It’s not what you get out of life that counts. Break your mirrors! In our society that is so self-absorbed, begin to look less at yourself and more at each other. you’ll get more satisfaction from having improved your neighborhood, your town, your state, your country, and your fellow human beings than you’ll ever get from your muscles, your figure, your automobile, your house, or your credit rating.
I welcome and seek your ideas, but do not bring me small ideas; bring me big ideas to match our future.
Money doesn’t make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million.or.
Love stories are built around people’s idiosyncrasies.
To this day, I’m more comfortable when there’s someone to schmooze with until I fall asleep.
I was always interested in proportion and perfection. When I was 15 I took off my clothes and looked in the mirror. When I stared at myself naked, I realized that to be perfectly proportioned I would need 20-inch arms to match the rest of me.
I just use my muscles as a conversation piece, like someone walking a cheetah down 42nd Street.
You can’t have a life full of successes. In bodybuilding, I tried bench-pressing 500lb many times and failed. That’s how you get there. You have to be daring.
Rest, let your body relax and grow. Work up gradually and don’t blow it. Sometimes you can do so much your mind gets sick of it. Remember what I said earlier: Keep your mind hungry. People have a tendency to overdo things at first and then sluff off.
What is the point of being on this Earth if you are going to be like everyone else?
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
I thought I was the poster boy for the American dream. I came to the US virtually broke, worked hard, kept focused on my goal, and made it. This really was the land of opportunity. If a kid like me could do it, anybody could. I had a fire inside of me to succeed. Anything is possible, but you have to do your end of the work. Making money was never my only goal, but money opened the door to interesting investments.
In the mid-1990s the Internet was just an odd new idea.
For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.
The most important thing was not how much you make, but how much you invest, how much you keep. I never wanted to join the long list of famous entertainers and athletes who wiped out financially. My goal was to get rich and stay rich.
All I know is that the first step is to create a vision, because when you see the vision – the beautiful vision – that creates the want power.
The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.
Just like in bodybuilding, failure is also a necessary experience for growth in our own lives, for if we’re never tested to our limits, how will we know how strong we really are? How will we ever grow?
The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.
The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.
The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.
Never follow the crowd. Go where it’s empty. It’s easier to stand out when you aim straight for the top.
You can use outrageous humour to settle a score.
I never like business relationships that are purely work.
Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.
No matter what you do in life, selling is part of it.
To test yourself and grow, you have to operate without a safety net. Forget Plan B. If there is no Plan B, then Plan A has to work.
Don’t overthink. If you think all the time, the mind cannot relax. Part of us needs to go through life instinctively. Turning off your mind is an art. Knowledge is extremely important for making decisions. The more knowledge you have, the more you’re free to rely on your instincts. The more you know, the more you hesitate. When you are not confident of your decision-making process, it will slow you down. Overthinking is why people can’t sleep at night: it cripples you.
You can do the finest work and if people don’t know, you have nothing! The most important thing is to make people aware.
Don’t blame your parents. They’ve done their best for you, and if they’ve left you with problems, those problems are now yours to solve. I could channel my upbringing in a positive way rather than complain. I could use it to have a vision, set goals, find joy. I don’t have to lick my wounds. Sometimes you have to appreciate the very people and circumstances that traumatized you. Today I hail the strictness of my upbringing, and the fact I didn’t have anything I wanted in Austria, because those were the very factors that made me hungry; it put fuel on the fire in my belly. It drove and motivated me.
Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.
There are a thousand keys to success.
Secrecy is just part of me. I keep things to myself no matter what. I’m not a person who was brought up to talk.
It’s simple, if it jiggles, it’s fat.
I think more like a businessman than like a typical actor.
In our society, the women who break down barriers are those who ignore limits.
I have come to feel great affection for the peoples of the world, because they have always been so welcoming to me, whether as a bodybuilder, a movie star, a private citizen, or as governor of the great state of California.
Bodybuilders who are blind to themselves or deaf to others usually fall behind.
Writing out my goals became second nature, and so did the conviction that there are no shortcuts. It took hundreds and even thousands of repetitions for me to learn to hit a great three-quarter back pose, deliver a punchline, dance the tango in True Lies, paint a beautiful birthday card, and say “I’ll be back” just the right way.
A few months ago, I got rear-ended by this guy. He took off, and I chased him. I will admit I drove at a slightly excessive speed. I cut him off, and two guys jumped out of the car looking tough. But when they saw me, they just said, ‘Oh shit! The Terminator!’ They were nice, and gave me their information.
Be hungry for success, hungry to make your mark, hungry to be seen and to be heard and to have an effect. And as you move up and become successful, make sure also to be hungry for helping others. Don’t rest on your laurels. Too many former athletes spend their lives talking about how great they were 20 years ago. So many accomplished people just coast. They wish they could still be somebody and not just talk about the past. There is much more to life than being the greatest at one thing. We learn so much when we’re successful, so why not use what you’ve learned, use your connections and do more with them? If you have a talent or skill that makes you happy, use it to improve your neighborhood. And if you feel a desire to do more, then go all out. You’ll have plenty of time to rest when you’re in the grave. Live a risky and spicy life and like Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Every day do something that scares you.” We should all stay hungry!
What are the odds for an Austrian farm boy to come to America and become the greatest bodybuilding champion of all time, to get in the movie business, marry a Kennedy, and then get elected governor of the biggest state in the United States?
Take care of your body and your mind. Focusing on the body was no problem for me. I realized that the mind is a muscle and we should train it too. If world leaders have time to work out, so do you.
Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach.
As long as I live, I will never forget that day 21 years ago when I raised my hand and took the oath of citizenship. Do you know how proud I was? I was so proud that I walked around with an American flag around my shoulders all day long.
[Regarding director James Cameron] A control freak, he has eyes in the back of his head. He knows the name of everyone on the set and no screwup gets past him; if you screw up he’ll make a scene publicly and embarrass you.
[After his 1997 heart surgery] We made, actually, history, because it was the first time ever that doctors could prove that a lifelong Republican has a heart.
When I see a great performer, I always start to dream. Maybe its the Leo in me, the perpetual performer who always wants to be the center of attention.
I grew up in a culture where you respect the elders.
