ARNOLD SCHWARZNEGGER BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947 in Thal, Styria, Austria with the birth name Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger. Throughout his career he earned such nicknames as 'The Running Man', 'Conan the Governor', 'the Austrian Oak' and 'Conan the Republican'.
His life began in a small village in Austria where he became involved in bodybuilding. He earned quite a reputation as one of the world's best bodybuilders and he decided to try and use his popularity to his advantage. At the age of eighteen, in 1965, he was required to serve one year in the army, and upon completing his service he returned to his love of bodybuilding.
At the age of twenty-one, he moved to the United States in pursuit of a career in the film industry. In the beginning he had a very difficult time breaking into the industry. With his strong accent going against him the film industry was hesitant to open their doors to him. He continued making a name for himself as a bodybuilder, winning a total of five Mr. Universe titles and seven Mr. Olympia titles while also pursuing his studies by enrolling at Santa Monica College to study English and earned a BA by corresponding with the University of Wisconsin in 1979 in International Economics.
Soon, with his increased fan base as a bodybuilder, he was given a chance to debut in his first film role in "Hercules in New York" (1969) followed by a role in "Stay Hungry" (1976), for which he won his first Golden Globe Award.
With this honor and some experience under his belt film roles came easier to him such as in "The Villain" (1979) and "The Jayne Mansfield Story" (1980) which aired on television. Although he was now getting work as an actor and Hollywood was beginning to take notice of him, no role he had been cast in had yet brought him the level of fame he hoped for. That was until he was cast in "Conan the Barbarian" (1982), an over-the-top action film. That was it all it took to make him an international box office star. In 1984 the sequel, "Conan the Destroyer", was released and Schwarzenegger was well on his way to stardom.
Soon he was chosen as the lead in the film "Terminator" (1984), directed by James Cameron, which was a highly successful film and became one of the most profitable films worldwide. More highly successful films followed such as "Commando" (1985), "Raw Deal" (1986), "Predator" (1987), "The Running Man" (1987) and "Red Heat" (1988).
As his career in the industry progressed he wanted to share a different side of himself with a comedic style. He was cast in the film "Twins" (1988) opposite Danny Devito and "Kindergarten Cop" (1990), both showing a different side and gaining a wider range of fans.
He did not stop there -- he took on the next James Cameron film, "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991), for which he won the honor of being voted "International Star of the Decade" by the National Association of Theatre Owners. Other roles that followed were in "Last Action Hero" (1993), "True Lies" (1994), "Junior" (1994), "Jingle All the Way" (1996), "Eraser" (1996), "Batman & Robin" (1997), "End of Days" (1999), "The 6th Day" (2000) and "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" (2003), which, due to having a different director, turned out not to be as successful as the previous films.
After his huge film resume and more financial security than anyone would ever need, he could have retired or returned home to Austria, but Schwarzenegger had other plans and he decided to pursue a career in politics. However, he was seen on the screen in three more film roles ("The Rundown" (2003), "Around the World in 80 Days" (2004) and "The Kid & I" (2005), before taking a break from the industry.
In 2003, he was elected the 38th Governor of California and served until 2011. During his time in office he went against the advice of many associates and did what he felt would be best for the State of California. In 2006 he signed a bill creating the first cap in the nation on greenhouse gas emissions. His goal was to reduce California's emission's by 25 percent.
Schwarzenegger married Maria Shriver in 1986 and together the couple have four children. However, they filed for divorce in 2011 after it became public knowledge that he had had an affair with a former employee and fathered a son.
Schwarzenegger has decided to return to the film industry and the following films are set to release shortly -- "Spongebob Squarepants" (2012), "The Expendables 2" (2012), "The Last Stand" (2013) and "Black Sands" (2013).
2013 The Last Stand
2012 Black Sands
2012 The Expendables 2
2012 SpongeBob SquarePants
2010 The Expendables
2004 Around the World in 80 Days
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
2003 The Rundown
2002-2003 Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776
2002 Collateral Damage
2000 The 6th Day
1999 End of Days
1997 Batman & Robin
1996 Jingle All the Way
1996 T2 3-D: Battle Across Time
1994 True Lies
1993 Last Action Hero
1992 Christmas in Connecticut
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1990 Kindergarten Cop
1990 Total Recall
1990 Tales from the Crypt
1988 Red Heat
1987 The Running Man
1986 Raw Deal
1985 Red Sonja
1984 The Terminator
1984 Conan the Destroyer
1982 Conan the Barbarian
1980 The Jayne Mansfield Story
1979 Scavenger Hunt
1979 The Villain
1977 The San Pedro Beach Bums
1977 The Streets of San Francisco
1976 Stay Hungry
1974 Happy Anniversary and Goodbye
1973 The Long Goodbye
1969 Hercules in New York