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Arnold Schwarzenegger



While his police-chief father wanted him to become a soccer player, Austrian-born actor Arnold Schwarzenegger opted instead for a bodybuilding career. Born July 30, 1947, in the small Austrian town of Graz, Schwarzenegger went on to win several European contests and international titles (including Mr. Olympia) and then came to the U.S. for body-building exhibitions, billing himself immodestly but fairly accurately as "The Austrian Oak." Though his thick Austrian accent and slow speech patterns led some to believe that the Austrian Oak was shy a few leaves, Schwarzenegger was, in fact, a highly motivated and intelligent young man. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in business and economics, he invested his contest earnings in real estate and a mail-order bodybuilding equipment company.



A millionaire before the age of 22, Schwarzenegger decided to try acting. Producers were impressed by his physique but not his mouthful of a last name, so it was as Arnold Strong that he made his film bow in the low-budget spoof Hercules in New York (1970, with a dubbed voice). He reverted to his own name for the 1976 film Stay Hungry, then achieved stardom as "himself" in the 1977 documentary Pumping Iron. In The Villain (1979), a cartoon-like Western parody, he played "Handsome Stranger," exhibiting a gift for understated comedy that would more or less go unexploited for many years thereafter. With Conan the Barbarian (1982) and its sequel, Conan the Destroyer (1984), the actor established himself as an action star, though his acting was backtracking into two-dimensionality (understandably, given the nature of the Conan role). As the murderous android title character in The Terminator (1984), Schwarzenegger became a bona fide box-office draw, and also established his trademark of coining repeatable catchphrases in his films: "I'll be back," in Terminator, "Consider this a divorce," in Total Recall (1990), and so on.



As Danny De Vito's unlikely pacifistic sibling in Twins (1988), Schwarzenegger received the praise of critics who noted his "unsuspected" comic expertise (quite forgetting The Villain). In Kindergarten Cop (1991), Schwarzenegger played a hard-bitten police detective who found his true life's calling as a schoolteacher (his character was a cop only because it was expected of him by his policeman father, which could have paralleled his own life). Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), wherein Schwarzenegger exercised his star prerogative and insisted that the Terminator become a good guy, was the most expensive film ever made up to its time -- and one of the biggest moneymakers. The actor's subsequent action films were equally as costly; sometimes the expenditures paid off, while other times the result was immensely disappointing -- for the box-office disappointment Last Action Hero (1992), Schwarzenegger refreshingly took full responsibility, rather than blaming the failure on his production crew or studio as other "superstars" have been known to do.



A rock-ribbed Republican despite his marriage to JFK's niece, Maria Shriver (with whom he has four children), Schwarzenegger was appointed by George Bush in 1990 as chairman of the President's Council of Physical Fitness and Sports, a job he took as seriously and with as much dedication as any of his films. A much-publicized investment in the showbiz eatery Planet Hollywood increased the coffers in Schwarzenegger's already bulging bank account. Schwarzenegger then added directing to his many accomplishments, piloting a few episodes of the cable-TV series Tales From the Crypt as well as a 1992 remake of the 1945 film Christmas in Connecticut.



Schwarzenegger bounced back from the disastrous Last Action Hero with 1994's True Lies, which, despite its mile-wide streak of misogyny and its gaping plot and logic holes, was one of the major hits of that summer's movie season. Following the success of True Lies, Schwa

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Terminator 3
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet Terminator 2
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Aftermath
  • Roman
2017
No Score Yet Why We're Killing Gunther
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet The Legend of Conan
  • Conan
2017
No Score Yet Too Big for the World
  • Actor
2016
25% Terminator Genisys
  • The Terminator
2015
58% Maggie
  • Wade
  • Producer
2015
32% The Expendables 3
  • Trench
2014
20% Sabotage
  • Breacher
2014
49% Escape Plan
  • Rottmayer
2013
80% Generation Iron
  • Actor
2013
94% Milius
  • Actor
2013
60% The Last Stand
  • Sheriff Ray Owens
2013
66% The Expendables 2
  • Trench
2012
71% Revenge of the Electric Car
  • Actor
2011
40% Gerrymandering
  • Actor
2010
41% The Expendables
  • Trench
2010
No Score Yet Killer at Large: Why Obesity Is America's Greatest Threat
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Why We Train
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Accidental Advocate
  • Actor
2008
73% Darfur Now
  • Actor
2007
13% Running With Arnold
  • Himself
2007
60% Al Franken: God Spoke
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Biography: Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet How Arnold Won the West
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Saddam Hussein: Weapon of Mass Destruction
  • Actor
2004
31% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Prince Hapi
2004
No Score Yet How Arnold Won the West
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien - 10th Anniversary Special
  • Actor
2004
70% Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines
  • Terminator
2003
No Score Yet Joe's Last Chance
  • Actor
2003
19% Collateral Damage
  • Gordon Brewer
2002
42% Dr. Dolittle 2
  • White Wolf
2001
41% The 6th Day
  • Adam Gibson
  • Producer
2000
11% End of Days
  • Jericho
1999
No Score Yet Portrait of Leonardo: Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Actor
1998
11% Batman & Robin
  • Mr. Freeze/Dr. Victor Fries
1997
17% Jingle All the Way
  • Howard Langston
1997
36% Eraser
  • `Eraser' John Kruger
1996
34% Junior
  • Dr. Alexander Hesse
1994
72% True Lies
  • Harry Tasker
1994
37% Last Action Hero
  • Executive Producer
  • Jack Slater
1993
94% Dave
  • Himself
1993
No Score Yet Feed
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Carnival in Rio
  • Actor
1992
93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • The Terminator
1991
No Score Yet Christmas in Connecticut
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet American Sportsman - Wild Animals
  • Actor
1991
51% Kindergarten Cop
  • John Kimble
1990
82% Total Recall
  • Douglas Quaid / Hauser
1990
34% Twins
  • Julius Benedict
1988
62% Red Heat
  • Capt. Ivan Danko
1988
61% The Running Man
  • Ben Richards
1987
78% Predator
  • Dutch
1987
25% Raw Deal
  • Mark Kaminsky aka Joseph P. Brenner
1986
69% Commando
  • Col. John Matrix
1985
15% Red Sonja
  • Kalidor
1985
100% The Terminator
  • The Terminator
1984
26% Conan the Destroyer
  • Conan
1984
No Score Yet Party in Rio
  • Actor
1983
70% Conan the Barbarian
  • Conan
1982
No Score Yet Shape Up With Arnold
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Jayne Mansfield: A Symbol of the '50s
  • Mickey Hargitay
1980
No Score Yet The Comeback
  • Himself
1980
0% The Villain
  • Handsome Stranger
1979
75% Stay Hungry
  • Joe Santo
1976
96% Pumping Iron
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Jabberwalk USA
  • Actor
1976
17% Hercules in New York
  • Hercules
1975

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Nightline
1980
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Lt. Wagner
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004
  • Reality cast member
  • Actor
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Meet the Press
1947
  • Guest

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