildly successful acting career. When, in 1984’s “The Terminator,” Schwarzenegger uttered the now-famous line “I’ll be back,” he meant it.
He marries a Kennedy
Arnold Schwarzennegger and Maria Shriver’s most-recent headlines may have been centered around their split, but back in the ’80s, the couple created buzz simply by being together. When the world found out a one-time beefy bodybuilder (not to mention a staunch Republican!) was marrying a Kennedy (Shriver is the daughter of John F. Kennedy’s sister Eunice), it seemed a little hard to believe.
The Terminator becomes The Governator
When the state of California recalled then-governor Grey Davis in 2003, the whole thing quickly turned into a media circus, with a whopping 135 candidates becoming certified to appear on the ballot. The roster included Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flint, “Diff’rent Strokes” actor Gary Coleman, and adult film star Mary Carey. Schwarzenegger threw his hat in the ring by announcing his candidacy on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” where he was supposed to be promoting “Terminator 3.” He later revealed his plan was to just make the announcement for laughs, but — what do you know? — people took him seriously, seriously enough that he ran. Seriously enough that he actually won.
He fathers a child with his housekeeper
shortly after he and wife Shriver announced their split in the spring of 2011 — proof emerged that he had indeed been unfaithful during his 25-year marriage. That proof came in the form of a 13-year-old boy, who happened to be Schwarzenegger’s illegitimate child with a woman who worked for him.
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- Arnold Schwarzenegger Confirms: Twins Sequel is On [Sequels] (gawker.com)
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- Comic-Con: Arnold Schwarzenegger Confirms He’s Doing ‘Twins’ Sequel With Ivan Reitman (deadline.com)