1. 20 Greatest Movie Stars of All Time: Arnold Schwarzenegger
In October 1997, Empire magazine released their highly anticipated "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list, and Arnold Schwarzenegger was ranked an impressive number twenty. This was a testament to the Austrian-born actor's success in the film industry, having starred in iconic films such as The Terminator, Predator, and Total Recall. Schwarzenegger's success in the film industry has been long-lasting, and his ranking on the list is a testament to his enduring legacy.
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2. 21-Year-Old Arnold Schwarzenegger Makes Bold Move to the United States
At the age of 21, Arnold Schwarzenegger made the bold move to the United States, despite speaking very little English. Despite the language barrier, he was determined to make a name for himself and, over the years, he has become one of the most recognizable figures in the world. His success is a testament to his hard work and determination, and serves as an inspiration to anyone who has ever faced a seemingly insurmountable challenge.
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3. Bodybuilding Legend
Arnold Schwarzenegger was passionate about bodybuilding, so when he moved to Los Angeles, he jumped at the chance to train under the renowned Joe Weider. His hard work and dedication paid off, as he went on to win the prestigious Mr. Olympia title a remarkable seven times - an incredible feat that has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time.
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4. Arnold's 1997 Marriage Split: Fathered Child with Maid
For twenty five years, Arnold Schwarzenegger was married to Maria Shriver, the niece of the late US President, John F. Kennedy. However, their marriage ended in 1997 when news broke out that Schwarzenegger had fathered a child with his maid, leading to their separation.
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5. Active Life After Successful Surgery
In 1997, Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent heart surgery to treat a congenital heart valve disorder. The disorder had been present since birth, and the surgery was necessary to ensure that the actor and former Governor of California could continue to lead a healthy and active life. The surgery was successful, and Schwarzenegger has since gone on to star in numerous films and television shows, as well as continuing to be an advocate for health and fitness.
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6. Arnold Schwarzenegger Produces Successful Films and TV Shows
Arnold Schwarzenegger is a man of many talents, and one of them is producing. He owns his own production company, Oak Productions, which has been responsible for producing some of the most successful films and television shows of the past few decades. From action-packed blockbusters to award-winning documentaries, Oak Productions has been a major player in the entertainment industry. With Schwarzenegger at the helm, Oak Productions continues to be a leader in the industry, creating content that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.
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7. The Incredible Hulk's Tallest Opponent
In the 1970s, Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered for the lead role in the popular comic book television series “The Incredible Hulk”. Unfortunately, the producers decided against him due to his height, as they felt he wasn't tall enough to accurately portray the character. Despite this, Schwarzenegger went on to become one of the most iconic action stars of all time, with his career spanning over five decades and including iconic roles such as the Terminator and Conan the Barbarian.
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8. FOX's "The Simpsons" features a parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger
The popular FOX television series "The Simpsons" features a character based on Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rainier Wolfecastle. This character is a parody of the actor, with his name being a combination of Schwarzenegger's character in the movie "Twins" and the German castle Neuschwanstein. He is often seen wearing a leather jacket and sunglasses, similar to Schwarzenegger's iconic look in the "Terminator" films.
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9. Arnold Schwarzenegger could have been John McClane
Arnold Schwarzenegger was originally offered the iconic role of John McClane in the Die Hard franchise, but he declined the part, which was then taken on by Bruce Willis. This role has become one of the most iconic action hero roles of all time, and it's hard to imagine anyone other than Bruce Willis playing the part. However, it could have been Arnold Schwarzenegger, had he accepted the offer.
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10. A Political Icon
In 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger made a historic announcement on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" - he would be running for Governor of California. This was a major surprise to many, as Schwarzenegger had never held a political office before. His campaign was successful, and he was sworn in as Governor of California in November of 2003. Schwarzenegger served two terms as Governor, and his tenure was marked by a number of significant accomplishments, including the passage of a $15 billion infrastructure bond and the signing of a landmark climate change bill.
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