Arnold Schwarzenegger is widely known as the best bodybuilder in the world. When he was young, he had dreams of becoming a professional bodybuilder, but his father thought that was non-sense. This didn’t stop him. He fixed is vision on one goal only: To become Mr. Universe. At age 16, he was the runner up in the Steirer Hof Competition in his hometown of Graz. This was the first time he was brought into the spotlight for his bodybuilding abilities and image. This marked the beginning of his bodybuilding career.
Five years later, at the age of 21, he won the German Powerlifting Championship in Germany. This was the first time he won a large award at the national level in a different country. A year later, in the city of New York, he won the title “Mr. Universe”.
This was a huge milestone for Arnold, as he had been dreaming of this since he was a young teenager. His bodybuilding career excelled from there on. At some point in time, a director by the name Arthur Allan Seidelman approached him with an acting opportunity. In 1970, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in the movie “Hercules in New York.” It was a bust, and received horrible reviews. Despite that Arnold believed he could still be an actor.
He started taking English classes in the United States and got a job as a road worker in the city of Santa Monica, California. During this time, in the mid 1970’s, he was offered a position to audition for the comedy-drama movie, “Stay Hungry.”
This movie was a success and won Arnold his first Golden Globe Award, which was essentially the start of his astonishing acting career. From here, he would go on to star in over 30 movies and winning a number of awards, including an Emmy Award and having his name put in a star on Hollywood Boulevard. However, the highlights of his acting career were the “Terminator” and the “Expendables” movie series, which brought him into international fame for years.
In 2003, Arnold took a break from his acting career and was elected the Governor of California, supporting the Republican Party. In 2006, he won the re-election and took up office again. He was known for his support of LGBT rights, his endorsement of Republican Presidential Candidates, and his overall attitude with the people of California. In 2010, after 7 years as the Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger left politics.
Currently, Arnold Schwarzenegger lives with his wife in California and their four kids. He has began branding his weight-loss supplement and taken on an entrepreneurial lifestyle. He pushes and inspires youth to actively pursue weight lifting and encourages them to live healthy lifestyles. His political stance has stayed the same and he continues to endorse Republican candidates and hopes to do so for the rest of his life.
Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born in a small area just outside of Graz, called Thal, in the country of Austria on July 30th, 1947. He was born to the parents Gustav Schwarzenegger (father) and Aurelia Jadrny Schwarzenegger (mother). Gustav had been a previous Nazi member and was a Police Chief in Austria when he was born. He favored Arnold’s brother more than him, mainly because of his nonathletic lifestyle, and often beat and hit him for not being “proper.” This planted a seed of hate for his father, going as far as making Arnold skip his father and brother’s funerals.
As a young boy, Arnold and his family settled down in a small house above a local police station, allowing his father quick access to work. They were a small family and did not live a very lavish lifestyle, as they were still recovering from the devastation of World War II. Money was an issue and luxuries that most people would have were scarce. His father, Gustav, had drilled a military lifestyle into them, as he had been a military officer before becoming the chief of police. Arnold’s childhood consisted of waking up early, harsh workout routines, and lots of manual labor. While Gustav had encouraged Arnold to pursue the career of a soccer player, he found a love for bodybuilding instead.
In middle and high school, Arnold was seen as a very outgoing and positive character. People respected him and felt he was a good person to be around. It was around this time that Arnold started pursuing bodybuilding aggressively. He would spend most of his teenage days in the gym for hours on end. This was his passion and caused him to form a goal that he would work towards, and that goal was earning the title “Mr. Universe”. However, despite having a promising future in bodybuilding, Arnold still suffered from a troubled home.
Arnold found an escape in watching movies from America. Not only did this make him feel better, but also he began to see America as the land of wonder and dreamed to live and work there one day. This also added fuel to his dream of becoming Mr. Universe. On his spare time, Arnold would also visit movie theatres nearby to see bodybuilding movies starring people like Reg Park and Steve Reeves, and began idolizing their body images.
While training in 1961, Arnold ran into former Mr. Austria, Kurt Marnul. Kurt saw potential in Arnold, and encouraged him to join him at a gym in Graz. Arnold became so obsessed with training that he would break into the gym and workout when it was closed, bringing a whole new meaning to no excuses. Skipping a day of working out was seen as taboo to him, and he hated it. This obsession led his parents having concerns about his dedication to weight lifting. This made tensions between them grow higher, but Arnold continued to pursue this passion.
In 1965, Arnold graduated High School and joined the Austrian Army. All 18 year olds were required joining the military by a law, as Austria had a one year minimum service requirement for everyone at 18. After a few weeks of serving in the Army, he left the military base without the consent of his higher ups, winding him up in jail.
