Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Slumdog Millionaire

  • Name: Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Date of Birth: July 30, 1947
  • Height: 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
  • Weight: 235 lb (107 kg) (contest) 260 lb (118 kg) (off-season)
  • Chest: 57"
  • Championships: Seven-time Mr. Olympia winner, Four-time Mr. Universe winner, 1969 World Amateur Bodybuilding Champion, 1977 Golden Globe Award winner, and many more.

Biography of Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Underdog

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With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have guessed that a brash, quick-witted bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune through astute investments, and one day be Governor of California!?

Arnold Schwarzenegger's incredible story is a true "rags to riches" tale of a penniless immigrant making it in the land of opportunity, the United States of America. And building beyond the usual American Dream.

Early Life

Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947, in the Austrian town of Graz. Schwarzenegger's upbringing was far from ideal. Gustav, his father, was an alcoholic police chief and former Nazi Party member who clearly preferred Arnold's older brother over his gangly, seemingly less athletic younger son.

He was raised in the tiny village of Thal, just outside of Graz, Austria, with his older brother Meinhard. Gustav Schwarzenegger, the local police chief, lived above the police station where Schwarzenegger worked. The Schwarzenegger residence was modest. They didn't even have indoor plumbing until Arnold was a teenager. This was not unusual at the time, as families throughout Europe were just beginning to recover from the effects of World War II (1939–45).

Gustav Schwarzenegger was a military officer before joining the police force, and he ran his household in a strict military fashion. Arnold and Meinhard were both required to get up before sunrise to complete their tasks. Following chores, a rigorous exercise routine was followed by breakfast. Gustav instilled a love of sports in his sons as well. Meinhard was a boxing champion who died in a car accident when he was twenty-three years old. Arnold was a promising soccer player. While doing exercises to strengthen his legs for soccer, Schwarzenegger discovered the sport that would make him famous: bodybuilding.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was obsessed with weightlifting and bodybuilding. He worked out for hours every day, both at a local gym and at home, where he set up a training area in a cold room. In order to become physically fit, he also studied anatomy and nutrition. His parents were concerned that he was obsessed with training, but Schwarzenegger had a goal in mind: to leave his small village and become a success in America.

"All these years of lifting and hard training taught me something. What I discovered was that we are always stronger than we realize."


Schwarzenegger joined the Austrian army after graduating from high school in 1965. He won his first bodybuilding title, Mr. Junior Europe, just one month after enlisting. Schwarzenegger had left his army base without permission to compete in the competition, which was held in Germany. As a result, he spent the next year in the brig, which is a detention facility for military personnel who have committed crimes. After his release, Schwarzenegger returned to the gym with vigor, often spending up to five hours a day there.

Mr. Olympia Sets a New Record

By the age of 20, he had dominated competitive bodybuilding. Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes the youngest Mr. Universe winner in history. Schwarzenegger established himself as a sports icon by introducing bodybuilding to a new international audience. He emigrated to America in 1968, with his sights set on Hollywood, and went on to win five Mr. Universe titles and seven Mr. Olympia titles before retiring to focus on acting.


"Victory brings confidence, but struggle brings strength."

Train like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the one and only seven-time Mr. Olympia. Arnold's muscle-building workouts emphasize a high-volume, high-frequency approach to training.

Arnold Schwarzenegger won the last of his seven Mr. Olympia titles in 1980, but the workouts that helped shape him into arguably the greatest bodybuilder ever are as relevant today as they were then. Everything Arnold did revolve around training, from the time he moved from Munich to Southern California in 1969 to his first retirement from professional bodybuilding in 1975 (1980 represented his brief competitive comeback).

He'd go to Gold's Gym in Venice twice a day with all of his closest friends, including bodybuilding legends like the late Franco Columbu, Frank Zane, and Dave Draper.

His workouts lasted hours and seemed to include an infinite number of exercises and sets. It was the pinnacle of high-volume training, a method of working out that is now widely criticized by most fitness experts for not allowing adequate muscle recovery. There was, however, a method to Arnold's madness. The actual workouts performed by the Austrian Oak while he was the undisputed king of bodybuilding are shown in the following slides, body part by body part.

Box office gross

Schwarzenegger rose to prominence in Hollywood after working under the pseudonym Arnold Strong in his first feature, HERCULES, in New York. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association awarded him a Golden Globe® for New Male Star of the Year in 1977 for his performance in STAY HUNGRY opposite Sally Field. His big break came in 1982 when the sword and sorcery epic CONAN THE BARBARIAN went to the top of the box office. As the title character in James Cameron's sci-fi thriller TERMINATOR, Schwarzenegger blew up the screen and catapulted himself into cinema history in 1984. He is the only actor who has appeared in both categories of the American Film Institute's Hundred Years of Heroes and Villains for roles in the film. His films have grossed over $3 billion worldwide to date.