Meeting comedians helped me to understand comedy. I really liked being around people who are funny.
Start wide, expand further, and never look back.
My body is like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don’t think about it, I just have it.
I don’t believe that violence on-screen creates violence on the street or in the home. Otherwise there would have been no murders before movies were invented, and the Bible is full of them.
In acting you take criticism so much more personally. You get upset, but every job has its downside.
Impossible was a word I loved to ignore when I was governor. The only way to make the possible possible is to try the impossible. If you fail, so what? That’s what everybody expects. But if you succeed, you make the world a much better place.
I prefer being way out there, shocking people. Rebelliousness is part of what drove me from Austria. Being outrageous is a way to succeed. No one could put me in a mold. Being different was right up my alley.
Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.
What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn’t think I could lift another ounce of weight. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know.
I knew I was a winner back in the late sixties. I knew I was destined for great things. People will say that kind of thinking is totally immodest. I agree. Modesty is not a word that applies to me in any way – I hope it never will.
My relationship to power and authority is that I’m all for it. People need somebody to watch over them. Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave.
The future is green energy, sustainability, renewable energy.
I’d hear guys bragging about their new Gulfstream IV or IV-SP and I’d get to say, “That’s great guys. Let me talk about my 747…” It was a great conversation stopper.
Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed.
I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.
[Regarding his father:] I never felt that I was good enough, strong enough, smart enough. He let me know that there was always room for improvement. A lot of sons would have been crippled by his demands, but instead the discipline rubbed off on me. I turned it into drive.
Be hungry for success, hungry to make your mark, hungry to be seen and to be heard and to have an effect. And as you move up and become successful, make sure also to be hungry for helping others.
Its embarrassing to fail at the box office.
When you feel embarrassed, you assume the whole world is focused on your failure.
Everything I have ever done in my life has always stayed. I’ve just added to it . . . but I will not change. Because when you are successful and you change, you are an idiot.
I know that if you leave dishes in the sink, they get sticky and hard to wash the next day.
Sometimes when you look at a deal, you see less danger and you’re too willing to take the plunge. The more risky things are, the more upside there is.
When you have a well developed body and you’re confident, you see people bending your way, wanting to be on your side, wanting to do things for you.
I didn’t leave bodybuilding until I felt that I had gone as far as I could go. It will be the same with my film career. When I feel the time is right, I will then consider public service. I feel that the highest honor comes from serving people and your country.
[Maria Shriver] had a tendency to blow things up into high drama, even things that weren’t life and death, whereas I would play everything down. I’m a person who does not like to talk about things over and over. I make quick decisions, I don’t ask opinions, and I don’t think over the same things. I want to move on. She’s an outward processor, while I keep things bottled up.
I always think the world of people who make a project their own and are on it 24 hours a day.
The more you promote yourself as the ultimate action hero, the more people form a larger than life perception of you.
There’s a moment going into surgery that I really hate. The moment when the anesthesia takes hold, when you know you’re going out, losing consciousness and don’t know if you’ll ever wake up from it.
I wanted big investments that were interesting, creative and different. Conservative bets didn’t interest me. I was proud to pay taxes on the money I earned. I could tolerate big risks in exchange for big returns, but I’m always open to new ideas.
You have to remember something: Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.
I speak directly to the people, and I know that the people of California want to have better leadership. They want to have great leadership. They want to have somebody that will represent them. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, young or old.
I have to give the audiences what they enjoy seeing while I try to bring in a little something new, with different movies, different time periods and all those things. But what’s important is to entertain the people — everything else means nothing.
I am here to spend. I love to spend Hollywood’s money!
God is the one who made the science possible.
I know California is supposed to be a place where dreams come true, but my life has gone way beyond the dream. My dream was to come to America, become the greatest bodybuilder of all time and do what Reg Park had done by going into Hercules movies. And if that worked out, I was going to build a gym business and then live happily ever after. Then all of a sudden I shot right by my dream. I stopped doing the strong man stuff, did the Terminator movies and became the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. I got $30 million for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, you know.
If millions of people came to see my movies someday, it was important that they know where the muscles came from.
My own dreams fortunately came true in this great state [Califonia]. I became Mr. Universe; I became a successful businessman. And even though some people say I still speak with a slight accent, I have reached the top of the acting profession.
The best activities for your health are pumping and humping.
Holidays become more meaningful when you have a family.
You’re just one person, and the country is much bigger, and it’s what will live forever.
I love factories, and whenever I’m passionate about a product, I want to see it being made.
Talking to kids in your second language is never easy to do.
When you campaign and have to participate in so many debates just to the win the nomination of your party, you’ve had a lot of practice. You get to figure out as you go from one debate to another where you made your mistakes. By the time you get to the big debate you’re pretty polished. As you know, I’m an immigrant. I came over here as an immigrant, and what gave me the opportunities, what made me to be here today, is the open arms of Americans. I have been received. I have been adopted by America.
I would rather be Governor of California than own Austria.
Memoirs are about looking back, but I’ve lived my life by the opposite principle. At home I have a hundred photo albums starting with my childhood in Austria, and I never look at them. I’d rather do another project or make another movie and learn from looking forward!
I was born in Europe… and I’ve traveled all over the world. I can tell you that there is no place, no country, that is more compassionate, more generous, more accepting, and more welcoming than the United States of America.
I’m like a little kid who loves to show off and share things that I have experienced.
There is no such thing as an Austrian Shakespearean actor. It doesn’t exist.
When you’re not on camera, stay in character, act your part, giving it everything you have in order to draw the best out of the actor who is being filmed.
Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn’t matter.
In the mind of the public, the star is responsible for a movie’s success.
Big-time celebrities don’t like flying commercial.
You should marry when you’re set financially and the toughest struggles of your career are behind you. Most marriages break up over financial issues.
Well, I think because a lot of people don’t know why I’m a Republican, I came first of all from a socialistic country which is Austria and when I came over here in 1968 with the presidential elections coming up in November, I came over in October, I heard a lot of the press conferences from both of the candidates, [Hubert H. Humphrey] and [Richard Nixon], and Humphrey was talking about more government is the solution, protectionism, and everything he said about government involvement sounded to me more like Austrian socialism. Then when I heard Nixon talk about it, he said open up the borders, the consumers should be represented there ultimately and strengthen the military and get the government off our backs. I said to myself, “What is this guy’s party affiliation?” I didn’t know anything at that point. So I asked my friend, “What is Nixon?” He’s a Republican. And I said, “I am a Republican.” That’s how I became a Republican.
