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Arnold Schwarzenegger Bio, Age, Height, Career, Personal Life & More

Posted By: Ejaz Abbasi | March 10, 2019

Arnold Schwarzenegger Biography

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Australian-American actor, producer, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, politician, and former professional bodybuilder. More important to know about Arnold is that he served two terms as the 38th governor of California from 2003 to 2011. He preceded by Gray Davis while succeeded by Jerry Brown.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

He was born on July 30, 1947, in Thal, Austria. His height is 6 feet and 2 inches. His better half is Maria Shriver.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Early life

Arnold was born to Aurelia and Gustav Schwarzenegger. His father was local chief of police and had served in World War II as Hauptfeldwebel after voluntarily joining the Nazi Party in 1938, though he was discharged in 1943 following a bout of malaria. According to Arnold, his father was not too much interested in listening to his problems. He had a good relationship with his mother and kept in touch with her until her death.

At school, Arnold was an average student, but he kept an exuberant character there. Money was a problem for him in his school life. In his early age, he participated in many sports, heavily influenced by his father. He picked up the first barbell in 1960; it was the time when his soccer coach took his team to a local gym. At the age of 14, he chose bodybuilding over soccer as a career. He became well developed during bodybuilding, so he started going to the gym and joined Olympic lifting. Arnold told the media that his father wanted him to be a police officer like he was while her mother wanted him to trade school.

As a teenager, Arnold grew up with Steve Reeves in 1961, Arnold met former Mr. Austria Kurt who gave the invitation to him to train at the gym in Graz. He was devoted as the youngster that he broke up into local gym on weekends so that he could train even it was closed.

In an interview with Fortune in 2004, Arnold explained how he suffered at the hands of his father who used to pull his hair and even hit him with belts.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Adulthood

Arnold served in the Austrian Army in 1965 to fulfill the one year of service required at the time of all 18 years old Austrian males. During his time in the army, he won the Junior Mr. Europe contest. He went AWOL during basic training so he could participate in the contest and spent a week in military prison.

In 1966, while at Bennett’s home, he owned the opportunity to meet the childhood idol Reg Park, who later became his pal and mentor. The training paid off and in 1967, he won the title for the first time, becoming the youngest ever Mr. Universe at the age of 20. He attended a business school and worked in a health club where he worked and trained from 1966 to 1968.

In 1977, he posed for the gay magazine “after dark”. After taking English classes at Santa Monica College in California, he earned a bachelor’s degree by correspondence from the University of Wisconsin Superior, in international marketing of fitness and business administration in 1979. He earned his American citizenship in 1983.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Career

Arnold is an important figure in the history of bodybuilding. He remained prominent face in bodybuilding long after his retirement, in part because of his ownership of gyms and fitness magazines. He presided over many contests and award shows.

For many years, Arnold also wrote a monthly column for the bodybuilding magazines “muscles & fitness and flex.” When he was governor, he was also appointed as executive editor of both the magazines. The magazines were able to donate $250,000 a year to the governor various physical initiatives.’

Arnold Schwarzenegger

His bodybuilding victories included five Mr. Universe wins, and 7 Mr. Olympia wins, which is a record which would stand until Lee Haney won his eighth consecutive Mr. Olympia title in 1991.

In 1967, Arnold won the Munich stone-lifting contest, in which a stone weighing 508 Germans pounds is lifted between the legs while standing on two footrests.

His goal was to become the greatest bodybuilder in the world which meant becoming Mr. Olympia. He made his first attempt in 1969 when he lost to three-time champion Sergio Olivia.

In 1970, at the age of 23, he captured his first Olympic title in New York and would go to win title seven times.

In 1977, his autobiography became a huge success. He got his American citizenship in 1983.  He continued his winning streak in 1971-74 competitions. In 1975, he was once again in top form and won the title for the consecutive time by beating Columbia.

He came out of retirement to compete in 1980, Mr. Olympia.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Facts

He was born with a bicuspid aortic valve with only two leaflets. He opted in 1977 for heart valve treatment.

On Dec 9, 2001, he broke six ribs and hospitalized for four days after the motorcycle accident in Los Angeles.

He saved the life of a drowning man in 2004 while on vacation in Hawaii.

He broke his right femur while skiing in Sun Valley with his family in Dec 2006.

His was possessing a height of 6 feet and 2 inches. As a governor, he became engaged in a light-hearted exchange with Assemblyman Herb Wesson over their heights.

His autobiography “total recall” came out in Oct 2002.

Arnold was the first civilian to buy a Humvee.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

His trademark made him a very wealthy actor, and he used his money very wisely by investing in several types of business and real estate.

He was a devoted family man. He met his wife in 1977 who remained television journalist, named Maria Shriver. The couple married in 1986.

For the 2016 Republican Party Presidential primaries, Arnold endorsed fellow Republican John Kasich. But he announced in Dec that he would not vote for the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in that year’s United States presidential election, with this being the first time he did not vote for the Republican candidate since becoming a citizen in 1983.

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