During this time where he was AWOL, Arnold went to a weightlifting competition where he won the title Mr. Junior Europe. After he left jail, he continued to rigorously train and weightlift, jumping right back into his bodybuilding career.
As a child, Arnold Schwarzenegger played soccer, mainly because of his father. His father, Gustav, felt that his boys should be involved in sports, and soccer looked like the best fit for Arnold. Around the age of 14, Arnold was introduced to the world of bodybuilding and weightlifting. He immediately fell in love with the sport and began devoting his life to it. After school he would go to the gym and lift weights for hours on end. He quickly began to grow muscle and started looking for ways to enter contests and receive fame for his achievements. This new-found passion soon worked its way into a goal that he had, earn the title of “Mr. Universe.” In 1961, Arnold ran into previous Mr. Austria, Kurt Marnul, as explained earlier. Kurt introduced Arnold to a local gym, which only added fuel to his burning desire to become the best bodybuilder in the world.
In 1963, at the age of 16 years old, Arnold entered his first bodybuilding competition, the Steirer Hof Competition, in the nearby town of Graz. Although he didn’t win, he was awarded the runner up award. This was Arnold’s first brush of victory in his favorite activity. This only pushed Arnold to try harder and enter more contests. Arnold jumped between his house and the gym in his hometown when it came to training and would train for hours at a time, everyday. He also educated himself in the fields of nutrition and health, allowing him to develop the knowledge to build a diet around bodybuilding and making himself stronger and more muscular. Arnold began to expand his dreams, developing a new one: Move the land of America and make it big. This occupied his mind and became the focal point of everything he did. Arnold was convinced that earning the title “Mr. Universe” would propel him to the United States.
In 1965, Arnold won the Junior Mr. Europe competition in Germany, winning him his first national title in the sport of bodybuilding. However, this came at a cost. Austria, Arnold’s home country, had a minimum requirement of 1 year of service for everyone 18 years of age. About a month into training, Arnold left the base without permission to attend the contest. After winning, he was arrested and spent some time in jail. Following his short period of incarceration, Arnold pursued bodybuilding with more aggression and determination than ever before, striving to win more awards and competitions.
In 1966, Arnold won the Best-Built Athlete award in Germany, which was another competition he could add to his portfolio. Fame around Arnold grew in the bodybuilding community throughout Europe as he quickly soared to the top. In 1966, Arnold would go on to win four more awards, including the International Powerlifting Championship and the Mr. Europe Amateur competition, both taking place in Germany. The highlight of that year, and the biggest achievement of his life at that time, was winning the NABBA Mr. Universe amateur title in London, England.
This is what made Arnold more motivated to improve. He had achieved his teenage goal of winning the “Mr. Universe” title, and his dreams of moving to America grew and became more realistic. With this title, Arnold hoped he would be noticed. In 1967, he won the same title a second time in London, England. With this second win, Arnold strived to win the professional title, not just the amateur equivalent. Training intensified and Arnold pushed himself more and more everyday. His fame continued to grow across Europe, but failed to pick up in the West, where Arnold was hoping it would be noticed. However, due to his outgoing and persistent attitude, Arnold pressed on. He was confident that if he continued to practice and train he could, one day, make it to America.
In 1968, Arnold won the Mr. Universe – professional title in London, England. This was a milestone for him, as this was the most prestigious bodybuilding and weightlifting award you could win in Europe at the time. It was this title that would propel Arnold move across the Atlantic Ocean and move into the United States. At age 21, while knowing very little English and struggling to effectively communicate, Arnold took on the Western bodybuilding community.
While attending a bodybuilding competition in Miami, Florida, Arnold won the title of Mr. Universe. This was his first major title in a location other than Europe. In order to make it more memorable, this was Arnold winning his first competition in the United States; a dream in which he strived for since he was 10 years old. Since he was now in America, there was a much larger competition that was against him. He saw this competition eye-to-eye and challenged it. He began training in a gym in Venice, California with the assistance of Joe Weider, a Canadian bodybuilder.
The two would train intensely and vigorously, with very few breaks and very few days off. Arnold would also go on to befriend multiple professional boxers, bodybuilders, and wrestlers, including Ric Drasin, a famous American bodybuilder at the time. Bodybuilders and weightlifters were blown away by Arnold’s success and wanted to follow in his footsteps. Arnold began to see a potential business in helping others weightlift and began the process to becoming a professional bodybuilder and making a business out of his success and fame. This idea, however, stayed in the back of his mind and wouldn’t present itself for a few more years. In the meantime, he would continue to train and get ready for the future contests and competitions he would enter into.
All this training seemed to pay off, too. That’s because in 1969, at the age of 22, Arnold won the Mr. Universe award in New York City. This was another major milestone for the young, Austrian bodybuilder. In the next year, Arnold would win this title two more times in London, England at two separate competitions, as well as another Mr. Europe title and the Mr. World title in Columbus, Ohio. However, for the first time in his life, Arnold won the title “Mr. Olympia” in New York City in 1970. This was the first time Arnold had won this award, and it was a huge honor and a great accomplishment.