I came to America because it’s the greatest place in the world, and I’m going to do everything I can to keep it the greatest place.
Once you pick a director, you have to have total faith in him and go with his judgment.
[Regarding George Bush, Sr.] If you had talent and did him a favour or he liked you, he would push you forward whether it made sense or not. He was a different breed, a sweetheart of a guy. The fact he put such trust in me had a powerful effect. I felt there would never, ever be a time, no matter what happened, when I would violate that trust or let the man down.
[Regarding being paid as Governor of California] I didn’t take a penny of my salary during my terms. After all, it was petty cash compared to what you make in the movies.
Starting with something disarming and funny is a good way to stand out. You become more likable, and people receive your information much better. Whenever I watched a comedy, I always thought “I could have done that!” But if I was going to branch into comedies, I would need someone to be my cheerleader.
Every director wants to pee on the script and make his mark.
If you want to turn a vision into reality, you have to give 100% and never stop believing in your dream.
The success I have achieved in bodybuilding, motion pictures, and business would not have been possible without the generosity of the American people and the freedom here to pursue your dreams.
I do the same exercises I did 50 years ago and they still work. I eat the same food I ate 50 years ago and it still works.
If I heard an idea or saw a script that was exceptionally good and triggered something in me, I wanted to make that movie.
If you work hard and play by the rules, this country is truly open to you. You can achieve anything.
I have a private plane. But I fly commercial when I go to environmental conferences.
I’ve always felt appreciative of the armed forces because I’ve benefited from the American dream, and their courage and determination is what safeguards it.
Promotion and merchandising were realms I truly understood.
I loved the idea of new challenges, along with new dangers of failure.
[Regarding Venice, California] This place is insane. You never have to smoke a joint. You just go on a bicycle ride in the morning, inhale, and you live off everyone else.
Big cats have always fascinated me.
I made my fair share of mistakes.
Independent producers are the saviours in Hollywood because they’ll take risks that the big studios won’t.
Compared to an action hero, it was easier being a comic star.
There is no place, no country, more compassionate more generous more accepting and more welcoming than the United States of America.
I’m no Frank Sinatra. The only time I sing in real life is at the end of a party when I want the guests to leave.
Government’s first duty and highest obligation is public safety.
I had a very clear vision of where I wanted to go. You realize you have to pay no attention to the naysayers. When you learn those lessons in sports, you can apply those lessons for the rest of your life.
[A governor] can bring a vision to the state; you get blamed for everything and you get credit for everything. It’s high risk, high reward. I felt tremendous loyalty and pride about California. I wanted America to stay the bastion of free enterprise and protect it from following Europe in the direction of bureaucracy and stagnation. You make a big mistake to lock in programs that require you to keep spending at boom-time levels.
When I was very young, I visualized myself being and having what it was that I wanted. The mind is really so incredible. Before I won my first Mr. Universe, I walked around the tournament like I owned it. The title was already mine. I had won it so many times in my mind that there was no doubt I would win it. Then, when I moved on to the movies, the same thing. I visualized myself being a successful actor and earning big money. I could feel and taste success. I just knew it would happen.
‘I’ll be back’ always sounded a little girly to me.
Some information I just keep to myself.
Gray Davis can run a dirty campaign better than anyone, but he can’t run a state.
Teddy Roosevelt is still a hero among environmentalists for his conservationist policies.
I have inhaled, exhaled everything. Well, I think that California has had a history of always spending more money than it takes in.
When you feel good about someone and you know specifically why, it’s not difficult at all to speak from the heart.
I was striving to be the most muscular man, and it got me into the movies. It got me everything that I have.
I get goosebumps when Nelson Mandela talks about inclusion, tolerance and forgiveness.
When the people become involved in their government, government becomes more accountable, and our society is stronger, more compassionate, and better prepared for the challenges of the future.
I always like to be called up for a speech without any prior notice.
I belonged to the NRA because I believed in the constitutional right to bear arms.
No-one expects you to blow people up in a comedy.
I love the Hong Kong style of action movies, but that only looks good for small guys. The reason why the whole style was developed over there was because those guys were very puny guys – they’re not powerful-looking guys, they’re also not powerful guys. There’s no weightlifting champion coming out of Hong Kong – maybe in the bantam division or the lightweight division or something like that, but normally you don’t have really strong men coming out of there . . . they had to learn a technique that small people can do that are as effective as the big guy’s strength. So that’s where the martial arts came from.
I didn’t mind basic training. It taught me that something that seems impossible at the start can be achieved.
In this country, it doesn’t make any difference where you were born. It doesn’t make any difference who your parents were. It doesn’t make any difference if, like me, you couldn’t even speak English until you were in your twenties.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
The more I read up on California, the more it was like bad news piled on top of bad news. We can’t continue this way. We need change.
As a kid – as a kid I saw socialist – the socialist country that Austria became after the Soviets left. Now don’t misunderstand me: I love Austria and I love the Austrian people. But I always knew that America was the place for me. In school, when the teacher would talk about America, I would daydream about coming here. I would daydream about living here. I would sit there and watch for hours American movies, transfixed by my heroes, like John Wayne. Everything about America seemed so big to me, so open, so possible.
I was fiscally conservative, pro-business, against raising taxes, pro-choice, pro-gay, pro-lesbian, pro-environment, pro-reasonable gun control, pro-reasonable social safety net.
For the hundreds of thousands of Californians in gay and lesbian households who are managing their day-to-day lives, this decision [Proposition 8] affirms the full legal protections and safeguards I believe everyone deserves.
We needed to avoid trying to win over the press and instead play to the people. I was all about leadership and major projects and reforms that could attract massive public support.
[Regarding the filming of Conan the Barbarian] There was no stunt double because it would have been difficult to find someone with a body like mine.