In a historic recall election in 2003, Schwarzenegger became the 38th Governor of the State of California, ushering in an era of innovative leadership and extraordinary public service. Among Schwarzenegger's most notable achievements as governor were the nation-leading Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, a bipartisan agreement to combat global warming by reducing California's greenhouse gas emissions, and overhauling the state's workers' compensation system, which reduced costs by more than 35%. Furthermore, through his Strategic Growth Plan, Schwarzenegger was the first governor in decades to make significant investments in improving California's aging infrastructure, thereby helping to reduce congestion and clean the air. He established the Hydrogen Highway and the Million Solar Roofs Plan, continuing his environmental leadership. Governor Schwarzenegger's more than three years of leadership culminated in November 2009 with the passage of the Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010.

California Governor Candidate

Arnold Schwarzenegger served as California's most effective marketing tool as governor, traveling across the country and around the world to promote California-grown products, cutting-edge technologies, and the state's diverse travel destinations. Furthermore, using his background as an internationally recognized athlete, Schwarzenegger prioritized restoring health and fitness. He signed legislation that made California's school nutrition standards the most progressive in the country, and he continues to promote healthy habits by removing harmful Trans fats from restaurants and making nutritional information available to diners. Schwarzenegger led the reform to make California competitive for up to $700 million in federal Race to the Top funds in order to improve classrooms across the state and ensure that all California students have access to the world-class education they need to grow, thrive, and succeed.

In recognition of these efforts, Schwarzenegger has received numerous awards for his outstanding leadership and vision, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center's "National Leadership Award" and the American Council On Renewable Energy's "Renewable Energy Leader of the Decade."

But it is Schwarzenegger's commitment to giving something back to his state and country through public service that satisfies him the most; donating his time, energy, and personal finances to serving others all over the world. Schwarzenegger is the Chairman of the After School All-Stars, a nationwide after-school program, as well as a Special Olympics coach and international torch bearer. He also served as Chairman of George H. W. Bush's President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and as Chair of Governor Pete Wilson's California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Since leaving office, Schwarzenegger has co-founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a global non-profit dedicated to assisting subnational governments in developing, implementing, and communicating the importance of low-carbon and climate-resilient projects, as well as the economic benefits associated with them. The United Nations Correspondents Association named him a 2012 Global Advocate in December 2012 for his work with the organization.

The Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy at the University of Southern California was launched in August 2012 to provide students with an opportunity to focus on leaders' responsibility to transcend partisanship in order to implement policies that benefit the people they serve. Education, energy and the environment, fiscal and economic policy, health and human wellness, and political reform are its five priority areas of focus.

Since leaving the Governor's office, his political reform campaign has grown exponentially, with him engaging in litigation and lobbying across the country to help end gerrymandering once and for all.

Schwarzenegger combined his passions for global issues and entertainment in 2014 when he served as executive producer and correspondent on Showtime's Emmy-winning climate change docu-series, YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY.

He was most recently seen in Taran Killam's directorial debut, KILLING GUNTHER (2017). In a new Terminator film this year, he will reprise his iconic role as The Terminator.

Marital Life

Arnold Schwarzenegger relationship with Barbara Outland

Arnold Schwarzenegger moved to the United States in 1968 after becoming the youngest Mr. Universe winner. The successful bodybuilding athlete was determined to make a name for himself in Hollywood. Barbara Outland was a college student when he met her.

The couple moved in and lived together for the next six years. Because Arnold is so dedicated to his Bodybuilding career, the couple began to drift apart. Barbara stated in an interview that they were very different. Barbara desired to marry and live a simple life, whereas Arnold despised the very idea of living a simple life.

Arnold Schwarzenegger relationship with Sue Moray

In 1977, Arnold admitted to an open relationship with Hollywood hairdresser Sue Moray. When Arnold lived in town, Sue Moray confirmed that they were together and committed to each other. When Arnold was out of town, they were free to date whoever they wanted.

Arnold had a four-year relationship with Sue Moray.

Arnold Schwarzenegger relationship with Maria Shriver

He met and began dating Maria Shriver while maintaining an open relationship with Sue Moray. It was at this point that Arnold began living a double life. It was also the first time Arnold had been involved in deception and infidelity.

At the Robert F. Kennedy pro-celebrity tennis tournament in 1977, Arnold Schwarzenegger met Maria Shriver. After a while, they began dating. Despite his feelings for Shriver, Arnold maintained his open relationship with Moray.

Arnold had cheated on Maria Shriver several times without even trying to hide it. As a result, when Arnold proposed to Maria, she turned him down twice. Arnold finally got her to say yes when he proposed to her for the third time in August 1985. In April 1986, the couple married.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver's relationship was riddled with deception, hurt, and extramarital affairs, prompting intense media speculation and scrutiny. After 25 years of marriage and four children, Maria Shriver decided to end her marriage with Arnold and filed for divorce in 2011. Katherine Schwarzenegger, Christina Schwarzenegger, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Christopher Schwarzenegger are all members of the Schwarzenegger family.