Arnold would go on to win this award five more times before retirement in the years 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1975. During this five-year span, however, these were the only competitions he entered himself into. After close to 14 years in bodybuilding, Arnold Schwarzenegger retired from the sport, going down in history as one of the best bodybuilders known to man. After lots of questioning, Arnold admitted that although he loved the sport with a passion, he had retired to pursue his career in the film industry. However, unexpectedly in 1980, Arnold enrolled in one final Mr. Olympia competition in Sydney, Australia… and won his seventh and final title. After this, Arnold retired for good.
The end of his bodybuilding and weightlifting career didn’t mark and end to his nutrition career, however. In 1977, Arnold released his autobiography and his self-written book on his weight-lifting guide. This book skyrocketed on the charts and was a huge success. People from all over the world fled to their local bookstores to learn what the Austrian-born superman had done to get himself where he was now.
This success with his book inspired Arnold to show off his body in different styles that most wouldn’t expect. He posed naked for a gay magazine, despite the anti-homosexual beliefs a lot of people had at the time. This tolerance towards the gay community would later help Arnold significantly in his political career.
Arnold’s passion for the sport of bodybuilding and the incredible lengths he went to train provided inspiration for generations to come. Following his retirement, an abundance of youth and middle-aged men, and women, took on this sport and began entering in contests all across the world. This sudden inflation in the bodybuilding community created a brand new market that had not been looked at a lot in previous years. Arnold realized the huge impact he had on this generation of people, pushing him to create his own bodybuilding competition, the Arnold Classic, held primarily in Columbus, Ohio every year. Bodybuilders and strongmen from across the globe come to this competition to compete and be judged by some of the best bodybuilders in the world, including the famous Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Arnold moved to the United States of America in 1968, knowing very little English and having little exposure to the Western World. As a child, he grew up in Austria, which was still recovering from the devastation of World War II, and with very few luxuries. However, one thing that Arnold did in his young bodybuilding years was watching lots of movies. While Arnold did have the dream to move to America and continue weightlifting on a very large scale, he began to have a love for the film industry and acting.
After moving to America in 1968, Arnold looked to use his bodybuilding not only as a tool to propel him to the top of many competitions, but to also get himself into the film industry. Arnold had been working odd jobs around California, such as a roadside worker, to earn money, as his bodybuilding career didn’t bring in a livable amount of income. While working these jobs, Arnold scored himself his first acting gig in the movie Hercules in New York in 1970. At this time, Arnold still held a thick Austrian accent, so the movie producers had to work on his lines and make them understandable to the mostly-American audience.
This movie pushed him into a little bit of light in the movie industry. His acting would later be recognized again when he was hired to star in the movies Stay Hungry (1976) and Pumping Iron (1977), both revolving around the bodybuilding and weightlifting sport that Arnold had revolutionized. Arnold’s performance in Stay Hungry was so good that it caused him to win a Golden Globe award in 1977. It was around this time, as well, that he decided to take up English courses and begin to work on his accent. In 1979, he enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Superior. This helped him greatly with his pronunciation and overall proficiency with the English language.
Over the next few years, Arnold would star in small movies here and there, but not gaining very much fame for them. However, in 1981, Arnold was casted for the role that would send him into Hollywood and create a new brand in the acting industry.
That movie was Conan The Barbarian, directed by John Milius. The movie was able to pull in approximately $130 million USD, making it a box office hit at the time. It was also Arnold’s first highly professional casting job, so he saw it as a huge accomplishment for himself. Conan The Barbarian was the ideal movie for Arnold at the time. He wanted to show himself and his body off, but he also wanted to get into a movie that would make others recognize his talent. This was the movie that provided that.
Using his reputation from Conan, Arnold received his second major role in 1984. He was playing in James Cameron’s The Terminator. In the 1980’s, people across the world were going crazy for action movies, and The Terminator was just what they were looking for. At this time, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone were rising in fame because of their participation in action movies. As well, there was a large audience who didn’t see Conan The Barbarian and Arnold’s role in it, but they were instantly drawn to him after seeing his performance while acting as the iconic cyborg assassin known as the Terminator. The Terminator would pull in $78.3 million USD in the box office, which demonstrated another major accomplishment for newly recognized Austrian actor.
Following his performance in The Terminator, Arnold was cast into the leading role for Conan The Destroyer, the sequel to his first major movie. This one, however, was not as successful as the original, and did not receive nearly as good of reviews.