[Regarding his wife Maria Shriver] If I hadn’t been her style and she hadn’t been mine, we never would have ended up together. Maria meshed with everything that I was, what I stood for, and what I was doing. I got addicted to her. Maria was such a forceful personality that she would just run over guys. She wanted to be unique and different.
I always saw myself as a citizen of the world.
In politics, when disputes arise and camps form, you have to grasp what’s happening and move very quickly.
I couldn’t believe how difficult learning a new language could be. Pronunciations were especially dangerous.
You can over-think anything. There are always negatives. The more you know, the less you tend to do something.
I pride myself on being able to juggle many tasks. I got a college education while bodybuilding, married Maria in the middle of filming Predator, and made Kindergarten Cop and Terminator 2 while launching Planet Hollywood.
In bodybuilding I was king of the mountain, but in everyday LA I was just another immigrant struggling to learn English and make a life. I was glad to be away living my own life.
The reason I wanted to be healthy was that I never wanted to ask anyone for money. It was so against my grain.
I never argued with people who underestimated me. If the accent and the muscles and the movies made people think I was stupid, it worked to my advantage.
I was also going to give a graduation speech in Arizona this weekend. But with my accent, I was afraid they would try to deport me.
Most juvenile crime is committed between 3 and 6 o’clock in the afternoon.
Los Angeles stood out because it was the only big city that had after-school programs in every one of its 90 elementary schools. State officials and lawmakers just didn’t see after-school programs as important. After-school programs not only help the kids but also reduce the strain on the teachers. Young kids relate better to young people, especially after a whole day of teachers and school. They want counsellors in jeans and with spiky hair, who can serve as parent figures but who don’t look like them – not that many retired teachers want to go back to work.
You must have a sincere and burning desire to achieve what you dream, dedicate yourself to making progress, and take control of your circumstances to change your body.
There are no shortcuts – everything is reps, reps, reps.
When you grow up in a harsh environment, you never forget how to withstand physical punishment, even long after the hard times end.
I’m always comparing life to a climb, not just because there’s a struggle but also because I find at least as much joy in the climbing as in reaching the top. I pictured marriage as a whole mountain range of fantastic challenges.
A person’s muscles don’t care where the resistance comes from.
America wouldn’t be the land of the free if it wasn’t the home of the brave. When you see the work they do and the risks they take, you realize what we owe our military.
The better you get, the less you run around showing off as a muscle guy. You know, you wear regular shirts-not always trying to show off what you have. You talk less about it. It’s like you have a little BMW – you want to race the hell out of this car, because you know it’s just going 110. But if you see guys driving a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, they slide around at 60 on the freeway because they know if they press on that accelerator they are going to go 170. These things are the same in every field.
I have a love interest in every one of my films: a gun.
The writing is important, but the way you say the line and the pause you give it, the facial expression – all of that is very important.
I wanted to promote bodybuilding, both so that more people would take part and to benefit my career. If I wanted to promote bodybuilding to a new audience, I’d have to find my own way.
One of my movies was called ‘True Lies.’ It’s what the Democrats should have called their convention.
I liked getting swept up into a cloud of celebs.
When people come to me with a movie concept or a script, I always ask “What is the poster? What is the image? What are we trying to sell here?”
Total anonymity is almost impossible in Hollywood.
He had a voice you couldn’t miss: strong and penetrating with strange vowels that sounded different from the accents of other English speakers even to me. I later discovered that he was Canadian.
Well, you know, I’m the forever optimist.
I have no sexual standards in my head that say this is good or this is bad. Homosexual – that only means to me that he enjoys sex with a man and I enjoy sex with a woman. It’s all legitimate to me.
I’m addicted to exercising and I have to do something every day.
If you wanted a girl, you had to make an effort to have a conversation, not just drool like a horny dog.
Hiking in the Alps I’d sometimes wear loud obnoxious Hawaiian shorts just to get a rise out of the Lederhosen traditionalists.
Winning narrowly didn’t make me feel good; I wanted my dominance to be clear.
I like to always wander in like a puppy.
The key to real permanent reform is being in sync with the hearts and minds of the people. We had rattled so many cages on the left and the right with our reforms.
After being the fitness czar, running for Governor of California felt like deja vu.
The Great American Workout was from 7 to 9 o’clock in the morning.
Freedom is a right ultimately defended by the sacrifice of America’s servicemen and women.
Real estate was the place to invest. The math of real estate really spoke to me.
Fitness is fun. I felt very strongly that I had to carry to all 50 states the message that fitness was a national priority.
Bodybuilders look in the mirror as they train. You need to be your own trainer.
My talent is fitness and this is something I can give back.
There is a disconnect between the people of California and the politicians of California. We the people are doing our job: work hard, pay taxes, raise our families. The politicians are not doing their job. They fiddle, they fumble, and they fail. These words resonated more strongly than any movie script I’d read.
Being governor was more complex and challenging than I had imagined. That’s the problem of presenting yourself as the Governator. You can do miracles but not the kind that require wearing a cape and being able to fly. As governor, you’re neither a solitary champion nor a star. Compared to making a movie, when you accomplish something in government, the satisfaction is so much larger and long lasting. In a movie, you are entertaining people for a few hours in a dark theatre. In government, you are affecting entire lives; generations even.
Our elected leaders will either act decisively, or we will act in their place.
If my life was a movie, no one would believe it.
I love being on the road and meeting people. That’s what I do best.
No matter the nationality, no matter the religion, no matter the ethnic background, America brings out the best in people.
Have at least ten good laughs a day.
Everything I have, my career, my success, my family, I owe to America.
Eisenhower and Kennedy championed fitness as a way for America to stand strong against the Soviets.
If it’s hard to remember, it’ll be difficult to forget.
Fitness is important for all Americans, not just athletes. A lot of schools have great athletic programs but not great fitness programs.
Once I’ve locked in on a vision for myself, I always resist changing the plan.
When you promote a movie, you want to win over everybody. If you give political speeches, you are bound to turn off somebody.
The conventional wisdom in Hollywood is that playing a villain is career suicide.
I always believed in shooting for the top, and to become an American is like becoming a member of the winning team.
I’m a big believer in hard work, grinding it out, and not stopping until it’s done.
I never left the house without $1000 in cash and a no-limit credit card.
