Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947, in Thal, Styria, Austria, where his father worked as a policeman. Since he didn't envision himself as a great intellectual, he turned to bodybuilding while in his early teens. Watching Reg Park's Hercules films encouraged Schwarzenegger to devote more time to bodybuilding.

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LEFT: Arnold Schwarzenegger and his mentor Reg Park in a 1968 photo. CENTER: Beefcake photo. RIGHT: Schwarzenegger lifts Betty Weider in an early 1970s photo used for a Joe Weider advertisement (thanks to Harold Forsko). You'll find more bodybuilding photos like these in the Arnold Schwarzenegger Gallery

While the overwhelming majority of Arnold Schwarzenegger's films, not B-movie drive-in flicks, he got his start as Hercules in the campy low-budget film Hercules in New York (1970; with Arnold Stang). With the prompting of his friend and mentor Reg Park, Schwarzenegger accepted the lead role in Hercules in New York, not to build an acting career but as a way to build a bank account. Throughout the early to mid 1970s, he took on a handful of various roles, mostly on television shows. Ironically, the documentary Pumping Iron (1977) was the catalyst for Schwarzenegger's subsequent acting career.

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Hercules in New York (1970)

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Hercules in New York was Schwarzenegger's first film

Stay Hungry (1976)

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LEFT: Promotional still from Stay Hungry. RIGHT: Ad mat for the film, which also features Jeff Bridges and Sally Field

Pumping Iron (1977)

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Promotional still from Pumping Iron

The Streets of San Francisco (1972-1977 ABC TV Series)

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Still taken during Schwarzenegger's 1977 guest appearance on The Streets of San Francisco

The Villain (1979)

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Released in 1979, The Villain was Schwarzenegger's second comedy. LEFT: As Handsome Stranger. RIGHT: With Kirk Douglas and Ann-Margret

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

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Schwarzenegger as the title character in Universal's adventure Conan the Barbarian

The Terminator (1984)

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Schwarzenegger as The Terminator

Conan the Destroyer (1985)

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LEFT: Shot in Yuma, Arizona, Conan the Destroyer is the second entry in Dino De Laurentiis' successful Conan franchise. RIGHT: With Olivia d'Abo and Wilt Chamberlain

Commando (1985)

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As John Matrix in the 2oth Century Fox actioner Commando

Raw Deal (1986)

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From the crime thriller Raw Deal, produced by the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group

Predator (1987)

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From the 20th Century Fox sci-fi thriller Predator with Carl Weathers

Red Heat (1988)

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With Jim Belushi in Tristar's action-comedy Red Heat

Eraser (1996)

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As U.S. Marshal John 'The Eraser' Kruger in the Warner Bros. action flick Eraser. This film had a budget in excess of $100 million and earned more than twice its budget in its original release

arnold schwarzenegger today

Since his 2010 exit from politics, Arnold Schwarzenegger has resumed his film career with great success, with appearances in The Expendables franchise and in other action thrillers. Now 67 years old, his revived acting career is showing no signs of slowing down. His role in the upcoming film Maggie (2015; with Abigail Breslin) is a departure for the action star, in that the film is a horror flick with a zombie theme that promises to thrill audiences.

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Maggie (2015) with Abigail Breslin
The Expendables 3 (2014) with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Harrison Ford, Dolph Lundgren, Mel Gibson, and Wesley Snipes
Sabotage (2014) with Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, and Terrence Howard
Escape Plan (2013) with Sylvester Stallone, Jim Caviezel, Sam Neill, Vincent D'Onofrio, and 50 Cent
The Last Stand (2013) with Johnny Knoxville, Forest Whitaker, and Peter Stormare
The Expendables 2 (2012) with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, and Bruce Willis
The Kid & I (2005) with Tom Arnold, Henry Winkler, and Jamie Lee Curtis
Around the World in 80 Days (2004) with Jackie Chan
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) with Claire Danes
Collateral Damage (2002)
The 6th Day (2000) with Robert Duvall
End of Days (1999) with Udo Kier
Batman and Robin (1997) with George Clooney
Eraser (1996) with James Caan
Jingle All the Way (1996) with Robert Conrad and Phil Hartman
Terminator 2: 3-D (1996) this short film is embedded in a Universal Studios Theme Park attraction
Junior (1994) with Danny DeVito
True Lies (1994) with Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill Paxton, and Tia Carrere
Dave (1993)
Last Action Hero (1993) with F. Murray Abraham
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Kindergarten Cop (1990) with Carroll Baker
Total Recall (1990)
Twins (1988) with Danny Devito
Red Heat (1988) with James Belushi
The Running Man (1987) with Jim Brown, Yaphet Kotto, and Jesse Ventura
Predator (1987) with Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura
Raw Deal (1986) with Darren McGavin
Commando (1985) with Rae Dawn Chong
Red Sonja (1985) with Brigitte Nielsen
The Terminator (1984) with Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, and Rick Rossovich
Conan the Destroyer (1984) with Wilt Chamberlain, Grace Jones, and Jeff Corey
Conan the Barbarian (1982) with James Earl Jones and William Smith
The Jayne Mansfield Story (1980) with Loni Anderson as Jayne Mansfield. Schwarzenegger portrays Mickey Hargitay
Scavenger Hunt (1979) with Richard Benjamin and Willie Aames
The Villain (1979) with Kirk Douglas, Ann-Margret, Paul Lynde, and Ruth Buzzi
Pumping Iron (1977) with Lou Ferrigno and Serge Nubret
Stay Hungry (1976) with Jeff Bridges, Sally Field, and Robert Englund
The Long Goodbye (1973) with Sterling Hayden and Elliott Gould
Hercules in New York (aka Hercules Goes Bananas) (1970) with Arnold Stang and Taina Elg
Tales from the Crypt, episode The Switch, originally aired in 1990
The Streets of San Francisco, episode Dead Lift, originally aired March 10, 1977
The Dating Game, as a contestant, originally aired in 1974.

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