However, this did not discourage Arnold. For the next two years, Arnold would find roles in small; non-box office hit movies, including Red Sonja (1985) and Raw Deal (1986). It was also around this time that Arnold met his wife, Maria Shriver (her uncles were John F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy and Robert Kennedy). They fell in love after meeting each other through acting and instantly took-off in their relationships. They got married on April 26th, 1986.
These movies led to his next big box office hit in 1987, which was Predator; directed by American filmmaker, John McTiernan. This movie was the first of the Predator and Alien vs Predator franchise and incorporated some of Arnold’s most famous lines and movie scenes. Overall, the movie was able to bring in an astounding $98.3 million USD. Arnold’s performance in these shattering box-office movies enabled him to stand out from the crowd. He became an instant fan, favorite for many, and became a role model and inspiration for many actors just entering the industry or looking to become actors in the future. His built and muscular body continued to put a spotlight on bodybuilding and weightlifting, but also had society recognize Arnold as one of the most popular strong men in Hollywood.
His acting career continued to accelerate forwards and didn’t show any signs of slowing down. In the next two years, Arnold would find himself acting in movies such as Twins (1988), Red Heat (1988), Total Recall (1990), and the extremely successful and high loved movie, Kindergarten Cop (1990). By this time, Arnold had brought in millions for himself and was living in a much more luxuries life than he previously lived in during his childhood in Austria. Also, his performance in some of these movies won him three Kid’s Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Actor, which was an honor for Arnold, as he had not won many acting awards. Around this time, as well, Arnold and Maria gave birth to their first kid, a girl named Katherine Schwarzenegger.
In 1991, Arnold wound up playing in another sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day; directed, again, by James Cameron. Returning as the highly loved cyborg assassin, Arnold proved to the public that he had not lost his acting touch in the last five years and took the film industry by storm once again. Terminator 2 crushed box offices worldwide and became the most successful movie out of the Terminator franchise, pulling in a breathtaking $519.8 million USD, almost seven times more money than the original movie. This kind of box office money was extremely prestigious for directors and filmmakers at the time, but was also unheard of for the Austrian actor. This was also the year that Arnold had his second child with his wife, a girl name Christina Schwarzenegger.
The next twelve years of acting for Arnold were a constant stream of movies of all kind and a series of awards. Some of the smaller movies he starred in included Last Action Hero (1993) and Eraser (1996), while some of the larger ones included the holiday classic, Jingle All the Way (1996). Arnold was awarded the Life Career Award in 1992 for his outstanding work and accomplishments done throughout his lifetime. As well, his acting job in Eraser put him in a position that would result in him winning Bambi – International Film award in 1996. In 1998, Arnold won the American Cinematheque Award for his numerous performances and outstanding acting capabilities. In 1993, he had his third child, and his first son, Patrick Schwarzenegger. In 1997, the couple had their fourth and final kid, a boy named Christopher Schwarzenegger. They all happily lived as a family in the city of Los Angeles, California.
In 2003, Arnold added the third movie to the Terminator series. Being directed by Jonathan Mostow, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines saw Arnold bringing the highly enjoyed and greatly missed sci-fi movie back to the big screen with his award winning acting. This was his first major movie of the 21st Century, bringing in a total of $433.4 million USD in the box offices worldwide. Terminator 3 would mark his last major movie before entering politics, because in 2003, Arnold was elected Governor of California, representing the Republican Party. This was not the end of his acting career.
In 2010, after ending his political career, Arnold acted alongside popular actors Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, and Terry Crews in the action-packed, highly anticipated movie, The Expendables. The movie clashed a generation of old, action-based actors with modern movie capabilities and effects, creating an epic movie like no other. The movie pulled in a total of $274.5 million USD worldwide. This sudden rebirth of Arnold’s acting career sparked a light of hope and happiness in millions of people worldwide who had been anxiously awaiting his return to Hollywood.
In 2012, his fans saw the return of the Expendables crew in the sequel, The Expendables 2. Arnold’s performance in this movie continued to capture the love of movie watchers worldwide as they saw their favorite old actors take on a whole new world of problems and enemies. The box office result increased from the original after bringing in a total of $305.4 million USD.
The next two years consisted of Arnold participating in a few small movies and not getting very much fame for those films. But, again in 2014, Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in the second sequel, The Expendables 3. By this time, Arnold had begun focusing on his entrepreneurial dreams and projects. However, this didn’t stop him from showing everything he had. By this time, Arnold was 67 years old and his acting began to become less and less intense. It was Arnold’s positive attitude and consistent hard-working attitude towards his age that would make him a role model for aging actors and filmmakers. The Expendables 3 managed to bring in $206.2 million USD in box offices worldwide, the lowest box office revenue for any of the three movies.