Having women in the gym made us train harder.
At the top of the ladder, there was always room for one more. The more people who stay on the bottom, the more crowded it becomes.
You can’t have people just like your movie, you need them to be passionate. Word of mouth is what makes movies big, because while you can put in millions to promote the movie on the first weekend, you can’t afford to do that every week.
The more popular bodybuilding grew in prisons, the more guys would get the message to behave.
In America, unlike Europe, there weren’t a million obstacles to starting a business.
I was not the least bit intimidated by the thought of a campaign. It was like every other major decision I’d faced. I thought about winning. I knew it would happen. I was locked in automatic pilot.
I never went to a competition to compete; I went to win.
I wasn’t sure I was free from prejudice; I’d made prejudiced comments.
I was addicted to public service.
I’d always felt we lacked real men in movies.
I find joy in the gym because every rep and every set gets me one step closer to my goal.
California will not wait for our federal government to take strong action on global warming. We won’t wait for the federal government. We will move forward because we know it’s the right thing to do. We will lead on this issue and we will get other western states involved. I think there’s not great leadership from the federal government when it comes to protecting the environment.
Governments don’t want to be told they’re doing something wrong.
Even with my divorce and with everything, I don’t need money.
I feel good because I believe I have made progress in rebuilding the people’s trust in their government.
I’m 6’2″. I’ve heard rumors that I’m really much shorter in real life like 5’6″ or something like that – which is ridiculous. I can assure you this is not the case. People look up to me, and not just because I do a lot of work in the community. I mean, most people really look up to me.
I didn’t think about money. I thought about the fame, about just being the greatest. I was dreaming about being some dictator of a country or some savior like Jesus.
I wanted to be rich very quickly.
As every spouse knows, you have to pick the right moment to bring up a loaded subject.
Making a career decision had always been an incredible high. Making a career decision as a husband and a father was a whole different deal.
Something that seems impossible at the start can be achieved.
I’d always advanced by starting with a clear vision and working as hard as possible to achieve it.
I aimed to be a leader someday.
[Ronald Reagan] was wonderful at painting ideas in ways that everyone could understand.
In bodybuilding, you try to suppress emotions and march forwards with determination; in acting its the opposite.
If the press sees you coming out of the Oval Office with the President, you’ll win respect.
The makeup trailer is the place on the set where everyone talks. If anybody’s worried about anything, that’s where you see it. It’s the mother of all beauty salons. The makeup trailer is all about a soothing atmosphere, because you’re getting ready for a scene.
Humor was what made me stand out from other action leads. It opened up the movie and made it appealing to more people.
Is firefighting a macho enough profession for an action hero? The real life heroism at Ground Zero laid that question to rest.
[Regarding his wife, Maria Shriver] The outside world looked at our relationship in a simple-minded way, as a juicy success story. According to this way of thinking, Maria becomes part of my trophy collection.
I always paid close attention to focus groups and surveys and in politics, opinion research plays an even bigger role.
I believe with all my heart that America remains ‘the great idea’ that inspires the world. It is a privilege to be born here. It is an honor to become a citizen here. It is a gift to raise your family here, to vote here, and to live here.
You’ll get more from being a peacemaker than a warrior.
I had no idea that reading from a script means you’re supposed to act out the role.
Nights without sleep don’t mean you can’t perform at a high level the next day and days without food don’t mean you’ll starve.
Monstrous, futuristic, what I envisioned America as all about.
You get so immersed in the job [politics] there are side effects on the people you love. Even if you succeed in protecting your wife and kids from the public spotlight, they feel they’re sharing and losing you.
California politics was this big centrifuge that forced voters, policies and parties away from the center. I challenged Californians to stop yielding to the far left and the far right and return to the center. Centrist does not mean weak, or watered down or warmed over. It means well balanced and well grounded. The American people are instinctively centrist. So should be our government. America’s political parties should return to the center, where the people are. The left and the right don’t have a monopoly on conscience.
I’ve always idolized [Mikhail] Gorbachev because of the courage it took to dismantle the political system that he grew up under. For Gorbachev to have the guts to embrace change rather than further oppress his people or pick fights with the West has always amazed me.
I associate glasses with intellectuals.
I wanted to know what it really took to run for office, given that I wasn’t a typical candidate.
It’s time to stop thinking of the Republican Party as an exclusive club where your ideological card is checked at the door, and start thinking about how we can attract more solution-based leaders like Nathan Fletcher and Anthony Adams.
Elected officials usually hate ballot initiatives because they reduce their power and make the state harder to govern.
There is no contradiction in being both a Republican and an environmentalist
Republicans and unions usually don’t mix.
The years with Barbara taught me a great lesson: how having a good relationship can enrich your life.
And now, of course this is another thing I didn’t count on, that now as the governor of the state of California, I am selling California worldwide. You see that? Selling.
Even when acting in a movie, I would not shoot a stunt if I hadn’t rehearsed it a minimum of ten times.
When I had a good director, my movies went through the roof because I was directed well. If I had a director who was confused with no compelling vision for the movie, it would fizzle. I didn’t make The Terminator the success that it was; it was James Cameron’s vision that made the movie great.
Most bodybuilders don’t have very interesting insights or routines.
Listening made me a more effective promoter. You have to cultivate your audience and expand it with each new film. Nurturing a movie means paying attention to the distributors. You do the things they feel are important because they go all out in pushing the theaters.
Trying to reform health care had almost destroyed Bill Clinton’s presidency. I’d always thought it was a disgrace that the greatest country in the world didn’t provide a health care system for all of its people, as many European countries do. Our health care reform became America’s, and California led the way.
My friend James Cameron and I made three films together – True Lies, The Terminator and Terminator 2. Of course, that was during his early, low-budget, art-house period.
After coming to California, I posed in the heights above Malibu. Bodybuilders like this spot because the ridges in the distance seem little and your muscles look bigger than the mountains.
If you don’t find the time, if you don’t do the work, you don’t get the results.
The applause of a crowd made me stronger.
The great leaders always talk about things that are much bigger than themselves. They say working for a cause that will outlive us is what brings meaning and joy. The more I’m able to accomplish in the world, the more I agree.
Everything in life has a funny side. I’d always been the perfect target for jokes; there was so much material to work from.
