Arnold Schwarzenegger – American Icon

Arnold Schwarzenegger is an American actor, film producer, entrepreneur, politician, and former professional bodybuilder. He served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011. Arnold was born in Thal, Austria, and started weight training at the age of 15. Arnold won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times, remaining a prominent presence in bodybuilding and writing many books and articles on the sport.

Arnold has appeared in over 30 films throughout his career. He achieved prominence as a Hollywood action film star with blockbusters such as Conan the Barbarian (1982), The Terminator (1984), Commando (1985), The Running Man (1987), Predator (1987), Twins (1988), Total Recall (1990), Kindergarten Cop (1990) and True Lies (1994).

Arnold has also played opposite Sylvester Stallone in films such as Escape Plan (2013). He has appeared in comedies, including The Kardashians (2015) and After School Special (2017). Arnold has also been a political activist and has served as the chairman of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.

Arnold is also a former member of the Republican Party and has been active in politics since the 1980s. Arnold Schwarzenegger is an American icon and his impact on American culture is undeniable. Arnold has inspired people all over the world to pursue their dreams and live life to the fullest. Arnold is a true American success story and his determination and drive are an inspiration to us all.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is without a doubt the most famous American figure and box-office draw on the planet, not just in America, but across the world; despite his many variations for people, the end result is always staggering box office earnings. His movies’ bloodshed has a worldwide language that guarantees foreign markets are appealing prospects. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger was a surprise worldwide success. He was a genuine underdog story: his father, an Austrian police officer and carpenter, abandoned the family when he was seven years old, leaving young Arnold to grow up in the care of his mother and grandparents.

Young Arnold had no interest in sports; instead, he found inspiration from such sources as books about Thomas Edison and reading bodybuilding magazines. The son of Austrian cops and carpenters who fled from him when he was seven years old would have had no idea that this lean youngster with biceps like tree trunks could one day rule over California.

Arnold’s father, Gustav Schwarzenegger, was a local police chief in the village and Arnold’s mother, Aurelia Jadrny Schwarzenegger, was a strict Catholic homemaker. Arnold had an older brother Meinhard who died in 1971 in a car accident. Arnold himself narrowly averted being killed in a similar fate when he lost control of his own car while driving on an icy road and crashed into a tree.

Arnold survived with minor injuries but the event made him realize how precious life is and that he wanted to make something of himself. Arnold started school in Graz at the age of six where he quickly learned to speak German fluently. Arnold became interested in bodybuilding at the age of fifteen after reading the book The Strongest Man in the World by Reg Park. Arnold went to work at a local gym and started lifting weights.

Arnold’s mother did not approve of his new hobby and Arnold had to sneak out of the house to work out. When Arnold was seventeen years old he moved to Munich, Germany to pursue his dream of becoming a professional bodybuilder. Arnold won the Mr. Universe title at age twenty and then went on to win the Mr. Olympia title five times in a row. Arnold’s success as a bodybuilder led to him being cast in small roles in European movies such as Hercules in New York (1970) and The Long Goodbye (1972).

Arnold’s big break came when he was cast as the star of director Bob Rafelson’s film Stay Hungry (1976). Arnold’s performance in the film was well received and he was then cast by director John Milius to star as Conan in the movie Conan the Barbarian (1982). Arnold’s career as an action star was firmly established with his starring roles in The Terminator (1984), Commando (1985), Raw Deal (1986), and Predator (1987).

Arnold’s popularity as an action star led to him being cast in a number of comedies such as Twins (1988) and Kindergarten Cop (1990). Arnold’s success as an actor led to him being elected Governor of California in 2003. Arnold has continued to make successful movies such as The Expendables franchise (2010-2018) and Terminator Genisys (2015).

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a true American Icon. His rags to riches story is the epitome of the American Dream. Arnold’s success as an actor and politician have made him one of the most recognizable people in the world. Arnold’s determination and drive have inspired people of all ages to pursue their dreams.

Schwarzenegger’s brother, Adolph, is a doctor. When he was six years old, Schwarzenegger began playing soccer because his father wanted him to get in better shape for his upcoming competition (Hoberman 24). Schwarzenegger gave up on the sport when he was 9 due to an accidental encounter with the school’s weight room. “When I saw those animals climbing around doing 20 chin-ups and squatting 200 kilos [440 pounds] snatching up 315 it outweighed by far everything that I’d seen on the soccer field” (Shaw 140).

Schwarzenegger’s infatuation with America only strengthened his resolve. “It was a very American sport; therefore, if I performed well, it might take me to America” (Hoberman 23 Arnold Schwarzenegger became one of the most famous and accomplished bodybuilders in history, winning Mr. Olympia seven times.

His relatives and friends tried to persuade him to give up a sport that they deemed perverted and narcissistic. Their opposition made no difference, however; Schwarzenegger redoubled his efforts after being challenged. He soon filled his wall with pictures of bodybuilders he wished to follow in an attempt on the photo of himself working out from home.

I had a good idea of where I wanted to go within a year. From that day forward, my objectives were obvious to me! (Flynn 18). Schwarzenegger’s devotion to bodybuilding helped him achieve the title of Mr. Olympia and one of the most well-known people on Earth.

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