It was around this time that people started to expect Arnold to stop acting, as his age was catching up to him. He surprised people across the world when he appeared for another appearance in Terminator Genesys, the first movie in a separate Terminator series. Old school fans and new generation fans were excited and extremely surprised by Arnold’s new role, and flooded to the movie theatres to support the well-respected actor and see the same cyborg assassin that had rocked their worlds years before. The box office managed to make $440.6 million USD worldwide for this specific movie, making it not the most successful movie in the franchise, but a high revenue and exciting movie.
All his movies combined at this point in time had brought in over $3 billion USD worldwide, more than most actors.
For almost his whole life, Arnold Schwarzenegger had supported the US Republican party. When he moved to the United States, he was influenced to support the Republican Party after watching former President Nixon’s speeches and discussion on television. When Ronald Reagan was in office, Arnold had backed and supported him. When George H.W. Bush was campaigning in 1988, Arnold assisted him with that, too.
Arnold’s start in politics didn’t officially start until he was appointed the Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports from 1990 to 1993. With this job, he would travel around the country and pitch ideas to many clubs and schools, helping them become more fit and help them get more time in for sports.
As someone who had done bodybuilding and following a strict diet since a young age, he was very qualified for the position and used his personal experiences to support his movement and what he was trying to get across to the people he was talking to. He was also able to get all 50 of the US Governors to back his idea of creating after-school fitness programs, something that hadn’t been acted on at the time. His second large achievement with this position was the passing of Proposition 49. This proposition allowed it possible for states to make grants to assist the after-school programs in creating and improving their fitness and sports clubs.
In the early 2000’s, Arnold had been having many conversations with his friends and advisors about running for office in the upcoming election. This idea was pushed on when he was asked to run for the Governor of California in 2001. Many people supported Arnold running for office, including many high-ranking politicians like Republican Karl Rove. Rumors spread that Arnold was going to run in the next election, but he never confirmed it.
In 2003, a petition circulated demanding the recall of Democratic Governor Gray Davis. This petition was put through, and a recall election was announced. Many still wondered if Arnold would run in this election, as he didn’t make it clear if he would or not. And, on August 6th, 2003, Arnold announced on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that he was running for the Californian Governor in the upcoming recall election. Among the sea of candidates, Arnold had the most fame and name-recognition, as he had been a popular face among the American population for years. The media exploded over his decision to run, and his campaign quickly picked up momentum.
Arnold became a crowd favorite as he used his famous movie lines and sayings to put a comedic spin on his campaign slogans. He vowed to make California the best it had ever been, and looked to follow in the large footsteps of former California Governor, and two-time elected president, Ronald Reagan. The idea of him running for President was brought up a lot too, but due to him being born outside of the United States, the Constitution would need to be amended, as all dential candidates needed to be US-born.
On October 7th, 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger won the California recall election for the Republican Party. He rocked the polls, winning with a total of 4,206,284 votes, making up 48.6% of the voters who took part in the election. This victory stood as a milestone for Arnold, but also a huge change in the way politics would happen in the United States. Arnold made political history by winning this election, as he was not US-born and had no political experience before the 2003 campaign. This didn’t matter to the Californian people, as the majority of them backed Arnold and believed he was what’s best for the state.
In his first year in office, Arnold was able to accomplish a lot and follow through on many of his campaign promises. The first one he was able to do was repeal the highly criticized and unpopular decision to increase vehicle license fees by 200%.
This decision had been made to fund the state’s financial budget, but Arnold didn’t believe this to be the most efficient way to handle the situation. To handle the state spending and budgeting, Arnold proposed a three-step program to help even things out and, essentially, solve the state’s problem.
The first suggestion was Proposition 57, officially named the California Economic Recovery Bond Act. This proposition would push for the authorization to float $15 billion in long-term bonds to pay off their high number of accumulated deficits.
The proposition was put forward and voted on, winning a majority vote of 63.3%. However, Proposition 57 would not be put into full effect unless Proposition 58 was also passed. Proposition 58 saw the limiting of state spending. Officially being named the California Balanced Budget Act, the proposition was pushed forward to be voted on. It also won with a vote of 71.2% in favor of it.
The passing of these two propositions marked a large victory for Arnold. It was his first year in office and was extremely successful, as theses were problems that the state suffered from for years. His popularity grew and he continued to be known as a great politician. Among the Californian population, Arnold was recognized as someone who looked to put his country, and his state, before him. He prioritized their needs before his and looked to help everyone around the world, regardless of their age, gender, sexuality, or race. He, essentially, stood as a beacon of good hope and helped bring in a new era of politicians and political leaders.
One thing that Arnold stood for was his support of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) rights. He expressed the supported LGBT rights, but in February of 2004, the mayor of San Francisco tried to change the application documents that would allow same-sex marriages. This movement was immediately shot down by Arnold, who had much, more power than the mayor. This decision conflicted, however, with his previous statements regarding his tolerance towards the gay community. This picked up a lot of media attention and created some talk in California. Anti-gay supporters agreed with this veto, but the pro-gay supporters blamed Arnold for not being honest and truthful with them. However, despite the small conflict, Arnold did not lose very much support and continued to be the crowd-favorite for the bulk of the Californian population.