Positive thinking can be contagious. Being surrounded by winners helps you develop into a winner.
I always wanted to be an inspiration for people, but I never set out to be a role model in everything. It’s never been my goal to set an example in everything I do.
To live your life as an actor, you can’t be afraid of someone stirring up your emotions.
You can scream at me, call me for a shoot at midnight, keep me waiting for hours – as long as what ends up on the screen is perfect.
I’m sure a lot of people out there make mistakes.
What had made my career fun for more than 30 years was sharing it with Maria. We’d done everything together and now there was no one to come home to.
I came to Hollywood and within a decade I was one of the biggest action stars of all time.
If I can see it and believe it, then I can achieve it.
Sometimes its hard to explain to your toddler what you do at the office.
Europe was always far less puritanical than the United States.
If you want to fight prejudice you have to have tolerance centers everywhere.
I was amazed to see how negative most of the people in Hollywood remained toward Reagan during his presidency. He represented the values that had brought me to America. The US was the greatest country with the best opportunities and now that it was my home, I wanted to keep it that way and make it even better. After the turmoil and gloom of the 1970s, Americans voted for Reagan because he reminded them of their strength.
I was riding the great wave of action movies. They became as important to the 1980s as Westerns were in the 1950s.
Americans love foreign names.
I have plenty of money, unlike other Hollywood celebrities or athletes that have not invested well.
My definition of living is to have excitement always; that’s the difference between living and existing.
Action movies are always more of an ordeal than a pleasure to make.
Politically there were failures. And also on the personal level, there were tremendous failures.
What’s fascinating is, people in Washington would rather spend time in Hollywood, and people in Hollywood would rather spend time in Washington.
I had this child, and it destroyed my family.
Unlike regular politicians, I had nothing to lose.
When the federal government meddles in markets, the states pay the price.
If you get muscles, you can go to the beach and pick up girls.
When I stepped up to the podium, I was overwhelmed to realize I was standing where John F Kennedy, Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev had all addressed the UN before me.
Six years of ups and downs forged me as a governor. I had more forward momentum than ever before. I felt more like a hungry eagle rather than a lame duck.
All great movements in history start out on a grassroots level, not in places like Washington or Paris or Moscow or Beijing.
Budget negotiations are no different than grueling five hour weight lifting sessions in the gym. The joy of working out is that with each painful rep you get a step closer to achieving your goal. I was deeply frustrated with party leaders and the press for not making plain the budget history.
I’d have made more money if Jimmy Carter still occupied the White House.
If you need to do something that’s not in the manual, throw the manual out.
The body that isn’t used to. maybe the ninth, tenth… eleventh, and twelfth rep with a certain weight. So that makes the body grow, then. Going through this pain barrier. Experiencing pain in your muscles and aching… and just go on and go on. And this last two or three or four repetitions… that’s what makes the muscle then grow. And that divides one from a champion and one from not being a champion. lf you can go through this pain barrier, you may get to be a champion. lf you can’t go through, forget it. And that’s what most people lack, is having the guts. The guts to go in and just say, ”l’ll go through and l don’t care what happens.” lt aches, and if l fall down…. l have no fear of fainting in a gym… because l know it could happen. l threw up many times while l was working out. But it doesn’t matter, because it’s all worth it.
If you let ego show through, you’re put in your place.
You know, nothing is more important than education, because nowhere are our stakes higher; our future depends on the quality of education of our children today.
If it bleeds, we can kill it.
From the bodybuilding days on, I learned that everything is reps and mileage. The more miles you ski, the better a skier you become; the more reps you do, the better your body.
To restore the trust of the people, we must reform the way the government operates.
I am the most helpful and open up doors for everyone and I like to share.
When I learned about The Terminator, I loved the idea that he was a machine that never had to sleep.
I’d felt like an American from the time I was 10 years old.
There were various stepping-stones in my career. One of them was Conan the Barbarian (1982), because it was the first time I did a film with that kind of budget and I had the title role. The next big stepping-stone was The Terminator (1984). With “The Terminator”, I think people became aware of the fact that I didn’t really have to take my shirt off or run around and expose my muscles in order to sell tickets. After I did “The Terminator” and we had seen it be more successful than the Conan films, people then sent me a variety of different kinds of scripts – all in the action-adventure genre, but they were not muscle movies or Viking movies or pirate movies or anything like that.
For me, the question was always how to fit in all the stuff I want to do. I seldom saw my life as hectic, the thought rarely crossed my mind.
Whenever I finished filming a movie, my job was only half done. Every film had to be nurtured in the marketplace. Some of the greatest artists never sold much because they didn’t know how. No matter what I did in life, I was aware that you had to sell it.
I’m not a religious person.
I never like to cut things from my life; I only add.
There has to be investment in the public good.
The important thing to me is that I’m doing work that people enjoy out there [Hollywood], that the movie makes good money, that the studio makes the money back, and that I’m having a great time at what I’m doing. I don’t even consider myself serious. So how do I expect people to take me serious? I think this whole Hollywood thing has to be taken much looser . . . it’s just entertainment.
Stallone and I were the leading forces in the genre. We created work for up and coming action stars like Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren and Bruce Willis. Clint (Eastwood) began to show more muscle as a result. The body was key. The era had arrived where muscular men were viewed as attractive. Looking physically heroic had become the aesthetic.
I know Sylvester Stallone made an extra $20 million because he got a PG rating for Rocky III (1982), but it’s a matter of how much you want to stay within the character’s reality. Can you slaughter people and never see blood? Is it possible? You must have battles. That’s part of life, war, and the world of Conan.
Women are the engine driving the growth in California’s economy. Women make California’s economy unique.
Maria is the best reason to come home.
Political courage is not political suicide.
[During filming of The Terminator] I had to act like a cyborg, which meant I couldn’t show any kind of human fear or reaction to the fire, explosions, or gunfire that was going off around me. That can be difficult when you’re walking through a door with its frame on fire, trying to reload a gun, and at the same time thinking in the back of your mind that people have accidents doing these kinds of stunts and that it might be my turn.
Early in my movie career, the hardest thing was giving up control. In bodybuilding, everything had been up to me. In movies, you depend on others right from the start.
