Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, Austria, July 30, 1947. He is an Austrian bodybuilder, actor and a politician. He served as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California between 2003 and 2011. As a young man, Schwarzenegger gained widespread attention as a highly successful bodybuilder. He won the Mr Universe title aged only 20.
After a tough childhood, Schwarzenegger took up weight training aged 14 or 15. He didn’t get on with his father and proved rebellious. Aged 19 he won the junior Mr. Europe competition and served a week in jail for going AWOL from the Austrian military – where he was doing his compulsory service. In 1966, he came second in the Mr Universe competition in London and Schwarzenegger was given full time coaching to become a better bodybuilder. His new training paid off and he won Mr Universe the following year. With this success, he was able to follow a childhood ambition and move to the US in 1968.
Aged 23, he went on to capture the first of several Mr Olympia titles in New York. His weight training manual. Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder – was a great success and he became well known outside of bodybuilding circles.
Schwarzenegger later admitted to using performance-enhancing anabolic steroids (although in the 1970s, this was legal).
He also later gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film star. His big breakthrough was in 1982 with Conan the Barbarian and the sequel Conan the Destroyer (1984) The most famous films he featured in, were the Terminator series. Schwarzenegger was nicknamed “The Austrian Oak” in his bodybuilding days.
After retiring from bodybuilding, he pursued a career in politics. He stood as a Republican candidate for California’s governor in 2003 and was re-elected in 2006.
Schwarzenegger is a Republican and was first elected on October 7, 2003, in a special After retiring from office in January 2011, Schwarzenegger planned to make a return to movies.