Many tabloids have reported on Arnold Schwarzenegger's numerous affairs with his film co-stars. One of the most publicized relationships was with model Brigitte Nielsen. Brigitte was Arnold's co-star on Red Sonja, and they met on set.

Arnold admitted to having extramarital affairs in an interview in 2012. He admitted to having a relationship with Brigitte Nielsen. He stated that he refused her request to accept her as a wife or woman.

Arnold had a couple of extramarital affairs while he was married to Maria Shriver. His love life was constantly in the news. In her book "The Governator," celebrity biographer Ian Halperin mentioned Arnold's affair with her co-star Gigi Goyette.

Schwarzenegger and Goyette collaborated on the film "Little House on the Prairie." Later, after Schwarzenegger's divorce from Shriver in 2011, Goyette confirmed her affair with Arnold in an interview. Arnold denied having any romantic feelings for Goyette.


Schwarzenegger, who turns 60 in July, fractured his right femur, the body's longest bone, in a skiing accident in Idaho on December 23. Surgeons repaired it with cables and screws.

The seven-time winner Mr. Olympia admitted in January that the injury had been the most painful he had ever experienced and had left him in constant pain. He claimed that the break happened slowly when his ski failed to release from its binding, twisting his leg until it snapped. According to Schwarzenegger, his artificial hip played a role.

The governor has stated that he has avoided taking strong pain medications during his recovery in order to remain alert and that he has focused on work to keep his mind off the pain.

But, according to Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear, the governor's recovery is nearly complete.

"There will be no more surgeries, and he will no longer be in physical therapy," McLear said. "We may see him with the cane for a little longer, but we can expect to see him completely without" it soon.

Use of Steroids

"Because participating in the competition meant so much to me, I didn't carefully consider the consequences."

Many people in the bodybuilding community associate anabolic steroids with the sport. People can't seem to see a jacked dude walking down the street without immediately accusing him of being high. Whether or not he is on gear.

The fact remains that if you want to reap the benefits of anabolic steroid use, you must still put in the effort, both in terms of training and diet. When it comes to steroids, some bodybuilders will ignore the subject until they're blue in the face.

Arnold has previously addressed his steroid use. When we look at a typical Arnold Schwarzenegger performance-enhancing drugs cycle from the 1960s and 1970s, we see that it is from the 1960s and 1970s. Remember, steroids were not illegal at the time. So Arnold didn't cheat or do anything wrong.

Arnold, surprisingly, did not use powerful drugs like trenbolone for bulking or clenbuterol for cutting, instead opting to use them to maintain and preserve muscle tissue.

He would primarily use steroids when dieting and trimming down for a competition.

Primobolan, Deca-Durabolin, and Anabol or Dianabol were his preferred steroids.


Allegations of Sexual Harassment

There have also been allegations of sexual abuse leveled against the former governor. This information became public only five days before his final election campaign. Newspapers reported on a number of women accusing him of sexual misconduct. Six people came forward with allegations of abuse.

Arnold "grabbed their breasts," according to three of them. "He placed his hand under her skirt on her buttock," said the fourth woman. Another woman claimed he tried to take her swimming suit off in a hotel elevator. According to another report, he drew a woman onto his lap and inquired about a sexual act.

Arnold admits it was "the stupidest thing" he's ever done, knowing he's "inflicted tremendous pain" on his entire family. He's also admitted to "behaving badly at times" and apologized, but he's also stated that "a lot of what you see in the stories is not true."


Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Arnold Schwarzenegger

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER is a world champion bodybuilder, Hollywood action hero, successful businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, best-selling author, and the 38th Governor of California.

Schwarzenegger began lifting weights at the age of 15 and won the Mr. Universe title at the age of 20, followed by seven Mr. Olympia titles. He is still a major figure in bodybuilding, having written numerous books and articles on the subject. The Arnold Sports Festival is named after him, and it is considered the second most important bodybuilding event after Mr. Olympia.

Schwarzenegger rose to international prominence as a Hollywood action movie star after retiring from bodybuilding. Following his performance in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron (1977), his breakthrough film was Epic of Sword and Witchcraft Conan the Barbarian (1982), a box office success that resulted in a 1984 sequel. He then played the title character in the critically and commercially successful science fiction film The Terminator (1984), and he is the founder of the film production company Oak Productions.

During his bodybuilding days, Schwarzenegger was known as the "Austrian Oak," "Arnie" or "Schwarzy" during his acting career, and "The Governator" during his political career. In 1986, he married Maria Shriver, the niece of President John F. Kennedy. They divorced in 2017 after admitting to having a child with their housekeeper in 1997. They separated in 2011.