As well as supporting LGBT rights, Arnold believed in equality for all, leading to him executing Order S-6-04, stating that when it comes time for employment and training, the criteria must be based on their merit and achievements, not their race, gender, sexuality, or religion. In September of 2004, Arnold signed the Omnibus Hate Crimes Bill, which outlined and defined a legal term for hate crimes, and making them illegal. This led to hate crimes being taught to law enforcement officers during training and the creation of many anti-hate crime agencies within various law enforcement offices.
During the Kevin Cooper death penalty case in 2004, Arnold chose not to pardon the convicted murderer, allowing him to be executed by the respectful US authorities. This decision didn’t receive much of a response from the American people, but there were a few controversial problems happening in Austria, Arnold’s home country. Peter Pilz, the spokesman for the Austrian Green Party, felt Arnold had gone against Austrian beliefs and values, and demanded to be abolished from his Austrian citizenship. Although this was a topic in the country, the movement was put to rest and Arnold stayed a respected Austrian citizen.
Also, Arnold showed a heavy support for the Armed Forces. In late 2004, he signed a bill that would award the spouses and families of deceased soldiers a maximum of $10,000. This included any soldier who was regular force, reserve force, National Guard, or part of a militia. This also included spouses who were of the same-sex of the deceased soldier. He often visited military bases and installments around the state of California, or in other parts of the world that he would visit. He had the utmost respect for members of the military, and believed that they, and their families, deserved the best care the country could provide, due to their commitment to their countries.
One roadblock that Arnold ran into was in the spring of 2005, after a report showed that his approval ratings in the state of California had dropped, close to around 49%, but going as low as 40% at times. This was a huge impact to Arnold, as he had the understanding that he was in a good position. A poll conducted at random showed his levels dropping to 37%, making it lower than any Californian governor in history, but this poll couldn’t be used as official numbers. He admitted that in the past year or so, he had made some mistakes, but he encouraged people to recognize them as learning experiences and to keep their faith in him.
Another widely recognized and highly appreciated move on Arnold’s part was when he announced in 2005 that his entire year’s salary, $250,000 USD, was going to be donated to charities across the state that supported many different movements. While a lot of people saw this as a good thing, a group of people accused Arnold of using this as a publicity stunt.
Previously, Arnold had written a lot of articles for various magazines regarding bodybuilding and healthy living. Because of this, he received royalties from each magazine sold. That, mixed in with money he received from his acting days, made it clear that donating $250,000 USD didn’t make much of an impact on his financial stance. However, people looked past that and saluted Arnold for his generous donations.
Again, in 2005, the Arnold’s views on same-sex marriage moved into the spotlight. In early September, he used his veto power to turn down the Code of Fair Campaign Practices. This bill would have made it prohibited to use sexual orientation as a topic to cover during political campaigns. This made Arnold look pro-LGBT, but a decision in late September seemed to lean towards the other direction. He turned down AB 849, a bill that would have approved the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state of California. Although he denied this bill, he signed another one that same day that would further restrict the amount of discrimination regarding sexual orientation, race, and religion for public accommodations.
On June 6th, 2006, California held another state election for the position of Governor. Due to the fact that Arnold had served three years at this point, be was removed from office, unless re-elected. Since he had no plans as stepping down as Governor, he ran again as the front-runner of the Republican Party. It was a success, even better than the 2003 recall election. Arnold won the political race with a majority vote of 4,850,157 people, totaling 55.9% of all votes. This was a 7.3% increase from the previous election.
Arnold took very little time off and jumped right back into the scheme of things. In August of 2006, Arnold signed the Non-discrimination in State Programs and Activities Act. This bill would crack down on the amount of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in state-operated services and activities. Although his veto of Bill AB 849 made the LGBT community felt betrayed, they expressed their fondness for the amount of pro-LGBT bills he passed. He made history for passing the most pro-LGBT bills in Californian Governor history, and US political history. This momentum continued with the signing of Bill SB 1437, prohibiting and restricting the teaching of anti-gay information in textbooks and classrooms across the entire state. Later bills removed and restricted bias based on sexual orientation as jurors in a courtroom, as well as the public workplace.
While there was a lot of focus on the LGBT community, Arnold also pressed to make the state of California safer and more affordable to live in, but also allows the government to have a tighter grip on things such as taxes and partners. In September, he signed the State Income Tax Equity Act. From there on, couples had to file their income taxes as married couples, rather than two separate people. He also created a program that would help domestic partners understand LGBT couples and provide them with brochures. As well, another program and department was set up to help gay couples who were in abusive relationships, allowing them the support and help they needed, but were denied for years. This crusade to also led to Arnold raising the state minimum wage from $6.75/hr to $8.50/hr.
