Interesting Facts About Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian born American actor, former professional bodybuilder, producer, director, model, activist, philanthropist, businessman, investor, writer and politician. Arnold Schwarzenegger had an incredible life, and he was born on July 30, 1947, in Austria. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a huge figure of the 20th and 21st century. His father Gustav was an alcoholic police chief and member of the Nazi Party, who favored Arnold’s brother over his less athletic younger son.

Arnold has said that he suffered from child abuse by his father growing up and it was somewhat normal in society then as parents wanted their children to conform. He served a year in the Austrian Army as was required.

His Father Had a Belief That Arnold Was Not His Biological Son And Would Favor His Elder Son Meinhard Over His Younger Son


Arnold Begin Weight Training When He Was 15 Years Old

His biography says he started weight-training and hitting the gym aged 15, shunning football in his native Austria to become a bodybuilder.

I was a 15-year-old farm kid growing up in Austria when I was first inspired by a bodybuilding magazine with a picture of him on the cover from one of his Hercules movies. My life was never the same. He was so powerful and rugged-looking that I decided right then and there I wanted to be a bodybuilder, another Reg Park. From the beginning I was a big believer in the basic movements, because that was Reg Park’s preference. He would stay with the basic exercises–bench presses, chin-ups, squats, rowing, barbell curls, wrist curls, pullovers, leg extensions, calf raises. These were the movements that worked most directly on all body parts.

Arnold Won The Mr. Universe Title At The Age Of 20

Arnold’s introduction to body building began at the age of 15, and after only 5 years of training Arnold would become the youngest Mr. Universe winner ever, winning the 1967 amateur NABBA Mr. Universe title in London, at 20 years of age.

With his sights set on Hollywood, he emigrated to America in 1968, and went on to win five Mr. Universe titles and seven Mr. Olympia titles before retiring to dedicate himself to acting. Later, he would go on to earn a college degree from the University of Wisconsin and proudly became a U.S. citizen.


Arnold First Movie Role Was In The Low-Budget Hercules in New York

Arnold Schwarzenegger, then little-known outside of body building circles, made his screen debut in this comic variation on the “sword and sandal” epics popular in the 1950’s and ’60’s. Hercules (Schwarzenegger) has grown tired of his life on Mount Olympus, and wishes to visit Earth.

Budget of 75 dollars and a couple gift certificates, Hercules in New York was the 22-year-old Schwarzenegger’s big-screen debut. They credited him as “Arnold Strong,” because it was easier to spell and played up the fact that his primary skill was being able to lift heavy things.

Arnold Married Television Journalist Maria Shriver

Arnold Schwarzenegger married Maria Shriver and she become the first lady of California from 2003-10. She was born on November 6, 1955, in Chicago, Illinois, Maria Shriver is the niece of John F. Kennedy. She started as a news writer and producer at a Philadelphia television station. She joined NBC in 1986 as a correspondent. She resigned in 2003 when her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, became the Governor of California.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver married on April 26, 1986, in Hyannis, Mass, with many members of the Kennedy clan and celebrities present, and a crowd of fans cheering outside.


Arnold Was Told That He Had No Chance In The Movie

In the early stages of his acting career, Arnold was told that he had no chance. Casting people have even said that his body is “too weird,” his accent is funny, and his name was too long, which they insisted on changing.


In Preparation For “Terminator“, Arnold Schwarzenegger Worked With Guns Every Day For a Month

He practiced weapon stripping and reassembly blindfolded until the motions were automatic. He spent hours at the shooting range practicing with weapons without looking when reloading or cocking.


Arnold Schwarzenegger Did Not Accept His California Governor’s Salary Of $175,000 Per Year

In a symbolic step to set the tone for his austerity plans, the film star said he would not accept his $175,000 annual salary as governor.


Arnold Schwarzenegger Was Broke Into Local Gyms When They Were Closed During The Weekends

He was so dedicated that he would break into his local gym at the weekend, when it was closed, in order to train.

Later then he said “It would make me sick to miss a workout… I knew I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror the next morning if I didn’t do it.”


Arnold Schwarzenegger Was In a Japanese Commercial

During the 1980s and early 1990s, Schwarzenegger appeared in many cup noodle and energy drink ads. Known as “Schwa-chan,” his catchphrase was “daijou-V,” a wordplay on “daijoubu” (“okay” in Japanese) and the “V” in energy drink he was selling. Arnold Schwarzenegger was often traveling to Japan to shoot TV commercials—a favorite pastime of many Western celebs who want to cash in without looking greedy back home. Arnold, though, did more Japanese ads than most, and they were wackier than most, too.

In 1992, Arnold Bought The First Hummer Manufactured For Civilian Use

The former action hero, became the first person to own a Hummer for personal use back in 1992, before gradually building up his collection to eight of the military vehicles.

Schwarzenegger identified with the vehicles. They were big, brash and boxy, and unapologetically so, and thus the perfect automotive avatar for Arnold. “Look at those deltoids; look at those calves,” he would later say, upon inspecting a Humvee up close.

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