Arnold Schwarzenegger – From Fitness To Stars
Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger has solidified his name as one of Hollywood’s most influential, versatile and successful actors.
He began his career as a professional bodybuilder in the little town of Graz at just 15 years old.
The son of a policeman then went on to become a filmmaker, actor, producer, author, businessman, activist, and politician.
The world-renown Austrian-American bodybuilder cum actor was born on July 30, 1947, near Graz, Austria.
At 15 years old, Arnold picked up his first set of weights and pursued weightlifting as a career. It paid off five years later when he won Mr. Universe at 20 years and then went on to win Mr. Olympia seven times.
To this day, he’s still an icon in the bodybuilding world and is famously known as the Styrian Oak because of his achievements. He retired from bodybuilding in 1975.
It had always been Arnold’s dream to act since he was a child and he finally pursued it after retiring from bodybuilding.
In 1982 box-office hit Conan the Barbarian catapulted Arnold’s Hollywood status straight to the top.
From there he continued acting in successful action films that he is remembered for until today.
He has acted in movies like Predator (1987), Kindergarten Cop (1990), Total Recall (1990), True Lies (1994), and The 6th Day (2000), The Terminator and The Expendables. To date his films have grossed over $3 billion worldwide.
In 2003, Schwarzenegger became the 38th Governor of the State of California in a historic recall election. He served for two terms and left office in 2011.
Arnold Schwarzenegger married Maria Shriver, the niece of former US President John F Kenndey in 1986. Arnold met his journalist wife Maria in 1977 at a charity tennis tournament being held at her mother’s home.
After their wedding, they went ahead to have four children namely Katherine Eunice Schwarzenegger (born December 13, 1989), Christina Maria Aurelia Schwarzenegger (born July 23, 1991), Patrick Arnold Shriver Schwarzenegger (born September 18, 1993), and Christopher Sargent Shriver Schwarzenegger (born September 27, 1997).
In May of 2011, the star couple announced their separation after 25 years of marriage. It became public knowledge that Arnold had had an affair with their household in 1997 and together they sirred a lovechild together named Joseph Baena.
In 2015, he told Howard Stern: “I had personal setbacks, but this was, without any doubt, the biggest setback and the biggest failure. Without any doubt. Not only failure, but you feel like, ‘I’m to blame for it.
It was me that screwed up.’ And you can’t point the finger at anyone else. So yeah, I was disappointed in it. It’s always easy to be smart in hindsight. The thing was how do you make the best of that situation?”
Katherine’s Marriage to Chris Pratt
Arnold’s eldest child Katherine Eunice Schwarzenegger started dating actor Chris Pratt in June 2018 and they announced their engagement on January 13, 2019. “Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I’m thrilled to be marrying you.
Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go! 💍🙏♥️” he wrote, on a post of them together which showed off her new engagement ring.
On June 8, 2019, Pratt and Schwarzenegger got married in Montecito, California.
There were rumors that Arnold was against the marriage and did not like having a bigger actor in his family. He rubbished those rumors during an interview.
In October, Schwarzenegger stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to gush some more about the Marvel star. “I’m really happy that [Pratt] is such a great guy,” he told Kimmel. “Not only a very talented guy… but a kind man, kind to my daughter, which is the most important thing for me.”
He also joked about feeling intimidated by Pratt’s star power, saying that he was “blown away” when he heard about Katherine’s new relationship. “I was saying, ‘Do you have to have a guy that is taller than me? That is bigger than me, that makes bigger movies than me?” Rather than having a toxic “testosterone fest” when they get together, it seems Schwarzenegger enjoys having a fellow action star for a son-in-law.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is undoubtedly the most famous bodybuilder of all time.
He has inspired so many young individuals to become bodybuilders and has achieved crazy levels of success.
As of 2020, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s net worth is estimated to be $400 million.