Biography of Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an American actor of Austrian origin, a famous body-builder, and a Republican who needs no introduction. He became famous for the title role in the film series «The Terminator» and acting in such pictures as «Conan the Barbarian», «The Running Man», «True Lies», «Twins», «Junior», and more. He is the holder of Mr. Universe (fivefold) and Mr. Olympia (sevenfold) titles. In 2003, he became the 38th Governor of California.
Childhood and School YearsArnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947, in Thal village near the town of Graz, Austria, in a Catholic family of Gustav Schwarzenegger (1907–1972) and Aurelia Schwarzenegger, her maiden name was Jadrny (1922–1998).
Early Successes in BodybuildingIn 1965, 18-year-old Schwarzenegger was draughted into the Austrian army that he joined with pleasure, having a chance to escape from father's house. To Arnie's joy, he was sent to Tank Corps. Those big and powerful vehicles attracted him. Besides, tank drivers were allowed to drive any vehicle types, motorcycles, and even tractors.
Bodybuilding Carrier in the USAThe young man always wanted to move to the USA, and his bodybuilding carrier gave him this chance. Arnold moved in September 1968, when he was 21 years old. California became his new home.
Schwarzenegger's Acting CareerIn 1970, Arnold Schwarzenegger started to act in films, as many other famous body-builders did before, including his idols Reg Park and Steve Reeves. In the beginning, producers were afraid to invite him. Such problems as the strong accent, swell muscles that looked unnatural on screens, and the «sesquipedalian» last name of the beginning actor terrified them.
Political Cereer of SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger is a member of the Republican Party of the USA that is not typical for actors who mostly support Democrats. At the same time, his views can be considered centrist, for they are more liberal on many issues than views of «classical» republicans. In particular, he stands against the prohibition of abortion and doesn't support the war in Iraq. Moreover, Schwarzenegger is a consistent supporter of the Kyoto Protocol concerning the control of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, and he also supports independent researches of stem cell applications.
Private Life of Arnold SchwarzeneggerIn 1969, he met his first love, a teacher Barbara Outland Baker. This relationship lasted until 1974, but then the couple had to break up. Barbara wanted to build a «normal and close-knit family,» but Arnold wasn't ready for that.
In August 1977, while he was still with Moray, Schwarzenegger started dating Maria Shriver, a television journalist who was a niece of the killed President John Kennedy. His final choice between two women he made only a year later after Sue delivered an ultimatum and made him choose, and he chose Maria.