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Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in "The Last Stand" as Sheriff Owens. Schwarzenegger most recently made an uncredited appearance in "The Expendables," starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li.

Political Career

The world knows Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as a famous bodybuilder and a Hollywood action hero. But he is also a successful businessman, generous philanthropist and California's 38th Governor.

Governor Schwarzenegger's most notable accomplishments in his first six years in office include the nation-leading Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006—a bipartisan agreement to combat global warming by reducing California's greenhouse gas emissions - and overhauling the state's workers' compensation system—cutting costs by more than 35 percent. In addition, Governor Schwarzenegger is the first governor in decades to make major investments in improving California's aging infrastructure through his Strategic Growth Plan, helping to reduce congestion and clean the air. He established the Hydrogen Highway and Million Solar Roofs Plan, continuing his leadership in creating a greener environment. In November 2009, more than three years of leadership by Governor Schwarzenegger culminated with the passage of the Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010.

As Governor, he has been California's most effective marketing tool, traveling across the country and around the world promoting California-grown products, cutting-edge technologies and the state's diverse travel destinations. In addition, using his background as an internationally recognized athlete, Governor Schwarzenegger has made restoring health and fitness a top priority. He signed legislation making the state's school nutrition standards the most progressive in the nation and continues to promote healthy habits by taking harmful trans fats out of California restaurants and ensuring nutritional information is available to diners. To improve classrooms across the state and ensure that all California's students have access to the world-class education they need to grow, thrive and succeed, Governor Schwarzenegger has led the reform to make California competitive for up to $700 million in federal Race to the Top funds.



Additionally, since he took office, Governor Schwarzenegger has worked to reform California's fiscal policies, create a better business environment, reduce burdens on employment, boost exports and stimulate job growth. Through the end of 2007, California's Gross State Product had grown by 29 percent since the governor took office in 2003.

This world-famous athlete and actor was born in Austria in 1947, and at 20 became the youngest person ever to win the Mr. Universe title. He came to America shortly after, winning an unprecedented 12 more world bodybuilding titles. Challenging both his body and mind, he earned a college degree from the University of Wisconsin and became a U.S. citizen in 1983. Three years later, he married broadcast journalist Maria Shriver.

Governor Schwarzenegger's most gratifying accomplishments are rooted in public service—committing his time, energy and personal finances to charitable organizations around the world. He and Maria have remained closely involved in Special Olympics, an organization founded by Maria's mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. He was named Special Olympics International Weight Training Coach in 1979 and serves as a Global Ambassador.

Recognizing his passion for helping kids, in 1990 former President George Bush appointed Governor Schwarzenegger Chair of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, in which capacity he traveled all 50 states and recognized the overwhelming need for more after-school alternatives. He also served as Chair of the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under Governor Pete Wilson.

Governor Schwarzenegger has committed himself to promoting physical education and after-school programs. In 2002, his support for Proposition 49, the After-School Education & Safety Act, led it to overwhelming victory. As Governor, he has aggressively worked to increase after-school funding, making California the first state in the nation to significantly invest in a comprehensive after-school program.

His many accomplishments have earned him the praise of numerous organizations, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center's "National Leadership Award" for his support of the organization's Holocaust studies. Schwarzenegger was the only actor to be in both categories of the American Film Institute's Hundred Years of Heroes and Villains. In 2002, Schwarzenegger was given the esteemed honor of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award, presented to him by Ali, a longtime friend and sports mentor.

Movie Career

There was no way of knowing it at the time, but a baby boy born in Graz, Austria, was pre-destined for greatness. His father strongly encouraged him to become involved in athletics in order to develop a strong sense of determination…a trait that evolved into nothing short of a dogged pursuit of excellence in every aspect of his life. He participated in the sport of soccer and competed in track and field events before discovering his true passion for weight lifting at the age of 15. Three years later, he trained as a professional bodybuilder and by the age of 20, he became none other than Mr. Universe. That baby boy grew up to be Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Schwarzenegger would of course go on to become one of the most successful entertainers in box office history, but before the Austrian bodybuilder immersed himself in his lifelong ambition to act, he moved to the United States and received a business degree from the University of Wisconsin. His humanitarian contributions subsequently garnered him an honorary doctorate from the same university. While attending the University of Wisconsin, he continued to compete in bodybuilding, packing an unprecedented thirteen world titles under his belt, including Mr. Universe, Mr. Olympia and Mr. World. With an international fan base, charisma, growing popularity and natural talent in front of media and cameras, his goal of launching a motion picture career was the next logical and inevitable transition.

In 1970, he landed a small role in the aptly titled "Hercules in New York." Another minor break followed when director Bob Rafelson cast him in a key role opposite Sally Field and Jeff Bridges in "Stay Hungry." His performance not only earned him winning reviews, but even a Golden Globe Award for Best Newcomer that year. But it would be the critically acclaimed 1977 film "Pumping Iron" that really captured his engaging, natural presence in front of the camera. The feature-length documentary about the Mr. Olympia competitions would ironically allow him to put his own Mr. Universe moniker aside and pursue acting full-time.

A romantic action-comedy western called "The Villain" was released next, pairing Schwarzenegger with Kirk Douglas and Ann-Margret. That same year, Arnold agreed to play the part of Mickey Hargitay opposite Loni Anderson in "The Jayne Mansfield Story." But it wasn't until 1982 that the former bodybuilder really made his mark on the Hollywood scene in director John Milius's interpretation of "Conan the Barbarian," in which Arnold portrayed the overblown comic-book hero of the mystical Dark Ages. The film grossed over $100 million worldwide, spawning a popular sequel called "Conan the Destroyer" and securing Schwarzenegger a devoted following around the globe.