[Journalists] see everything from the outside.
I am a big believer in education, because when I grew up in Austria – when I grew up in Austria I had a great education. I had great teachers.
I would never exchange my life with anybody else’s.
People should make up their own mind about what they think of me.
I think that people are interested seeing me on the screen.
I can promise you that when I go to Sacramento, I will pump up Sacramento.
I think Americans are very patriotic.
We are a forward-looking people, and we must have a forward-looking government.
As president, Reagan worked very well with Democrats to do big things. It is true that he worked to reduce the size of government and cut federal taxes and he eliminated many regulations, but he also raised taxes when necessary.
The biggest problem that we have is that California is being run now by special interests. All of the politicians are not anymore making the moves for the people, but for special interests and we have to stop that.
I know a lot of athletes and models are written off as just bodies. I never felt used for my body.
I don’t suffer of anything that I’ve lost.
[Regarding deciding to run for governor of California] It was the most difficult decision in my life – except the one in 1978 when I decided to get a bikini wax.
I took more abuse in Predator than I did in Conan the Barbarian. I fell down that waterfall [40 feet] and swam in this ice-cold water for days and for weeks was covered in mud. It was freezing in the Mexican jungle. They had these heat lamps on all the time, but they were no good. If you stayed in front of the lamps, the mud dried. Then, you had to take it off and put new mud on again. It was a no-win situation. The location was tough. Never on flat ground. Always on a hill. We stood all day long on a hill, one leg down, one leg up. It was terrible.
Staying on top of the hill is harder than climbing it.
When you have a relationship in a foreign language, you have to be extra careful not to miscommunicate.
People need to be insured so when you have an accident out there, or when something catastrophic happens to you, that you’re covered and there’s not someone else has to pay for you. That is as simple as that.
In the beginning I was selfish. It was all about, “How do I build Arnold? How can I win the most Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympic contests? How can I get into the movies and get into business?” I was thinking about myself . . . As I’ve grown up, got older, maybe wiser, I think your life is judged not by how much you have taken but by how much you give back.
(Last updated: August 20, 2018)Full Birth Name: Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger
Born: July 30, 1947
Years old: 71
Months old: 853
Days old: 25,956
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Place born: Thal, Styria, Austria
Place raised: Austria
Family’s early economic position: lower income
Mother: Aurelia Jadrny
Father: Gustav Schwarzenegger, police chief
Siblings: one brother, Meinhard, one year older than Arnold
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CaliforniaSpouse/Partner: Maria Shriver (1986 – 2011)
Height: 6′ 2″ (sometimes disputed)Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Pounds per Inch: 3.45
Kilograms per Centimeter: 3.73
Body Mass Index (BMI): 32.7
(18.5 to 25 is considered healthy)
But, there is an exception for exceptionally muscular individuals.
In Arnold’s case, a BMI of 32.7 may still be considered healthy.
Habits: smoking cigars
Estimated Years Remaining: 15
Estimated Last Day Alive: July 30, 2029
Arnold Schwarzenegger came from a humble Austrian family. His father was the local police chief, and his mother a homemaker. The family probably indulged in some subsistence farming as well. The family, while not exactly poor by the region’s standards, did not have a telephone or toilet. It was a great event when around age 13, his family was able to purchase a refrigerator.
Also at age 13, Arnold took an interest in a stronger body, primarily due to his overbearing father’s interest in having Arnold pursue sports. At fifteen, he started seriously lifting weights. At age 18, he served his mandatory year in the Austrian military. At one point, during his basic training, he was jailed for a week for being AWOL. He ran off without permission to enter the junior Mr. Europe contest, which he won. Upon his release from the military, he pursued bodybuilding with one hundred percent dedication. By age twenty, he had won the Mr. Universe competition, the youngest person to ever do so. Soon thereafter he came to America, where he continued to work out as a bodybuilder, while learning English. After just a couple of years, he started appearing in Hollywood movies, starting with Hercules in New York, released in 1969, when Arnold was 22 years old. He continued to gain starring role in ever more popular movies, including Twins (with Danny DeVito), Raw Deal, Predator, The Running Man, and of course The Terminator.
In the same way that Arnold put 100% into bodybuilding and acting, he pursued and won the governorship of California, where was subsequently re-elected and had a profound effect on the economy and green policies of that state. He served as Governor from 2003 until 2011.
In 1938, Arnold’s father, Gustav Schwarzenegger, became a member of the Nazi party.
Arnold is a Roman Catholic.
He has four children, four by his wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver, one is an illegitimate child by Guatamalan Mildred Patricia ‘Patty’ Baena, his housekeeper. News of this was suppressed for ten years. When Maria found out what had happened in her very own house, she separated from Arnold in 2011. This happened when Maria was pregnant with their first child.
Maria Shriver, a former network newscaster, is a member of the very wealthy and well-connected Kennedy family. Her cousin was President John F. Kennedy.
Arnold has financially supported the housekeeper and their son.
Arnold won the Mr. Olympia contest seven times.
Arnold was nicknamed the “Austrian Oak” and the “Styrian Oak.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger was paid $21,500.00 for every word he spoke in Terminator 2.
Gustav Schwarzenegger had a unfounded suspicion that Arnold was not his biological son, so he showed clear and biased preference for his older son, Meinhard Schwarzenegger.
Many years later, Arnold wanted to know what crimes his father had committed during World War II. No atrocities were found in a thorough search.
Arnold’s father wanted him to become a policeman. His mother would have preferred that he attend trade school. Instead, Arnold spent all his available time in the local gym.
In 1971, when Arnold was 24, he lost his brother, Meinhard, to a car crash. It seems Meinhard had been too drunk to drive. 25-year-old Meinhard left behind a son, Patrick, that Arnold financially supported and eventually helped to immigrate to America.
A year later, when Arnold was 25 years old, his father died of a stroke. According to all who knew him, Arnold showed little or no outward emotion to the loss of his brother or his father.
He has said that his father was abusive, doing things like pulling the boy’s hair, hitting him with a belt and referring to him as “Cinderella.” Arnold also points out that such treatment was common in Austria in that time. He says many children were ‘broken’ by their parents, but in him it strengthened his resolve to get rich and move to America.