This initiative to make California a more affordable and safer state also led to Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. This was considered a historic bill, as it was the first of it’s kind in Californian history. Arnold pushed this bill aggressively. The ultimate goal of it was to introduce clean energy and cut down on the amount of carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere.
This was also one of Arnold’s biggest beliefs and core values. Although he was a Republican, he believed heavily in the environment and wanted to push and act movements that would help improve the quality of the environment, both for the current and future generations.
In early October of the year 2007, Arnold turned down another bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in California. He also started editing and resigning many bills that covered the topic of LGBT discrimination in a variety of environments, including public spaces, the workplace, and state-funded activities. As well, he signed a bill that would edit the sex programs in the school boards operating across the state. Beforehand, it was mostly Christian beliefs and very biased against the gay community. However, with the creation of bill AB 629, the sex-ed programs in the state of California were changed to include a less-biased program. Sexually transmitted infections and other diseases transmitted from gay sexual intercourse were also taught to students at this time. Arnold felt it was important for kids to learn at a young age the reality of sexual intercourse and to not be biased against gay sex.
Over the next few years, Arnold would continue to strive for the acceptance of the LGBT community and pass bills that would make them more included in the modern-day society. However, outside of supporting the gay community, Arnold continued to develop and assist in the improvement of many after-school clubs and programs, enabling more and more children to experience a healthy and active childhood. His approval ratings jumped in early 2007, and would hold around 50% for the next few years in his position as the Californian Governor.
One of his last major decisions in office was the tax raise in 2009. At the time, California was about $42 billion in debt. This restricted how much Arnold could do with the budget at the time, limiting the amount of state spending. So, as a solution, he raised the sales tax by 1%, generating some extra state income. This decision turned controversial, with many people not supporting it. This led to a small, but not drastic, drop in his approval ratings.
In 2010, Arnold decided to retire as the Governor of California, ending his 7 years of time in office. Although he enjoyed the position, and he had a large following and group of supportive members, he did not want to continue as Governor. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean he is done in politics. In 2013, he mentioned that running for the President of the United States was still a possibility and was something he might consider pursuing in the future. The only problem with this was the fact that he wasn’t born in America, making it against the constitution for him to run for President and fill the position in the White House.
Arnold left politics in 2011 and pursued an entrepreneurial and improving lifestyle, striving the better the lives of as many people as possible. One thing that seemed to bring his world down a little was in 2011, when him and his wife, Maria, separated. This was due to an affair issue Arnold had around fourteen years beforehand with an employee who worked in their house.
While Maria was out, Arnold had sex with Mildred Baena, impregnating her, which later led to him being a father of a fifth child, Joseph. He decided to keep this away from Maria until after his political career, afraid that revealing this earlier may lead to him losing support as the Governor, as he was suppose to act as a role model for the people of California.
This picked up a lot of media attention and caused a scene in many drama-alert magazines, but did not have a large impact on Arnold’s public image. It is popular for celebrities to have affairs and this certain case did not seem that much different than many others, except for the fact that Arnold had been a Governor previously.
The divorce was settled and the two would share the custody of their children. Later on, Arnold would mention that this was his biggest mistake he had made, as he didn’t look to split the family apart.
After officially leaving politics, Arnold was appointed the respectful Chairman of the After-School All-Stars program. This program provided school children with clubs after school, including sports; arts; schooling; and many other activities. The mission, which Arnold strives to achieve the best he can, is to allow the youth children of America to grow up informed and active, allowing them the possibility to accelerate in their future endeavors to places they dreamed of being. This also addressed a large problem in the United States. A lot of schools and families were underfunded or lacked money to give these kids the opportunity to live a wholesome and enjoyable childhood. Arnold wanted to change that and give everyone the chance to be the best versions of themselves, regardless of what financial situation they were in.
Also, Arnold continued to actively participate in sports and help others participate, as well. This led to him becoming a Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics, as well as a coach, helping athletes in a number of sports, but focusing mainly on weightlifting and bodybuilding. On top of those two involvements, Arnold is also an international torchbearer for the Special Olympics. All three of these accomplishments were large milestone for Arnold, as well as huge accomplishments. He was highly respected and inspirationally looked upon by many athletes due to his extremely positive attitude and willingness to help others and get them through their toughest physical challenges. He even had the pleasure of handing the torch to runner Sebastian Coe during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Arnold also turned to open his own bodybuilding competition. The competition was initially started in 1989, with US bodybuilder Rich Gaspari being the first winner. After Arnold retired from politics and, for the most part, had stopped acting, he invested more time into the Arnold Classic and making more appearances. The main competition was held in Columbus, Ohio annually, but the competition can be found taking place worldwide. This competition brings together the best builders in the world and allows them to compete, putting them in a position that would compare them to the world-famous bodybuilder, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This competition would help fund many after-school charities and become a motivation tool for people to use when trying to pursue a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Outside of supporting the Arnold Classic and helping out with the Special Olympics and After-School All-Stars program, Arnold began to create his own supplement line. This led to Iron Cuts, Arnold’s personal weight-loss supplement. This line of workout supplements was marketed for being revolutionary and extremely successful for men, giving them the bodies they had always dreamed of. The product quickly exploded as it received a lot of attention across most of North America.