Soon after becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1983, Schwarzenegger took a chance on a low-budget independent film by an unknown director named James Cameron. A futuristic thriller that featured Arnold as one of the most terrifying villains in movie history, "The Terminator" was a runaway box-office hit. Cited by Time magazine as one of the year's Ten Best Films, the success of "The Terminator" immediately thrust its star into the forefront of Hollywood's elite. Over the next few years, his name would become virtually synonymous with the term "action hero" due to a phenomenal string of crowd-pleasing and money-making adventure films including "Commando," "Raw Deal," "Predator," "The Running Man," "Red Heat" and "Total Recall."

Schwarzenegger was determined to realize yet another one of his goals by tapping his previously unknown talents as a comedic actor. The result was the 1988 movie "Twins" in which Arnold starred alongside Danny DeVito with Ivan Reitman directing. The film's triumphant success paved the way for a reunion of sorts when the two actors, directed again by Reitman, starred together in 1995's "Junior." True to form, Schwarzenegger received a Best Actor in a Comedy Golden Globe nomination for his performance.

Despite Arnold's success and accomplishments in comedy, it was definitely action that became his signature statement on the big screen. And nothing could have prepared Arnold fans for the hugely successful sequel to his breakthrough role as a killer cyborg from the future in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." The big-budget follow-up to the sleeper hit seven years earlier brought in more that $500 million worldwide, his greatest commercial success to date and one of the biggest grossing films of the decade.

To this day, Schwarzenegger continues to be the driving force behind many of the industry's biggest blockbusters, including "True Lies," "Eraser," "Batman and Robin," "Kindergarten Cop" and "End of Days." He even became active behind the scenes of movie-making, directing an episode from the popular HBO series "Tales from the Crypt" called "The Switch" and a Turner Network Television (TNT) remake of the holiday classic "Christmas in Connecticut," starring Dyan Cannon, Kris Kristofferson and Tony Curtis. In late 2000, Schwarzenegger released the science fiction action picture "The 6th Day," and in 2002, the much anticipated action thriller titled "Collateral Damage" hit theaters. Soon afterwards, he reprised his most famous role for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines."

Just some of the many acknowledgments Schwarzenegger has received over the years include the National Association of Theater Owners inventing a new award to present to him at the ShoWest convention in February of 1993: International Star of the Decade. In both 1991 and 1997, he was lauded with the Simon Wiesenthal Center's National Leadership Award for his support of the organization's Holocaust studies. He was also the recipient of the ShoWest Humanitarian of the Year Award in 1997 and in 1998 received the Moving Picture Ball's American Cinematheque Award. In 2000, he was recognized by Boys and Girls Town with the Father Flanagan Service to Youth Award for his efforts with ICG and Special Olympics and received the AFMA's top honor as World Wide Box Office Champ.

He was honored in 2001 at the International World Sports Awards with their highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, for his accomplishments as an athlete and for promoting health, sports and fitness among children. In the same year he was also awarded the Taurus Honorary Award by the World Stunt Awards organization to honor his body of work, which consistently supports and celebrates the art and science of stunts in cinema. In 2002, he was given the esteemed honor of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award, presented to him by Ali, a longtime friend and sports mentor. He also recently was honored with the Caritas Award for Spirit of Charity from St. Johns Hospital with wife Maria Shriver.

In 2002 Schwarzenegger was selected by Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn to light the Olympic cauldron during the countrywide torch run for the summer 2002 Olympics. Schwarzenegger has also received several honorary degrees in recent years. His alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, presented him with the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1979; Imadec University in Vienna bestowed an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration for his Life Achievements in 2001 and in 2002; Chapman University presented him with a Doctorate of Humane Letters for his work with Special Olympics as well as Inner City Games.

In addition, Schwarzenegger is a well-respected investor and business entrepreneur, event producer and author. He has significant commercial real estate holdings in Southern California and considerable corporate investments. Schwarzenegger is a partner with the Limited, Inc. and Georgetown Associates in the Easton Town Center, a one million square-foot urban entertainment and retail shopping center located in the northeast quadrant of Columbus, Ohio, which was opened in 1999. He is also a producer of the Arnold Classic, one of the largest annual bodybuilding and fitness events in the world. The weekend long expo is attended by over 70,000 people and features over 600 booths including the Arnold Strong Man Competition, The Powerlifting World Championship, The Karate World Cup Championship, and a handicapped competition. Schwarzenegger is also the author of many books including Arnold, The Education of a Bodybuilder as well as two volumes of the Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.

Throughout his lifetime, Arnold Schwarzenegger has provided the world with so many significant contributions and achievements along a broad spectrum of work ranging from acting, directing and producing to athletic competitions, business ventures and community service. From his early days as Mr. Universe to a well-respected patron of the arts to reigning box office champion he expects the best from himself and inspires the best in others.

Governor Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have four children: Katherine, Christina, Patrick and Christopher.




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ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER: FACTS

How tall is Arnold Schwarzenegger? How old is Arnold Schwarzenegger? Find out here.

Age: 69 years old
Birthday: July 30, 1947
Height: 6' 2"
Nickname: Arnie
Austrian Oak
Conan the Republican
Styrian Oak
The Governator
The Running Man
Conan the Governor
Full Name / Real Name: Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger
Birthplace: Thal, Styria, Austria
Wife: Maria Shriver (4/26/1986, filed for divorce, 4 children)





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