In 1966, he spent several months in London, where he learned English, and trained under Charles “Wag” Bennett, one of the judges of the competitions.
Upon winning the Mr. Universe contest for the first time, he went to Munich, Germany, where he continued his weight training, while also attending business school and earning a living by working in a health club.
He has won the Mr. Universe title five times.
Arnold says he dreamed of coming to America since he was ten years old.
He made it in 1968, and started training in Gold’s Gym in Venice, near Los Angeles, California. Once in California, he continued to study English, Fitness, and Business administration. He took correspondence courses from the University of Wisconsin and was award a degree in 1979.
In addition to continuing to win bodybuilding competitions, Arnold has also won several weightlifting and powerlifting contests.
Arnold had been writing columns for Flex and Muscle & Fitness magazines. Once he became governor, he was appointed executive editor of both magazines. It was mostly a figurehead position. He had his payments as editor donated to fitness programs.
Since the governor has some control over the state’s regulation of dietary supplements, which are advertised heavily in such magazines, he had to give up his role of editor, to avoid conflicts of interest. He reestablished that position as editor in 2011, once his governorship was ended.
Although he retired from professional bodybuilding in 1980, he still works out for a half-hour every day.
Arnold used to use anabolic steroids, but they were legal at the time he took them.
Arnold has twice successfully sued people who publicly stated that his former use of steroids would bring about heart problems later on.
Actually, he did have heart problems later on, but definitely not caused by steroids. It seems he was born with a bicusped aortic valve. Normally, they are tricusped. Normal aortic valves have three leaves, not two. This was giving him some trouble, so it was replaced in 1997. He had the option of going with a mechanical valve, which would limit his ability to engage in physical activity, or one created from his own transplanted tissues. He went with the transplant.
His first movie was Hercules in New York released in 1970. His screen name for that movie was “Arnold Strong.” His voice was dubbed throughout the movie, because his accent was still too strong to be easily understood by an American public.
In his second film, The Long Goodbye he portrayed a deaf and mute hit man. So, dubbing was not required.
Much of Arnold’s success in action films is due to his sense of humor, something lacking in most other action film actors at the time. Taking that a step further, he has starred in a number of comedy films as well, such as Twins, Junior, and Kindergarten Cop.
Arnold performed many of his own stunts. He said that’s because it is hard to find stuntmen who have his shape.
After his second full term as Governor, he has returned to acting, starring, for instance, in the 2013 film, Escape Plan.
Unless you live outside the U.S.A. you know that Arnold Schwarzenegger is a Republican. When he came to America in 1968, the Richard M. Nixon – Hubert H. Humphrey presidential race was all over television. What the Democratic Humphrey had to say sounded a lot like socialism to Arnold, which was contributing to problems in Austria. On the other hand, Nixon was talking about reducing government intervention in free enterprise, and that sounded just right to Schwarzenegger. From that time on, he has been a Republican.
Before becoming Governor, he was the chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
In 2003, California had a recall election. In eighteen of the United States including California, with enough signatures on a petition, a new election is held, and the incumbent governor can be replaced. That’s just what happened to Democratic governor Gray Davis. Attempts at recall elections had been tried 117 times previously in California’s history, but this is the first one that actually took place.
One of the first actions Governor Schwarzenegger took was to repeal a recent unpopular increase in motor vehicle registration fees. They had been raised by a factor of three or more. Ordinary citizens had to come up with hundreds of dollars a year to keep their cars on the road.
During his time in office, Arnold did not accept the $175,000 annual salary. He said it was a drop in the bucket compared to his personal wealth.
Also during his time office, at least six women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. Evidently the governor was fond of groping women in elevators and elsewhere.
As Governor, he has passed legislation to reduce greenhouse gasses. He has done something about it with his very own Hummer, which he had converted to run on pure hydrogen at a cost of around $21,000. His home is heated with solar panels.
We all know that he cannot run for President of the United States, right? After all, a president has to be native-born. Not necessarily so. A loophole exists in which he can file a legal challenge to Article II, Section I, Clause V of the US constitution.
Arnold has a very good head for business. Early in his career he started founding a mail order dietary supplement businss, buying residental housing properties, and making other investments. By the age of 30, he was a millionaire.
Arnold lives in an 11,000-square-foot house in Brentwood, a suburb of Los Angeles. By comparison, a small three-bedroom house is 850 square feet, and a large three-bedroom house is 1,500 square feet. In addition, he and Maria own homes in Sun Valley, Idaho, and Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
Sun Valley is one of America’s skiing and ice skating hot spots. Many of the ice skating stars summer in Sun Valley, which has the only year-round outdoor ice rink in the world.
Sun Valley is also where Arnold fell over a ski pole in 2006, and broke his right femur, the big bone in his thigh. Surgery was required to reassemble the bone with stainless steel pins, bolts and cables.
Arnold has had two motorcycle accidents. The first, in 2001 broke six of his ribs. Then in 2006, he was driving a Harley with an attached sidecar carrying his son Patrick when a car backed out of a driveway. Patrick was not hurt, and Arnold sustained only a cut lip, requiring 15 stitches. Interestingly, the Governor did not have a proper motorcycle license at the time. He got his license six months later.
Arnold has said that he is 6′ 2″ tall. His height was reported as 6′ 1-1/2″ in his early bodybuilding days. However, some politicians and reporters have said that he seems less tall. There is speculation that he is actually only around 5′ 10″ tall.
His net worth is estimated at somewhere in the neighborhood of a half-billion dollars.
Arnold’s most famous movie line is, “I’ll be back.”
Many of his action scenes take place in bathrooms. Many of his chase scenes take place in shopping malls.
Arnold likes to smoke cigars.
Arnold’s jaw used to jut forward somewhat, but he had surgery, called a genioplasty, to reduce the protrusion.
Arnold’s friend Jesse Ventura, also a strong individual from a similar sport – wrestling, performed with him in the movie Predator and became governor of Minnesota.
Whereas Arnold Schwarzenegger has portrayed heroes on the screen, he is an actual hero, too. While on vacation in Hawaii, he swam into the ocean and saved a man from drowning.
Schwarzenegger means “black plough man” in German.