Arnold posted it all over his social media and had other famous bodybuilders approve and market it for him. The product was found on shelves in many different grocery store chains across the country and on many online websites. The stock was quickly sold out and was proven to be a massive success and entrepreneurial accomplishment for Arnold. It went as far as being given to athletes to try at the Arnold Classic events that occurred every year.
Arnold also achieved another life milestone in 2012 when he was inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame. His bodybuilding career was recognized as one of the most prestigious and outstanding ones in the history of the sport. This made him, by far, a beyond qualified person to enter into the Hall of Fame.
Apart from creating a brand name for himself, Arnold picked up media attention for being someone who liked to spend big bucks. In 2014, he was seen driving his silver painted Bugatti Veyron, which costs about $1.7 million USD. Aside from sport cars and large houses, Arnold became the first celebrity to own his personal tank.
While serving in the Austrian Army, Arnold was able to ride in the American-made M47 tank. However, after the Austrian military received an upgrade all the previously used tanks were no longer going to be used and were put into storage to be destroyed. Arnold seized this opportunity and requested that the exact tank that he operated in during his teen years to be sent to his house in California. This was a difficult task, but due to Arnold’s connections in the higher up government, Arnold was able to have his request approved and the tank was sent over to America from Austria.
Arnold uses this tank for a number of fundraisers and incentives for young kids. He holds many fundraisers annually, supporting his after-school programs. One of the more recent fundraisers in 2014 saw Arnold offering drives and the chance to blow stuff up with him in his tank if they won a contest. The contest had people from around the world donating money to his fundraiser and getting a certain number of entries.
The more you paid, the more entries you were awarded. Arnold also allowed kids in the Los Angeles area rides in his tank as an incentive to stay in school and away from drugs. Apart from publically making appearances, Arnold brought his kids on many rides, too. This bizarre purchase gained a lot of media attention across the entire country and beyond. The tank even made appearances on popular shows such as Conan O’Brien Show and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Another thing that Arnold continued to do after politics was make public appearances dressed as his previous characters in his previous movies, especially the iconic and widely known character, the Terminator. During the marketing campaign and fundraiser for the After-School All-Star program, Arnold took to the streets of Los Angeles dressed up as his character from the movie, Terminator Genisys. This unexpected appearance was a huge success, bringing a lot of attention to the AllStar program and bringing in a lot of money to help create more after-school programs for kids around the country.
Where He Is Now
Arnold Schwarzenegger has gone down as one of the most diversified and successful people in US history. He grew up in a very low-luxury house in Austria to accumulating a total personal wealth of over $300 million USD before the age of 70. He still lives in his private house in Los Angeles and actively supports local movements to help children and veterans who may be struggling financially. His tolerance of the LGBT community has also gone a long way, as he still highly respected by that group of people.
On top of all of that, Arnold still pushes his After-School All-Star program and continues to do fundraisers for the cause. Through this program, he had been able to change the lives of thousands of kids across the country and give them lives they might’ve never imagined possible. This movement has gained attention from almost every major news outlet in America, as well as media outlets around the world. Many high-ranking politicians and political figures support the movement and encourage Arnold to continue to pursue this program and offer a brighter future to as many kids as possible.
Arnold still supports and endorses Republican Candidates in a number of elections. The most recent and well-known one was his endorsement of the Former Ohio Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate for the 2016 election, John Kasich. Although he hasn’t made an official statement or said much about the topic, Arnold is still considering working to find a way to run for the President of the United States in a future election. He still actively encourages people in the state of California, as well as many others he reaches through social media, to support the Republican Party and continue to push for a more economic and helpful America.
Overall, Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger continues to live a luxurious lifestyle that reflects his core values of helpfulness and desire for positive change. He has gained the respect of people all across the world and won more awards than almost any other bodybuilder in the world. He won the “Mr. Universe” title three separate times, and the “Mr. Olympia” title seven times. He some of the best weightlifting records in the history of the sport and looks to challenge other athletes to beat him. This attitude and way of taking on life has caused him to work his way into the hearts of millions across the world. He’s inspired a new era of political and community leaders. And, by the looks of things, there are no signs of stopping any time soon.