Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger biography
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Arnold Schwarzenegger biography

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born on July 30 of 1947 in Thal, Austria. He is mostly recognized for his foray into bodybuilding; and, later, for his acting facet. In addition to cinema and competitions at Mister Universe, he has also worked as an entrepreneur and politician. He has been the emblem of Hollywood action movies of the late twentieth century. Roles in Terminator and Conan have led him to be known worldwide. The last political performances that stand out most are due to the government of California between the period 2003 and 2011.

The city of Thal is somewhat small. It is near Graz, in Austria. His family was made up of Gustav Schwarzenegger, who served as chief of police; and Aurelia Jadrny, widow at 23 years of age. The religion imparted by their parents was Catholicism, in addition to attending Sunday Mass, they taught Arnold and Meinhard strict behavior and obedience. In adolescence, the young promise of bodybuilding practiced different sports. Athletics, boxing, soccer. There was no professional preparation, but I participated locally in each sport. The only goal he had in mind, being very young, was to be the strongest man in the world.

The relationship between father and son was not the best. Arnold describes his father as someone who did not listen or did not have the patience to understand. Gustav’s preference for Meinhard shifted the attention of the young athlete to his mother, which became stronger until the day she died. The decision to focus on bodybuilding came when he was 14 years old. Due to the influence of his father, Arnold practiced many sports, but it was thanks to the soccer coach that, in the year 1960, Arnold began to train with weights. At age 15 he read about psychology to strengthen his mind and have more control over his body. At 17 he was already beginning to compete.

He spent his adolescence in a gym in Graz and in the cinema, where he met Johnny Weissmuller, Steve Teeves and Reg Park. For the year 1961, he met Kurt Marnul, former Mr. Olympia, and they began to train together. 10 years later, in 1971, his brother, Meinhard, died in a car accident due to alcohol consumption. Arnold did not attend the funeral, but he took over the education of his nephew, Patrick Schwarzenegger. The year after the death of his older brother, his father died from a cerebral stroke. Family relationships were complicated, Arnold, according to his ex-partner, Barbara Outland Baker, said that he wanted to be bigger, stronger so that his father would finally see him.

After rendering military service and competing in Mr. Europe decided to leave and take a flight to enter NABBA Mr. Universe that would take place in London. He obtained the second place, being surpassed by the North American Chester Yorton. In such competition, he would call the attention of the Bennett jury, who would train him under his charge and provided him lodging, where he perfected his inferior trunk and learned English. Later he met Reg Park in person, who influenced his training, all these possibilities made that, in 1967, at the age of 20, he won the title of Mr. Universe. Arnold won the title five times in the years 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970. At age 23 he won the title of Mr. Olimpia, in New York City, repeating the feat 7 times more. The use of anabolics is quite controversial in the fitness industry, Arnold admitted to having used anabolics, but he did it when they were still considered legal.

After having conquered the world of bodybuilding he wanted to venture into the cinema, his other passion as a child. In 1969 he starred in Hercules in New York. In 1973 he appeared as a deaf world in The Long Goodbay, under the direction of Robert Altman. In 1976 he played a role in Stay Hungry that gave him a Golden Globe as the new star of the year. The roles to which he could apply were conditioned by his physique and, at the same time, by his accent. In Hercules, they had to double it because of his bad pronunciation. In 1977 he starred in a film about the world of bodybuilding. In 1979 he would be part of Cactus Jack, a comedy that failed at the box office. In 1979 Arnold would put himself in the role of Mickey Hargitay, a bodybuilder, to make a biographical film.

The great success that would take to Schwarzenegger to reach the fame that he yearned for is Conan the Bárbaro, released in 1982 and directed by John Milius. After the great success at the box office, a second part would be made in 1984 that would achieve greater sales worldwide. That same year it would appear in Terminator, film directed by James Cameron, that would consolidate the fame of the actor. He worked in Hollywood film as Commando in 1985, Raw Deal in 1986, The Running Man in 1987, and Red Heat for the year of 1988. Another great success is Predator, in 1987. He is followed by multiple films with good reception.

The political career began with the Republican party in the United States. He showed himself as a Republican when he accompanied, in 1988, Vice President George Bush. In 1990 until 1993 he was president of the Council of Health, Physics and Sports. Bush named him and gave him the nickname Conan the Republican. This position returned to play later, in California. In 2003 he announced his candidacy for the governorship of California. 48% of the votes elected him as Governor, on October 7, 2003, and he was reelected in 2010 with 56% of the votes.

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