Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born in Austria on July 30, 1947. He is a filmmaker, actor, author, businessman, activist, and philanthropist. He has also been involved in active politics in America, having served as governor of California for two terms, between 2003 and 2011.

As weightlifter

He started lifting weights as a teenager, when he was barely 15. When he was 20 years old, he rose to fame by achieving the Mr. Universe title. His star continued shining as he actively entered bodybuilding contests and won several awards. His fame in the sport pushed him to start writing books on bodybuilding, and he even founded the Arnold Sports Festival, which dominates as one of the most important events in bodybuilding. He also wrote a popular column on the sport.

As an actor

Schwarzenegger became famous in the acting world through his debut in the film Conan the Barbarian. What projected him into star status was his role in the Terminator, a sci-fi classic directed by James Cameron. He continued acting in the Terminator sequels, gaining worldwide fame. He then appeared in other famous films, such as Commando, Twins, Running Man and True Lies.


He married Maria Shriver in 1986. Maria is a niece of former US president, John F. Kennedy and daughter of former US ambassador to France, Sargent Shriver. His marriage to Maria ended in 2011, when they separated after claims that Schwarzenegger had fathered a child with another woman.


In 2003, he made his entry into politics as a Republican candidate. He was elected as governor of California to replace the then governor, Gray Davis. He was re-elected in 2006 and he served until 2011, before returning to acting. In his political career, people fondly called him ‘The Governator’; a combination of his role as governor and what he is famous for; his role as actor in the film Terminator.